Support for local businesses (COVID-19)

During these uncertain times due to the global COVID-19 Pandemic, the Shire of Harvey wants to support local businesses in any way it can.

Shire staff are making their way around to all businesses across our localities to check-in by having a quick friendly chat and to reach out in times of need.

We have set-up this page to help inform our community about what measures are being put in place, what government incentives are being announced and what local businesses are doing to adapt during this time.

Local businesses are encouraged to register their interest in being part of the biggest transport infrastructure project ever planned for the South West.

Expressions of interest are open for subcontract and supply opportunities associated with the $852 million Bunbury Outer Ring Road.

Construction will potentially involve the remaining stages of a 27-kilometre high-standard link connecting Forrest Highway near Treendale to Bussell Highway and creating a new road network. Components are set to include grade-separated interchanges, bridge crossings and rail crossings.

Works are anticipated to get underway next year – subject to environmental and heritage approvals – and now is the time for businesses to put themselves forward for work by promoting their capabilities.

Businesses can register their interest in the project by completing the Expression of Interest form at www.swdc.wa.gov.au

More information about Bunbury Outer Ring Road is available at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

Read the BORR update.

$1 billion COVID-19 economic and health relief package unveiled

The WA Government has announced a $1 billion economic and health relief package to support Western Australian businesses, households and community groups, and to boost the response by health and frontline services to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These relief measures include:

  • Further relief for households experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, including the extension of the Energy Assistance Payment, no disconnections for power and water and additional support for Keystart customers.
  • $502 million for small businesses including a reduction in electricity bills, licences fees waived, and additional payroll tax relief.
  • An additional $500 million allocated to health and other frontline service delivery, and capacity for additional industry support.

The package builds on the $25 million rent relief package for businesses operating on government-owned premises and $159 million Lotterywest funding package to assist community services impacted by COVID-19.

It also comes on top of the $607 million in relief and stimulus measures announced earlier in March, and the Government continues to roll out the $760 million in economic stimulus measures announced in late 2019.

For further information visit Western Australian Government Media Statements.

Regional Travel for Business

Work, business and freight travel is allowed – but it is advisable that any employees travelling have a letter from their employer (even if that is themselves) stating what they do and why they are travelling and that all travellers/drivers carry their driver’s license with them at all times.

It is important to stress – that if you don’t have to travel – please don’t.

More information: Prohibition on Regional Travel Directions

The State Government would like to make it clear that the freight industry will continue to operate and that freight transport is essential for all of us. Exemptions apply to the freight industry along with a number of other specific circumstances.

The WA Supply Chain COVID Response Group has provided the following update:
  • Police have confirmed that they are still finalising processes for regional closures. Drivers should carry Photo ID, Letter of Authorisation from Company, Individual Health Declaration and if provided preferably wear your company uniform
  • The Response Group is in the process of developing a map that will identify roadhouses and the facilities available.
  • If there are regional road closures these will be communicated to industry asap.
  • FLCWA are working with WALGA and DPIRD to ensure the supply chain is maintained in regional areas.
  • WA Government has deferred the launch for the Containers for Change scheme until later in the year to avoid the potential health risks and logistical difficulties.

NFP, Charities and Community Organisation Support

Premier Mark McGowan and Lotterywest have established a $159 million COVID-19 relief fund to provide support to organisations that are helping people experiencing hardship.

An initial $59 million will be available for crisis and emergency relief support for eligible not‑for-profit and community organisations to assist with costs related to increased demand for food, clothing, shelter and other critical needs.

Funding will also support new equipment and resources to update processes that are required to adapt to rapidly changing needs.

This funding will also provide urgent financial relief for not-for-profit sports, arts and community organisations experiencing hardship as a result of cancelled events. It will compensate for cancellation costs, lost revenue and incurred or committed operational costs associated with the cancelled event. Often these events were crucial to the ongoing operations of important community organisations.

Lotterywest will now allocate all profits previously assigned to the grants budget, anticipated to be about $100 million, directly into the newly created fund to assist the Western Australian community to recover.

Read more here.

ATO Jobkeeper payment registration site for businesses. Register your interest to participate in the scheme here: https://www.ato.gov.au/Job-keeper-payment/


Information and resources for businesses

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA

Complete the RCCIWA COVID-19 Survey.

Business continuity kit – Planning for the bad so your business can get back to the good.

Key issues for Australian businesses. 

COVID-19 Government support

Support for businesses in Australia 

Small or medium business with reduced cash flow?
Cash flow assistance for businesses
Is your business financially distressed?
Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
Assisting the economic recovery
Delivering support for business investment
Employ an apprentice or trainee?
Cash flow assistance for businesses
Are you a sole trader that has lost business?
Income Support for Individuals

Small Business Development Corporation

Small business owners are encouraged to contact the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) for practical information and guidance in relation to business disruption arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Visit their dedicated website page covering the impact of the pandemic or follow their blog for regular updates on the rapidly changing business environment.

To receive regular updates from the SBDC straight into your inbox, sign up for their newsletter.

Call 133 140 to speak to an experienced business adviser or email info@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au

The SBDC is offering a series of free online webinars covering key strategies to cope with business disruption.

In regional WA support is also available through the SBDC’s Business Local service.

Small Business Stimulus Package

Australian Government

Economic response to Coronavirus

ATO response to Coronavirus

Coronavirus information and support for businesses