Closure of fisheries in the Hunter River and Port Stephens

Assistance for individuals and small businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of the closure of the fisheries in the Hunter River and Port Stephens.

The Hunter River and Port Stephens fisheries will reopen on 1 October 2016. The financial assistance package for individuals and businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of the closure of the fisheries in the Hunter River and Port Stephens is ending on 25 November 2016.

The payments are available for those involved in commercial fishing (excluding oyster farming) in the affected areas.

Individuals may be eligible for an Income Recovery Subsidy. This is a fortnightly payment for people who are not eligible for any other income support payment or pension, and who have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the closure of the Hunter River and Port Stephens fisheries.

Affected businesses may be able to claim the Business Assistance Payment, the Business Hardship Payment and the Business Transition Payment. The Business Assistance Payment and the Business Hardship Payment can assist small businesses who have ongoing expenses related to fishing in the closed fisheries, and who are experiencing financial difficulties as a direct result of the fisheries closure. They may also be able to claim the Business Transition Payment if they choose to transition to an alternative income source.

Your claim must be submitted by 25 November 2016. If you are already receiving the Income Recovery Subsidy you do not need to reapply.

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Page last updated: 28 September 2016