If you’re a a business having trouble paying for utilities or online connection during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for financial support.

In Tasmania, the COVID-19 Small Business Energy Support Program aims to assist Tasmanian small businesses impacted by COVID-19 with their electricity, water and sewage costs. Specifically, this program will support eligible embedded network customers, and those eligible customers that did not receive the COVID-19 electricity, water and/or sewerage waver.

Embedded network customers are those that get their power from a landlord or building owner like shops in a shopping centre, tenants in managed office accommodation or leaseholders at a business estate. More information is available here. Applications for the one-off $1,000 grants close on 26 October 2020.

Australia wide, nbn is providing up to $50 million to assist phone and internet providers to support businesses experiencing challenges during the pandemic.

Among other things, the funding aims to help phone and internet providers keep business customers in financial hardship connected. Participating phone and internet providers will establish their own offers in relation to nbn’s financial hardship support offer.

nbn is also supporting phone and internet providers to assist small and medium businesses with access at no additional cost to new connections of specified wholesale business grade products, to help them to maintain or re-establish their businesses, once this crisis passes.

More information about the nbn initiatives is available here.

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