Dealing with coronavirus

Please check this page regularly; information will be updated as it becomes available.

To help you manage business disruption associated with coronavirus (COVID-19), we've put together a range of support information focused on the needs of small business owners. This includes:

Government and financial support packages

The State and Federal Governments have announced small support packages for small business.

On 20 March 2020, the Australian Banking Association (ABA) also announced that Australian banks will defer loan repayments for small businesses affected by COVID-19 for six months. On 30 March 2020, the ABA announced that the threshold for total business loan facilities that could be deferred would be raised from $3 million to up to $10 million. 

On 29 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced a six month moratorium on evictions (for both residential and commercial tenancies) for people in financial stress would soon be announced by each state and territory government. We will provide more information on this moratorium as it becomes available.

Restrictions on business activities and social gatherings

Western Australia has commenced a six-phase roadmap for easing coronavirus restrictions. We are currently in phase four. Find out:

If you're unsure if your business is considered essential, we're put together an overview of what is an essential business during COVID-19 and what you need to consider if you continue to operate.

Managing your business (including your lease)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a significant economic impact on WA business. To help you cope in the current environment, we have developed the following information resources:

Employer obligations

If you employ staff, you may have questions about what happens if they need time off work for self-isolation or if your business needs to temporarily close.

If your business operates under the WA state industrial relations system (which covers sole traders, micro businesses, unincorporated partnerships and unincorporated trust arrangements), visit the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website for information regarding employment impacted by COVID-19. While many micro-businesses fall within this system, you can confirm your business structure via the ABN Lookup and checking the structure recorded under ‘Entity type’.

If your business operates under the federal industrial relations system (which covers businesses such as ‘Pty Ltd’ companies), visit the FairWork website for information on coronavirus and Australian workplace laws.

Support and advisory services

Business, financial and emotional support is available from a range of organisations, this includes:

  • Our free business advisory service provides with guidance on your business performance, cost cutting measures you can take or how to diversify your services to try and mitigate the impact. If you're located in regional Western Australia, you can also access our Business Local service.
  • Eligible businesses can apply to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) for tax relief on certain tax obligations, such as deferring tax payments. Read the ATO's information on Covid-19, call them on 1800 806 218 or speak to your tax professional so that they can work with you to find a solution.
  • The Financial Counsellors’ Association provides free and confidential support. They can provide you with information, strategies and guidance to help you with any financial difficulties you are experiencing.
  • The Australian Banking Association provides a list of the hardship team contact details for most banks in Australia. These teams can help you in times of financial hardship.
  • beyondblue and Ahead for Business have free online resources to help with emotional support. You can also seek help by phone

Free business skills workshops

Additional support is available for small businesses across WA through our free business skills workshops focused on providing you with skills and information to help you respond to any potential impact your business may face during the coronavirus pandemic. They are all free of charge, but registration is essential.