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Business Resources

There are a number of resources available online with information on business support during the Covid-19 pandemic, below are some helpful links to assist.

Please note these agencies will likely be experiencing high volumes of calls and queries so please be patient.

Australian Government (Business) - Backing Business Investment (BBI)

Australian Government (Business) - COVID-19 Coronavirus Business and Industry Advice

Australian Government (Business) - Supporting Apprentices and Trainees

Business Local Wheatbelt - FREE Advice and Mentoring

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA - Responding to COVID-19

Regional Development Australia - Latest News

Tourism WA - Business Support

WA Government - Coronavirus Information and Support for Business

WA Government - COVID-19 Rent Relief

WBN - COVID-19 Support For Wheatbelt Businesses

Wheatbelt Development Commission - Information Relating to COVID-19

Phase 3 ROADMAP

COVID SAFETY PLANS

As you may be aware, the State Government has now released its COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Plan Templates including specific guidelines for food businesses and sport and recreation.

The re-opening of premises that were closed under directions of the Emergency Management Act (and that were not covered by industry specific COVID Safety Plans) must not occur without individual operators ensuring:

More specific guidelines for food business operators can be found here, and for sport and recreation operators, here.

This will not require Shire approval as it is the responsibility of individual operators. Premises that were not required to close under directions made under the Emergency Management Act may choose to voluntarily complete a COVID Safety Plan, and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate.

With the easing of several restrictions, please also keep informed on those operations which are still restricted by referring here.

WHEATBELT BUSINESS NETWORK

The WBN in association with the Wheatbelt Development Commission and RDA Wheatbelt are providing Wheatbelt businesses with the opportunity to access valuable business information and assistance relating to COVID-19 through a dedicated Hotline service.

Businesses will be able to talk to one of our WBN professionals on any issues relating to the COVID-19 situation and where we are not able to assist directly, we can refer you to one of our contacts who will be able to assist. You will also have access to our targeted webinars relating to the current business situation.

As an added service, we will be assisting businesses in the Wheatbelt get their WBN Business Directory up to date. We receive numerous calls each week for people looking for businesses in our directory who do not have their phone number displayed. If you are a Wheatbelt business:

  1. Check you are in the WBN Business directory. If you are not, then either sign up for a free listing which gives you your business name, address, phone number and email (if you want a more comprehensive listing you will need to sign up as a member)
  2. If your details are out of date or missing, please email them to r.thomas@wheatbeltbusinessnetwork.com.au and we will update them for you.

Businesses accessing the COVID-19 Support Hotline will have access to a portion of the service offered to WBN members – if you wish to access all of the benefits and services available to members (see table below), we’d love to have you on board as a member. CLICK HERE to go to the Membership form.

Businesses who are NOT a WBN member must register to access this service by filling in and submitting the form at the bottom of the page to register your business. Once registered, you will receive the hotline phone number which you can call any time during business hours.

Register your business here. 

Rachael Thomas and Caroline Robinson are available to talk to you at any time to help you access further details or talk through any issues.

Rachael - 0428 855 224

Caroline - 0403 225 900

🌐 https://www.wheatbeltbusinessnetwork.com.au/

Small Business Development Corporation – Free Online Workshops

All online workshops (usually $20) are now free for all WA small business owners, however registration is still essential.

In order to participate all you need is an internet connected device with audio.

🌐 https://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/blog/workshop-schedule

RELIEF PACKAGES FOR SMALL - MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES

The State Government’s relief package contains targeted funding for small and medium-sized businesses, with $502 million allocated to provide assistance in the following areas:

Electricity: A one-off $2,500 credit for Synergy and Horizon Power customers that consume less than 50 megawatt hours (MWh) per annum. The credit is available for current customers (as of March 31, 2020) and will be allocated from May 1, 2020.
Payroll Tax:
Will be waived for a four-month period between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 for businesses with Australia-wide annual wages of less than $7.5 million in 2019-20.
Licence Fees: 
A range of licence fees in impacted industries will be waived for the next 12 months, including licences for tourism businesses operating in national and marine parks and boat registration and mooring fees for tourism operators. Liquor licence renewal fees for 2020 will also be waived and refunds provided for businesses that have already paid.
Payments Waived: Businesses can apply for an interest-free payment arrangement and for late payment penalties to be waived for payroll tax, transfer duty, landholder duty, vehicle licence duty or land tax.
Power and Water: Small businesses will not have their power or water disconnected due to late payments, and no interest will be charged on deferred bill payments. For electricity, this will apply to Synergy and Horizon Power customers who consume 50MWh or less.

Read the Premier's Media Statement.

WALGA - VendorPanel Marketplace

Local businesses will be able to more easily access Local Government contracts with the launch of a sector-wide procurement platform.

Underwritten by the WA Local Government Association and free to use for members and suppliers, VendorPanel Marketplace enables Local Government buyers to link with local suppliers and manage local procurement processes. 

Read the full media release here

Support fund for the innovation sector

 Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly have announced that the McGowan Government is advancing up to $800,000 from the $16.7 million New Industries Fund (NIF) to support start‑ups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) impacted by COVID-19.

The $16.7 million New Industries Fund was established to support and accelerate new and emerging businesses to diversify the Western Australian economy and create new WA jobs.

The $800,000 package from the New Industries Fund consists of the following support programs:

Innovation Vouchers Program: An additional $300,000 to support 16 more Innovation Vouchers, worth up to $20,000 each, to start-ups and SMEs. This is in additional to the existing $400,000 allocated for the 2020 program, bringing the total value to $700,000. The total 36 Innovation Voucher grants will support SMEs to access professional skills, services or knowledge to advance their ideas and commercial activities.

WA Data Science Innovation Hub and the AustCyber WA Innovation Hub: $400,000 funding to help build the hubs' capacity to advise start-ups and SMEs on cyber security and the use of data science for business development, including in regional areas.

X-TEND WA Program: $100,000 funding for education and mentoring programs, which will be delivered by existing X-TEND WA program recipients. This will help boost entrepreneurs and innovative projects that support diversity and promote inclusion in the innovation community. This will also support WA business that wish to pivot their business model.

Media Statement - Premier Mark McGowan