If your business is experiencing difficulties there are options available that may help support your business and your staff.
If you are a seeking to establish, expand or re-locate your business to a regional location, assistance may be available from Industry and Investment NSW. Please call SmallBiz Assist on 1300 134 359 for more information.
Employment assistance for your staff
The Department of Education and Communities can provide training assistance for staff you are retrenching because of business closure or downsizing. The assistance covers a range of services from information and advice to skills assessment and gap training to full training qualifications. Read more on the Retrenched Workers Assistance Program or ring 13 28 11.
If you have retrenched an apprentice or trainee they can register to be matched to apprenticeship or traineeship jobs available across the state under the Continuing Apprentices Placement Services (CAPS). Eligibility criteria apply and relocation assistance may be available. Ring 13 28 11 for assistance.
Businesses can also register their interesting in employing a CAPS eligible apprentice or trainee. For more information please call 13 28 11.
Assistance is for available employers of aboriginal people and their staff in the form of support in the workplace, training and employment assistance. Contact an Aboriginal Training Coordinator on 13 28 11 for more information.
Skills and training for your staff
Skills assessment of your existing workforce can uncover some much needed abilities and skills and have a positive impact on productivity. Alternatively if you are forced to downsize and retrench it can provide them with improved employment opportunities. Visit the State Training Services website for information on options and to locate a registered training organisation that can assist you with skills assessment and further training. Contact your local State Training Services Centre on 13 28 11 for more information.
Water and energy bills
If you're having difficulty paying your water bill, Sydney Water and Hunter Water offer a range of options to their customers. These include flexible payment schemes and payment assistance. Government owned energy providers also offer support for customers struggling to pay their gas and power bills.
For more information contact:
- Sydney Water or call 13 20 92
- Hunter Water or call 1300 657 657
- Energy Australia or call 1300 723 492
- Integral Energy or call 131 002
- Country Energy or call 13 23 56
If you are a customer of other water and energy companies you should contact your provider about what options are available to you.
If you or your business is suffering from the drought a variety of services and support are available to you. For information on drought assistance services and support please call 1800 814 647.
If you need legal advice LawAccess is a free phone service that provides legal information, referral and in some cases legal advice to people in NSW. For more information please call 1300 888 529 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)