The Business Council has established BizRebuild, a five-year recovery and rebuilding fund run by business. It is a charitable trust and will have Deductible Gift Recipient status.
BizRebuild will run for five years, working closely with the National Bushfire Recovery Agency to co-ordinate support from the business community.The BizRebuild team has already begun work in bushfire affected areas.
Work is focused on three priorities – rebuilding businesses and jobs, rebuilding communities and rebuilding industries.
Getting businesses operating again and local economies firing at the same time we rebuild world class community and sporting facilities is the best way of revitalising local communities and getting them back on track
BizRebuild is focussed on rebuilding businesses and jobs by:
- placing workers in jobs as soon as possible
- matching job seekers with larger businesses that are offering work
- re-equipping workers and small businesses with tools, laptops, and office equipment so they can get back to work
- ensuring locals have access to rebuilding work in their communities
- setting up a ‘flying squad’ of experienced case managers who can triage business needs to work out:
- the next steps,
- draw up business cases,
- put businesses in touch with local accountants and lawyers, and in some cases, financial assistance to help with this,
- help them fill in forms for government assistance, and
- help them navigate red tape and other regulations.
- Encouraging larger businesses and the broader community to buy fresh produce, goods and services from fire affected small businesses
- Tapping into the expertise of larger businesses for help with marketing, mentoring, support and branding.
- Asking larger businesses to hold offsite meetings and conferences in bushfire affected areas as the first wave of getting tourists back
- Having larger businesses commit to paying their bills and invoices ahead of time to help small businesses with cashflow
- Having larger businesses commit to waiving debts owed by small businesses.
An advisory committee, led by Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd), will oversee the initiative. Sir Peter will be joined by John Anderson AO, Rebecca Frizelle, Danny Gilbert AM, Richard Goyder AO, Katie Page, Tim Reed, Tony Shepherd AO, Yvonne von Hartel AM, Jennifer Westacott AO and Australian emergency services volunteer organisations.
In addition, this initiative will have a fund for cash contributions. These funds will be in trust managed by Equity Trustees.
For enquiries please contact us by email.