The City of Cockburn has compiled a list of businesses based within Cockburn who are providing necessary services to the vulnerable members of our community. This could be things such as free delivery, special services or any changes to a business that may help the community.
The aim of the Cockburn Community Business Database is to support local businesses who in turn would be supporting the local community by offering specific services or promotions during this challenging time.
Find out what businesses are supporting your local community.
Register your business to be part of the directory.
The Australian Government is supporting Australian businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees via the JobKeeper Payment.
Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the Coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum of 6 months.
Employers will be eligible for the subsidy if:
- Their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 30 per cent relative to a comparable period a year ago (of at least a month)
- The employer must have been in an employment relationship with eligible employees as at 1 March 2020
- The employer must confirm that each eligible employee is currently engaged in order to receive JobKeeper Payments
- Not-for-profit entities (including charities) and self-employed individuals (businesses without employees) that meet the turnover tests that apply for businesses are also eligible to apply for JobKeeper Payments.
View the JobKeeper Payment opens in a new window website for more information.
Key information about other business support measures can be found in the fact sheets below:
Read more about the Federal stimulus package opens in a new window.
The State Government is providing localised assistance with a $607 million economic stimulus package for WA households and businesses. Key assistance includes:
- $114 million committed to bringing relief to small and medium businesses
- A one-off grant of $17,500 is available to businesses with a payroll between $1 million to $4 million.
- $1 million payroll tax threshold brought forward by six months to July 1, 2020
- small and medium sized businesses affected by COVID-19 can now apply to defer payment of their 2019-20 payroll tax until July 21, 2020.
- One-off $2,500 credit on electricity bills for small businesses that consume less than 50MWh per annum. For more information read the statements on the Synergy opens in a new window and Horizon Power opens in a new window websites
- Power and water disconnections will not occur and interest will not be charged on deferred payments until 30 September for small businesses facing financial difficulty due to COVID-19. Please note: This applies to Synergy opens in a new window and Horizon Power opens in a new window customers.
- Payroll tax will be waived for four months for businesses with annual wages under $7.5 million (NB: this replaces the previous payroll deferral measure which was announced).
- Affected businesses can apply for interest free payment arrangements and for late payment penalties to be waved for a range of taxes and duties, including payroll tax, transfer duty, landholder duty, vehicle licence duty or land tax.
- A range of business licence fees have been waived, including liquor licence renewal fees for 2020, which will be waived and refunds given to businesses that have already paid.
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The City of Cockburn has partnered with Business Foundation opens in a new window to deliver a range of free, one-on-one, tailored advisory sessions for eligible businesses. Sessions can be accessed online or by telephone.
Stimulus Advisory sessions
Will help you to better understand the Federal and State Government stimulus packages including what support is available for your business.
Small Business First Aid
Three sessions to review your business essentials:
Session 1 – Strategic business review
- Business continuity plan
- 6 month cash-flow forecast
- Occupation health and safety for staff/employment obligations
Session 2 – Review of cashflow and expenditure
Session 3 – Sales and marketing review
- Review sales channels, and identify new opportunities
- Packaging of products in new ways (gift vouchers, advance booking discounts, delivery boxes)
- Identifying adjacent markets
Is my business eligible?
To be eligible to receive financial and advisory support, you must:
- Own a business based in the City of Cockburn; AND
- Be a small business as defined by Australian Bureau of Statistics (fewer than 20 employees) and the Australian Taxation Office (annual revenue less than $2 million).
Please note that:
- Only a limited number of places are available for eligible businesses.
- Businesses can elect to do session 1 only, or all three sessions.
- Businesses who register but do not utilise the sessions will be charged a fee
To access this service please email the Business Engagement Officer opens in a new window, who will arrange a call back from a qualified Advisor.
WA small business owners can now access the State Government's newly created assistance centre for advice and guidance on managing the impacts of COVID-19, and this would be a good starting point for every business.
The service provides guidance on available support options, and deals specifically with queries from business owners looking to navigate the wide range of Federal and State government measures that are being introduced to alleviate the impacts of COVID-19.
To access the service, contact 133 140 on weekdays or visit Small Business opens in a new window website.
The Small Business Development Corporation opens in a new window (SBDC) have put together to blogs in relation to the Federal opens in a new window and State opens in a new window government stimulus packages. These have the most up to date information and will be updated as more information comes to hand.
The SBDC have also created a series of online webinars and workshops to help businesses continue to operate during the COVID-19 outbreak:
You can contact the SBDC on 133 140 should you require over-the-phone business advisory services. During this time, you can continue to access their support services online or over the phone but please note SBDC are not providing face-to-face services at the moment.
The City of Cockburn continues to work closely with the Melville Cockburn Chamber of Commerce opens in a new window who are developing a number of online workshops, information sessions and virtual networking to help support the local business community. For details about their online events and business support measures visit Melville Cockburn Chamber of commerce opens in a new window.
The City of Cockburn has partnered with Business Foundations opens in a new window
to deliver complimentary one-on-one advisory sessions to provide information about the Federal and State stimulus packages, and what support is available to your small business via the programs.
Business Foundations can offer the service online or over the phone. Advisors will spend an hour with you, providing tailored advice.
To access this service please email the Business Engagement Officer opens in a new window
, who will arrange a call back from a qualified Advisor.