Coronavirus 

Support and key industry portals

1. Business support 

The current restrictions on movements and gatherings due to the public health emergency have led to an enormous impact on business, not-for-profits, governments and, of course, employees. Federal, State and Local Government programs have been rapidly introduced to help ameliorate the impact and, it is hoped, help the economy to grow again once the public health emergency has passed.

These programs are being introduced regularly and RDA Sydney will not attempt to maintain a register of all details as they will quickly become out of date. For the latest up-to-date support initiatives from Government please see the following:

1. Federal Government - business.gov.au

2. NSW Government - service.nsw.gov.au

3. Local Governments in Sydney Region - see links here

2. Industry portals

Businesses that are interested in opportunities to supply goods and services to fight the pandemic can consider the following portals:

 

1. NSW Government Emergency Supplies Registration Portal - The NSW Government would like to hear from suppliers that have the capacity to provide critical supplies, raw materials or manufacturing capability to produce critical supplies during the COVID-19 crisis. 

2. Advance Manufacturing Growth Centre - has a register devised to capture expressions of interest from Australian based manufacturers and individuals looking to assist with supply of goods, services or knowledge in tackling the current COVID-19 outbreak in Australia.

3. Industry Capability Network - ICN has established this portal as a forum for managing supply chain shortages due to COVID-19, including identifying gaps in the supply chain and how we can facilitate local businesses that can help fill these gaps.

3. Information and Support for Businesses affected by COVID19

To access the fact sheet click HERE

4. Introducing the Trade Mark COVID-19 Helpline from the Australian Government 

IP Australia have established a free support and assistance service for small to medium Australian businesses who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and want more information about trade mark registration in this new environment.

 

It is suitable for businesses who have changed or expanded their business offerings due to pandemic effects on the marketplace, and specifically for those who are interested in understanding the options available to them around trade mark registration.

 

Click HERE to see the website.

4. Supporting your Mental Health

   
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia

 

10 July 2020

SUPPORTING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

 

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the Australian economy, in particular on small and family businesses. 

With the many challenges presented by COVID-19, understandably, you and your employees may be feeling stressed and anxious.

Mental health is complex. The fact that someone is not experiencing a mental health condition does not mean they aren’t going through a difficult time. Small and family business owners, like anyone else, are not immune to anxiety, stress and depression.

Good business health supports good mental health, but it can be hard to know where to look for resources that may assist you. 

If you’re feeling stressed or struggling to cope during COVID-19, you are not alone.

There are resources available to assist you and your employee’s mental health including:

  • Beyond Blue has developed free resources to assist you to find the information you need to feel confident in playing a support role. These can be accessed at headsup.org.au

  • The My Business Health web portal offers dedicated holistic support to you to manage your outgoings, to access financial support, to prepare, respond and recover as the economy reopens, and how to seek out emotional support.

  • Every mind’s Ahead for Business, is another online resource specially designed to help you understand your mental health, manage business stress and provides tailored recommendations, information and programs.

Importantly, immediate assistance is available through each of these resources via a phone number, chat line, or referral to other services if in crisis.

If you or your employees need support, and you aren’t sure where to turn to, please reach out to Beyond Blue’s dedicated COVID-19 Mental Health Support Service.

Information on the economic support measures available to businesses to get them through COVID-19 can be found on business.gov.au or by calling the Government’s contact centre on 13 28 46.

Regards

 

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia

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