Tropical Cyclone Seroja Small Business Recovery Grants

About the grants 

Reimbursement grants of up to $25,000 are available to help eligible small businesses directly impacted by Tropical Cyclone Seroja cover cyclone-related clean-up and reinstatement costs for their business.

The Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements WA - Small Business Recovery Grant, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, provides financial support to eligible small businesses located within the 16 local government areas impacted by Cyclone Seroja, to assist with the costs of cleaning up cyclone-related debris and resuming operations.

The reimbursement grants will assist small businesses to continue or recommence operations as soon as possible. The grants are not intended to meet costs that can be claimed under insurance, or replace income lost as a result of the disaster.

Small businesses that have previously applied for the Small Business Cyclone Seroja Grant Scheme, may also apply for the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements WA - Small Business Recovery Grant.

Eligibility criteria

Small businesses intending to apply for the grant should meet all of the eligibility criteria listed below:

  1. You are a small business with an Australian Business Number (ABN), located in one of the 16 local government areas identified.
  2. You were conducting your business prior to and including the date of the eligible disaster.
  3. You suffered direct damage to your premises and/or tools of trade.
  4. You are primarily responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of premises or equipment.
  5. You intend to re-establish your business in the same area.
  6. If you are a sole trader, you derived the majority of your income from the business before the disaster.
  7. Your business is located in one of the following local government areas:
    • Carnamah
    • Carnarvon
    • Chapman Valley
    • Coorow
    • Dalwallinu
    • Dandaragan
    • Greater Geraldton
    • Irwin
    • Koorda
    • Mingenew
    • Morawa
    • Mount Marshall
    • Northampton
    • Perenjori
    • Shark Bay
    • Three Springs

Purpose of grants

Grants must be used for clean-up and reinstatement including:

  • equipment and materials to undertake clean-up
  • additional labour costs (above and beyond normal wage expenditure)
  • carting away damaged goods and material, including cost of disposal
  • payment for trades people to conduct safety inspections
  • essential repairs to premises and internal fittings (e.g. floor covering, electrical rewiring, shelving)
  • purchase or hire/lease costs for equipment essential to the immediate resumption of operations
  • leasing of temporary premises, and
  • replacement of stock which is essential to the immediate resumption of operations.

The grants must be used to reimburse you for clean-up and reinstatement costs already paid.

In some cases, the owner of the premises is not the owner of the business and both may wish to claim assistance. For example, the building owner may be responsible for the restoration of building and shop fittings, while the business owner may be responsible for stock and equipment. In this case, each party should make their own claim. If the business is home-based, applicants are only permitted to claim the costs of clean-up and reinstatement for damage to premises and items which are directly attributable to the business, not other household damage.

The Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements WA - Small Business Recovery Grant is jointly funded through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Information about Cyclone Seroja recovery assistance is available on the Emergency WA website.

Preparing for your application

We are finalising the grant application process and hope to have applications open soon. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to start gathering the information you’ll need to complete your application (please don’t send it to us now).

Before gathering any information, please review the eligibility criteria to determine if you will be eligible to apply.

What information you will need to provide in your application What evidence you should prepare
Your businesses Australian Business Number (ABN). You’ll find this on any letter the government has sent to your business, or use the ABN Lookup tool. You’ll just need to quote this number, no supporting evidence will be required. 
You’ll also be asked to confirm that it was registered before 11 April 2021.
 
If you are the owner-occupier of your business premises. A copy of your rates assessment.
Proof that your business was actively operating before 11 April 2021.

You’ll need to provide one of the following documents (as an electronic copy*)
• business tax return statement for FY20-21 if available
• BAS statement
• profit and loss statement (from an accountant or your accounting software, such as MYOB or Xero)
• bank statement (from a period between 1 January 2021 and 11 April 2021) showing business transactions 

If your business is active on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google My Business, TikTok, LinkedIn) a list of links to your social media accounts could also help support your application.
 

If you are a sole trader, that at least 50 per cent of your income comes from your business.  You’ll need to provide one of the following as an electronic document*
• tax return statement for FY20-21 if available 
• bank statement (from a period between 1 January 2021 and 11 April 2021) showing business transactions. 
 
A list of all the eligible clean-up and reinstatement costs you have incurred.  • Details of any damage incurred, including photographs if possible.
• Quotes, invoices or receipts for clean-up work or repair work undertaken or replacement equipment purchased. (These must be official documents clearly showing the name of the supplier, their ABN, plus date and details of work/items provided and costs.) Bank statements may be used in addition to this documentation as evidence that payments have been made.
• You will be asked to clearly detail how much of these costs have been covered by your insurer. 
• It is only out of pocket costs you will be able to claim for.
 
Details of your insurer • Name of your insurance company.
• Your policy number.
• Statements itemising how much they have paid you and for which work/items.
 
Previous government grants related to Tropical Cyclone Seroja support that you have applied for.  No evidence will be required, however you will be asked if you have previously applied for one of these grants. 

* You may already have these documents on your computer or smart device. If not, take a photo with your smartphone or scan them. If you don’t have a scanner, ask for help at your local library or community resource centre, or download one of the many free scanner apps available to your smartphone (Adobe Scan and Genius Scan are both free and easy to use). We will accept documents in PDF, JPG or PNG formats, but not as hard (printed) copies.

This grant program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, to provide financial support to eligible small businesses located within the 16 local government areas impacted by Cyclone Seroja, to assist with the costs of cleaning up cyclone-related debris and resuming operations.

Register your details

Register your details below to be notified by email when applications for the disaster recovery grants open.

Important: you must complete an online application to be considered for the disaster recovery grant.

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