Business owners across New South Wales will now be able to easily navigate a range of financial help available from the NSW Government bringing together savings, rebates and budget relief from 46 separate government websites into one place.
The finder also makes support more accessible for 2.15 million people – or one in four NSW residents – who speak a language other than English at home, with all content on nsw.gov.au translated into multiple languages.
Member for Leppington, Nathan Hagarty, applauds the program’s convenience, in particular the addition of multiple languages to the portal.
“This is a great addition to the website which will see thousands of businesses better off.” Mr Hagarty said.
“I also applaud the decision to add more languages to the portal. As we saw during the pandemic there is a significant digital divide for those in CALD communities, especially in Western and South-West Sydney.
“This initiative will make life easier for CALD businesses who are sometimes not aware of opportunities the Government provides due to language and technological barriers.”
Available to individuals since December 2021, the tool has now been enhanced to allow more than 515,000 businesses with a Service NSW Business Profile to log in and discover customised support opportunities, such as the $1000 SafeWork small business rebate.
Navigating the digital tool allows easy access to tailored support options from disaster recovery grants available in specific suburbs, to cost of living measures like Toll Relief or the Family Energy Rebate.
“This is a great initiative that will help businesses save both time and money by allowing them to easily connect with support that is right for them,” Minister for Small Business, Steve Kamper said.
The finder is part of a broader project to make it easier for people and businesses to find information, complete tasks and provide feedback through a single location at nsw.gov.au.
It has been developed by the Department of Customer Service in partnership with the Department of Regional NSW and Service NSW.
“This is another great example of practical solutions to challenges people face because we know how time poor people are and how difficult it can be to navigate different government websites,” Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government, Jihad Dib said.
“It’s one thing to have the grants but another to ensure people are aware of them and can access them and with so many people doing it tough right now, we want to make sure no one misses out on the support they need.
“Whether it’s a small business owner or a single parent, there is budget relief available for almost everyone.”
The NSW Grants and Funding Finder is available at: www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding