Australian Government COVID-19 app
Access important advice, updates on restrictions, new and existing support programs and Australian data via the Australian Government’s coronavirus app and WhatsApp channel. The app is available on Apple and Android devices, and the WhatsApp channel can be accessed by entering aus.gov.au/whatsapp into your internet browser.
For COVID-19 information and support for business, including details about financial assistance for sole traders, employers and companies, tax support and general resources, visit business.gov.au.
Cancellations and refunds of goods and services
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has guidance for managing cancellations, delays and suspensions of products and services. For information about your rights and responsibilities as a business owner, refund entitlements and fair pricing, visit the ACCC website.
For additional information and support specific to businesses operating in NSW, including questions about real estate, refunds for cancelled travel and events, and price increases due to COVID-19, visit NSW Fair Trading.
COVID Safe Check for NSW businesses
The NSW Government's COVID Safe Check program supports your business to keep the community safe from COVID-19.
Visit COVID Safe businesses to create a COVID-19 Safety Plan specific to your industry, then register and promote your business as COVID Safe.
Customer communication resources
The Australian Government Department of Health has created publications and posters that small businesses can use to tell their customers about changes to trading during COVID-19. These include video, audio, print ads and fact sheets, and posters for physical distancing, good hygiene practices, mental health and identifying symptoms.
Cybersecurity for small businesses
Protecting your small businesses from cyber attacks and disruptions is important during COVID-19. Access advice and information at the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).
The Small Business Commissioner offers a confidential dispute resolution service that helps small businesses work through problems with other businesses or government. They help businesses work towards a solution through negotiation and communication, and can assist small businesses with issues in relation to insurance and regulatory concerns.
For information related to food businesses and COVID-19, including food safety, workforce impacts and food safety inspections, visit NSW Food Authority.
Free business services
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has launched Australian Business Continuity to provide small business with access to free business services and special offers.
Free remote working software
Global software development company Atlassian has made its remote-friendly software products available for free to small businesses with teams of up to 10 people.
Go Local First campaign
To support the recovery of the small business sector, the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) has launched the Go Local First campaign, to encourage customers to purchase goods and services from local businesses either in-store or online. For more information about how you can get involved, visit Go Local First.
Insolvency framework reforms
The Australian Government is undertaking reforms to its insolvency framework that will enable more small businesses to quickly restructure and survive the impacts of COVID-19. Reforms will also simplify liquidation pathways.
New processes will be available from 1 January 2021. For more information, visit Insolvency framework reforms – Media release.
Planning tool for reopening your business
The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) has an online tool to help businesses develop a plan to keep workers, customers and the community safe as they reopen or increase their activities in the weeks and months ahead. Find out about the NCCC's planning tool to help businesses reopen and be COVID safe.
Privacy guidance for businesses collecting customer information
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has advice and guidance on privacy requirements for businesses that need to collect the personal information of customers for the purposes of COVID-19 contact tracing. To find out more, read the OAIC's privacy guidance.
Project Spirit – free online marketplace
Google, PwC and Salesforce have launched a free online marketplace, Project Spirit, to help businesses work together to address challenges they’re facing during the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses can register with the platform to share resources such as manufacturing capability, infrastructure, or special expertise. The platform also includes tools and resources to help reshape businesses as they move online.
Protecting customers and workers
If you’re a small business owner with retail operations, you need effective controls in place to keep workers safe and give customers the confidence to shop with you. These include managing the number of customers in your premises, disinfecting surfaces regularly and supplying hand sanitiser. For more information, visit How to protect your customers and staff.
Update your Google information
If your business has been affected by COVID-19, review your Google My Business profile to ensure your customers can find up-to-date information about your opening hours and trading details. Visit Google for a guide on how to edit your profile to include altered hours of operation and additional precautions your business is taking to ensure the safety of staff and customers.