24 January 2011

More information for businesses affected by the Queensland floods.

Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development
The Honourable Andrew Fraser
20/01/2011

Flood recovery website aids State businesses

The State Government has assembled an online ‘first-aid kit’ to make sure Queensland small businesses affected by flooding are open for business as soon as possible.

Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development Andrew Fraser said many of the 386,000 small businesses across the State have taken a hit and their health is of the utmost importance to the State’s recovery.

“The faster small businesses can get back on their feet, the faster they can get back to making an income for themselves, their staff, and providing goods and services to the community,” Mr Fraser said.

“I urge every business, no matter how big or small, to visit the website and find out what assistance is available and how they can make sure they are open for business as soon as possible.

“It’s a one-stop shop for information, contacts and links to websites that will provide advice and support they will need.”

Mr Fraser said the kit contained comprehensive information about State and Federal Government assistance and grants available to help primary producers and other businesses.

It also offers information on:

  • Potential workplace health, safety and security issues
  • Clean-up tips
  • Rebuilding and repair tips including electricity and gas issues
  • Mobile offices and workshops offering flood advice and information
  • Your responsibilities as an employer
  • Help with insurance
  • Tax assistance
  • Bank emergency relief packages
  • Scams and price increases
  • Planning for the future

Mr Fraser said small businesses represented more than 95 per cent of all Queensland businesses.

“Small businesses continue to be the solid foundation of our economy, and the Queensland Government recognises the vital role small businesses play in generating economic activity and employment across the state,” Mr Fraser said.

“The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) is here to help businesses return to full capacity as soon as possible.

“DEEDI officers have been visiting recovery centres, holding workshops and going door-to-door in affected regional centres to inform small businesses about assistance available to them during the recovery process.”

DEEDI’s information for business is available at www.business.qld.gov.au , or call 13 25 23.

2 thoughts on “More information for businesses affected by the Queensland floods.”

  1. Karina says:

    I am a year 12 student and as a part of one of my major Business Studies assignments I am required to get primary information on the effect of natural disasters on business. If you are able to help in any way, or are interested in answering questions that would be really appreciated!
    Thankyou!

  2. Hi Karina,

    No problems – I will drop you a line and perhaps you can let me know how I might be able to help.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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