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Small businesses and communities across NSW have been hard hit by ongoing drought. Here are some of the support programs available to support you.

Dealing with business to business disputes

The Small Business Commission provides a free consultation service to advise you on a range of options available to you to resolve business to business disputes. Contact us.


Saving on energy 

Here are some top tips on electricity and gas plans from the Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON):

  • ask your retailer if you are on the best deal or shop around

  • before you sign a new offer, read the terms and conditions carefully – consider contract length, payment options, whether it is a standard or market contract, billing frequency and price.

  • use the free, independent Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP) from the Federal Government at

  • if you have a dispute with your energy provider, contact EWON on 1800 246 545 or visit

  • try the NSW Business Chamber’s energy bill comparison service at


NSW Government rebates and incentives

The NSW Government offers discounts and incentives for businesses to reduce energy use and save on power bills. Take advantage of several schemes, which include subsidies for new appliances and equipment such as rebates on: 

  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • lighting
  • refrigerators and freezers
  • motors, fans and pumps
  • compressed air systems

Go to:


Commonwealth assistance

Small Business Loans

Small businesses will be able to apply for loans of up to $500,000. The first two years will be no interest and no repayment, followed by three years interest-only and then five years principal and interest. The guidelines for these loans are still being developed, but it has been stated that they will be available to small businesses that provide primary production related goods and services directly to farming businesses. The loans are being administered by the Regional Investment Corporation - more information is available at


Professional business advice 

The NSW Government’s Business Connect advisors can help you with:

  • business planning 

  • adjusting to change 

  • managing revenue and cash flow 


Call 1300 134 359 or register to book a meeting with a local advisor.


Rural Adversity Mental Health Program 

The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program can link you with mental health support across NSW. 

Call 02 6363 8444 to find out more. 


Skills training for drought affected business owners 

The NSW Government is subsidising skills training for businesses impacted by the drought to diversify business practices and provide a pathway to alternative income sources or new career. 

Apply online at


Tax assistance and deductions

Instant tax write off 

If you purchased a business asset (new or second hand) for under $30,000, which was installed and ready for use from 7.30pm AEST on 2 April 2019, you can claim a deduction through your tax return. 


Tax assistance

If you’re having a tough time, Revenue NSW can help with payroll tax. Call 1300 139 815 to find out more. 

The Australian Tax Office is offering support to drought affected small businesses and can waive interest charged, set up payment plans with interest free periods and give you more time to pay. Visit the ATO website or call 1800 806 218 to discuss how they might be able to help.