Weekly Update – Flood Disaster and COVID Relief Resources

Published on March 2, 2022

Freshcare understands that a lot of Australians are going through tough times at the moment. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of resources for our regional communities to access on this weeks update.

Natural Disaster Relief

Flood Relief for NSW, Queensland and Victoria residents.

If you’re being affected by an active natural disaster, Services Australia have specific payments to help.

Find out if you’re eligible here and look up specific areas that are currently being assisted on Disaster Assist.

Residents in targeted areas in Gympie and Dallarnil who have been impacted by severe flooding over recent days may be eligible for financial assistance, including Emergency Hardship Assistance grants of up to $180 per person and $900 for a family of five or more.

Applications can be made through Community Recovery Portal.

Natural Disaster Relief for Queensland Businesses

The Queensland government is currently providing grants and loans for businesses affected by flooding and receiving survey submissions on how businesses have been impacted and what assistance they require.

Find out more at Business Queensland.

NSW Flood Assistance Resources

NCOSS (NSW Council of Social Service) have compiled a list of useful resources for NSW individuals and communities impacted by the floods in NSW. This includes evacuation, financial support, disaster response guidance and safety information.

Find out more at NCOSS

COVID Relief

Western Australia

Level 1 COVID-19 Business Assistance Package

A new COVID-19 Business Assistance Package has been announced for Western Australian businesses adversely affected by increasing COVID-19 cases in the community and the necessary implementation of Level 1 public health and social measures.

Small business tenants can apply for rental relief grants of up to $3,000 (based on $500 per week for 6 weeks).

To be eligible for the Rent Relief small business must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an annual turnover of more than $50,000.
  • Have a valid and active Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $4 million.
  • Be able to demonstrate a 30 per cent reduction in revenue for any six-week consecutive time frame between 1 January 2022 to 30 April 2022, compared to the equivalent period in 2021.
  • Provide proof of tenancy (lease) in WA (excluding Government tenants).

Visit Small Business Development Corporation for more information.

Further resources for COVID and disaster support can be found here for Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, NSW, Queensland and Tasmania.

Benestar Mental Health Support

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by Benestar is a confidential counselling, coaching, and wellbeing service free for all Freshcare certified businesses, their staff, and immediate family members.  The service offers help to manage work and life experiences, issues, or concerns that arise from time to time. 

Access hours of health and wellbeing blogs, podcasts, videos, meditations, self-assessments, activities and more via the BeneHub website and app. View content anytime, anywhere or speak to one of Benestar’s coaches using LiveChat or online messaging. 

To register simply follow the steps below to create your BeneHub account. 

  • Visit www.benestar.com and go to BeneHub Login 
  • Enter Company ID FCR and Token FCR01 

For more information visit www.freshcare.com.au/benestar-eap

Freshcare Resources

Factsheet – Incident Management: Flood Event

Covid-19 Resources