The My Business Health portal, the initiative of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), has expanded its services to include information and other services small businesses will need as they resume their operations in the wake of the eased COVID-19 restrictions.
“There’s never been a tougher time to be in business and it is understandable if some small-business owners are feeling overwhelmed right now,” Kate Carnell, the ASBFEO, said. “The pandemic has changed so much in such a short amount of time, small-business owners may be finding it difficult to stay on top of their obligations.”
My Business Health has been conceived one-stop-shop where information about restrictions and COVID-Safe Plans can be found along with relevant information for each state. The portal also has added links to relevant posters and signage that can be used in the workplace to promote safety and health as they begin reopening.
My Business Health also provides safe workplace checklists and grants available to reopening small businesses. There’s also information on free apps such as GuestTrack which can be used to collect and store customer and visitor contact details in the event of a localised outbreak.
This is on the top of the mental health resources the portal has been offering, linking small-business owners to leading mental health organisations’ resources, such as Beyond Blue’s dedicated coronavirus mental health support service and Ahead for Business.
“As small-business owners work around the clock to get back on their feet, they may not realise the toll it’s taking on their mental health,” Carnell said. “Over the coming weeks, it’s important to take time to be kind to yourself – your business depends on you being healthy. Help is available if you need it. Visiting My Business Health is a good place to start.”