Business Support

Grants 

The following grants are being managed by the Small Business Development Corporation which were announced by the WA Government to assist small businesses who have experienced financial impacts due to COVID-19.  More information on all of these grants is available via the Small Business Development Corporation website

Small Business Hardship Grants

As part of the WA Government’s Level 2 COVID-19 Business Assistance Package, tiered grants are being offered to eligible businesses that can demonstrate a 50 per cent decrease in business turnover for any two week period between 1 January and 30 April 2022, compared to an equivalent period in 2021. Payments will be based on the number of full time equivalent (FTE) employees of the business.  Applications are now open until 30 June 2022.

Tenant Rent Relief Scheme

As part of the WA Government’s Level 1 COVID-19 Business Assistance Package, grants of $3,000 are being offered to eligible small businesses tenant that can demonstrate a 30 per cent decrease in business turnover for any four week period between 1 January and 30 April 2022, compared to an equivalent period in 2021. Applications are now open until 30 June 2022.

Small Business Assistance Grant - December 2021

This grant is designed to assist small businesses that were directly financially impacted by the Chief Health Officer’s COVID Restrictions (Directions) from 23 December 2021 to 4 January 2022. Eligible businesses will receive payments for each impacted day, with applications open to both employing and non-employing businesses until 30 March 2022.

Key Contacts

For the latest WA State Government information relating to Covid-19, updated news and information visit the WA State Government website

For further information on Covid-19 restrictions and what this means for community and business visit the Small Business Development Corporation website

The Economic and Business Development Team within the City of Busselton have compiled the following links and information that maybe helpful to you as a local business and key industry.  Contact the Team to find out more information via email economicdevelopment@busselton.wa.gov.au

To find out about the support available for businesses visit the Australian Tax Office website.

For health information visit the WA Health Department website.

For information regarding the impact of Covid-19 on residential tenancy visit the Government of WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety 

For information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on commercial tenancy visit the Government of WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety

Other resources and support for businesses

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA offers resources that may assist businesses experiencing difficulty as a result of Covid-19. This includes information on: 

  • Planning
  • Business continuity
  • Workforce options
  • Standing down staff
  • Managing apprentices and trainees

Visit the Chamber of Commerce and Industry website for more information.

The South West Alliance is a collective of community-minded stakeholders, organisations and business owners from the public and private sectors that have rallied together to assist in the response and recovery to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. For more information visit the South West Alliance website.

The Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA) provides updates on how businesses are welcoming visitors to the region and adapting operations where necessary. For more information visit the MRBTA website.

Other useful tourist-related information can be found on the Australia's South West (ASW) website

The Business Advisory SW & Peel is the local arm of Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) and is an authorised State Government funded agency in the South West and Peel providing business support to small businesses during the Covid-19 epidemic. It offers small business support for pre-start, start up and established businesses in all areas of business (business development, planning, social media, marketing, legal, websites, human resources, staffing, financial). For more information visit the Business Advisory website.

Grape Growers and Wine Producers in the region can find the latest wine industry information from the Margaret River Wine Association (MRWA). Visit the Margaret River Wine Association website.

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