Business flood recovery
Brisbane City Council is committed to supporting businesses to recover from flood impacts. Find out about clean up considerations, temporary workspace, financial assistance, advice for specific types of business and other resources.
Clean up considerations
When you return to your premises to safely get your business up and running again, make sure to consider:
- Personal safety - WorkSafe Queensland advice for workers involved with flood recovery
- Insurance - Take photos of damages including equipment, furniture, furnishings, floor coverings, appliances etc before removing them from your business premises.
- Electrical and power safety
- Contact a licensed electrician to do a safety check of wiring and switchboards before turning on the power. All electrical equipment that may have come into contact with flood waters should also be checked by a licensed electrician before using.
- Energex flood response information
- Electrical generator safety information from Energex
- Gas safety - Queensland Government information on gas safety following a flood
- Asbestos - Queensland Government information on asbestos safety following a flood
- Food safety - Queensland Government information on food safety following a flood
- Waste services – Businesses can take flood damaged goods to their closest resource recovery centre free of charge
If you or your staff need to access space to work on a temporary basis, you can consider the following:
- Suburban Business Hub at Nundah is available for co-working and meetings
- Brisbane Business Hub in the CBD has casual hot desking spaces
- Co-working spaces in South East Queensland.
Council has compiled the following list of financial assistance available to businesses to support flood recovery:
- Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and Allowance
- Queensland Government Small Business Disaster Relief
- Small Business Debt Helpline can help you find and apply for grants, concession loans and bill relief and can help with your insurance.
Advice by business type
Find information and advice, specific to your business type:
- Retail business
- flood recovery information for retail business provided by Queensland Government
- Hospitality and tourism
- flood recovery information for hospitality and Tourism provided by Queensland Government
- Other small business
- flood recovery information for other Small Business provided by Queensland Government.
You can book a one-on-one session with Council’s Business Liaison Officers to hear about the resources and programs that are available to support your business flood recovery. Email the team or call Brisbane City Council on 133 BNE (133 263) to book a one on one session.
Flood legal help by Legal Aid Queensland
Legal Aid Queensland provides Natural Disaster Legal Help as well as useful factsheets:
Human Resources (HR) and export help by CCIQ
Small Business Commissioner
The Queensland Government Small Business Commissioner can provide assistance and advocacy
Mental health support by Beyond Blue
Business recovery factsheets
Council has compiled factsheets to assist businesses in the recovery from the recent weather event, including returning to your business premises and support services:
- Business recovery support factsheet (Word - 88kb)
- Returning to your business premises (Word - 88kb).
To find out more about Council’s support for business flood recovery or report any flood related issues, phone Council’s Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263) which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.