Flood-impacted small businesses in New South Wales get targeted disaster assistance

Media release
22 Nov 2022
Prime Minister, Premier of New South Wales, Minister for Emergency Management, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience, New South Wales Minister for Flood Recovery

Small businesses and not-for-profit organisations affected by ongoing flooding in New South Wales can now apply for recovery grants of up to $50,000, as part of the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

The NSW Government has identified a significant number of businesses impacted by multiple flooding events since August, who are likely to face extensive clean-up and repair work.

In addition, Local Government Recovery Grants of $1 million will be extended to a further 46 councils in the local government areas that have been disaster declared from the most recent storm and flood event to ensure streamlined, flexible and immediate funding to support local economic and social recovery.

To learn more or apply, businesses and not-for-profits can visit the Service NSW website or call 13 77 88.

Quotes attributable to the Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese

"We know this repeated, relentless, flooding is very tough on people, and we want them to know we will be there to support them now – and as they continue to recover."

"The Australian Government is working closely with the NSW Government to ensure financial support is provided where it is needed to assist residents and local communities who have been impacted by the floods."

Quotes attributable to New South Wales Premier, Dominic Perrottet

"We know many small businesses across flood impacted areas are doing it tough right now, which is why this assistance to help them bounce back is so important."

"This support will help small businesses in these communities with the clean-up and recovery process so they can get back up and running."

Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Management, Senator Murray Watt

"We're standing side-by-side with communities by providing assistance to help them now, while we also assess the longer-term support that will be required to help towns become more resilient."

"The Albanese Government has moved swiftly to assist the victims of natural disasters and we are working closely with state governments and councils to make sure that the right support is getting where it's needed."

Quotes attributable to New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery, Steph Cooke

"This is an incredibly challenging time, particularly for those who have experienced flood after flood over the past 12 months and haven't been able to fully recover."

"The funding being announced today will help business owners with their immediate clean-up and rebuilding efforts."