Small Business Recovery Package

The Queensland Government has committed $4 million for a Small Business Recovery Package as part of the Operation Queensland Recovery: State Recovery Plan 2017-19 to assist impacted small businesses recover from recent natural disasters. The package includes $1.5 million for small business grants, $2 million for the ongoing Go Local campaign and $550,000 for dedicated workshops and mentoring services, including counselling support.

The package is designed to help small business owners and operators impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie get back on their feet faster by supporting the development of new business plans, access to advice and support services and the exploration of new opportunities to improve business resilience.

Mentoring services

Free mentoring is available to help small businesses rebuild and recover after Cyclone Debbie. A business mentor will be in your region on the following dates:

  • Airlie Beach - Monday 27 November
  • Bowen - Tuesday 28 November
  • Proserpine - Wednesday 29 November

One-on-one mentoring meetings with local business owners and operators are available. Book now to secure your place.

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Free counselling service

Access our free, confidential counselling service which provides support to small business owners and their immediate families in Category C areas, who have been impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Dedicated counsellors are ready to work with you, and help you manage personal impacts on you, or your immediate family members as a result of the recent natural disasters.

To seek assistance or to talk to a counsellor, phone 1300 763 168. Counsellors will listen to your concerns and provide sound, practical advice to help you care for yourself and your family.

Read more about the counselling service.


Unmatched grants of up to $10,000 were made available for eligible disaster-affected small businesses under Round 2 of the Small Business Recovery Grants Program. Round 2 has now closed and applications are being assessed. Round 1 saw 92 small businesses share more than $845,000 in funding.

The Small Business Recovery Package complements the immediate clean-up and reinstatement activities being undertaken with the support of activated joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) relief measures, including Category C grants for small business. These grants are open for application by eligible businesses until 12 January 2018.

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