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More primary producers eligible for bushfire assistance 

The Australian Government is extending the timeframe to 31 December 2020 for primary producers to apply for primary producer recovery grants of up to $75,000. The decision to extend application timeframes recognises that some primary producers have experienced drought, bushfires and now COVID-19, and need more time to make a claim. The Australian Government are also expanding grant eligibility for primary producers to ensure assistance is available to those most in need, the key eligibility changes include:

  • adjusted off-farm income threshold making it easier to be eligible.
  • allowing extra time for applicants to reach the 50% income threshold in recognition of long lead times required by some sectors to reach full production.
  • applicants are no longer required to be registered for GST but must still hold an ABN.
  • businesses earning more than 50% of their income from a combination of primary production and goods made directly from that produce will now be eligible for assistance.

The eligibility changes will come into effect shortly and will be in place until  31 December 2020.

You can apply for the primary producer grants through your state government:

If you have previously applied for a primary producer grant and was unsuccessful, you may now be eligible under the changed criteria, you do not need to reapply. You will be contacted by the agencies administering the grants.

Extension to small businesses

The Australian Government have extended the timeframes for bushfire recovery grants and loans for small businesses up to 31 December 2020. This includes applications for $10,000 and $50,000 grants and concessional loans of up to $500,000. These changes mean more small businesses will be able to cover the costs associated with recovery following the bushfires. 

Small business grant

You can apply for a small business grant through your state government:

Concessional loan

You apply for a concessional loan through your state government:

$650 million in new bushfire support to boost

The Australian Government has announced $650 million in new bushfire support to boost locally-led recovery and assist the communities with the greatest needs. Working together with all levels of government the extra funding will be made available across highly bushfire impacted communities to accelerate key recovery projects and initiatives. You can learn more about the $650 million bushfire recovery package on the National Bushfire Recovery Agency.

Emergency help

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