Law Council of Australia


Small Business Natural Disaster Preparedness and Resilience

In times of major disaster, the emotional impact of human loss and suffering naturally attracts much public attention and, quite rightly, the role of first responders in meeting the most immediate and basic needs of affected communities, including small businesses, is celebrated.

However, large scale crises will also raise a range of unexpected legal issues for individuals and small businesses both immediate and longer term. The role of the legal profession in supporting those in need is an integral, but often overlooked, part of the disaster relief effort.

The submission to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman notes the Law Council's reflections on how the legal profession can be better supported to assist small businesses in the immediate aftermath and period following a natural disaster.


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