Bush-fire Recovery Grants

To support small businesses significantly affected by the 2019-2020 bush-fire disaster events, the Australian Government has made the grant assistance. This assistance measure made under agreements between the Commonwealth and relevant State Governments.


The Government is supporting impacted businesses with grants of up to $50,000 for those directly impacted; and up to $10,000 for those indirectly impacted.


Extensions of the program may be considered following submission to the Commonwealth.

For directly impacted

Grants are provided to help to pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement of small businesses that have suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster.


Available funding

The maximum grant amount for clean-up and reinstatement is $50,000.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the grant, the applicant must:

  • Be a small business owner.

  • Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the eligible disaster.

  • Own a small business located in the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster that has suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster.

  • Have been engaged in carrying on the small business in the defined disaster area when affected by the eligible disaster.

  • Be primarily responsible for meeting the costs claimed in the application.

  • Be intending to re-establish the small business in the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster.

  • Applications from businesses that employ 20 or more full time equivalent employees but have a turnover of less than $50 million may also be considered following submission to the National Bush-fire Recovery Agency.

An applicant is not precluded from applying for this grant if they have already received assistance under the Small Business Support Grant.


Evidence of direct damage

  • A list of bush-fire related damage.

  • Supported by photographic evidence of the direct damage or records including quotations.

  • Damage assessments.

  • Other appropriate evidence to prove financial impact if/when the damage is unable to be photographed or receipts lost due to the extent of the disaster event.


For indirectly impacted

Grants are provided to support eligible small businesses to recover from the bush-fire and rebuild resilient businesses


Available funding

The grant amount is $10,000.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the grant, the applicant must:

  • Be a small business owner.

  • Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the eligible disaster.

  • Have been engaged in carrying on the small business in a defined disaster area when affected by the eligible disaster.

  • Have suffered a decline in revenue of 40% or more in a relevant three-month period (compared to a relevant three-month period in the previous year) as a result of the eligible disaster in the defined disaster area.


Small businesses may be assessed for exceptional circumstances eligibility where they do not explicitly meet the eligibility criteria outlined at the section.


Applicants will not be precluded from applying for this grant if they have already received assistance under the Emergency Bush-fire Response: Small Business Grants or the Emergency Bush-fire Response in Primary Industries Grants programs.


Evidence of direct damage

  • Applicants will certify in writing, or to an official in the [administering state agency] that they meet the eligibility criteria.

  • Supporting documentation may be submitted along with the application.

  • Applications are subject to audits.

  • Applicants will be required to produce evidence of decline in revenue associated with the eligible disaster.

  • A decline in revenue will be taken to be a result of the bush-fire.


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