We're here to support you
It’s a difficult, uncertain time for businesses.
Here you’ll find the support we can give you and your business.
To talk about your situation, contact your business banking relationship manager or your local branch.
This page is updated regularly so keep visiting. View our latest updates for other important information.
Bendigo Bank assistance packages
Small Business Relief Package
The Small Business Relief Package is now available to customers. This package includes business loan relief for up to six months.
Contact your business banking relationship manager or call 1300 236 344 to check eligibility.
Already deferred your repayments for six months?
You may be eligible for an additional four months relief. We’ll contact you to discuss your circumstances near the end of your six-month repayment relief period.
Financial assistance package
We continue to offer our normal financial assistance package to business customers on a case-by-case basis. This includes:
- For Home and Business Loans, deferred principal and interest repayments for six months^ or term extensions
- Fees waived to restructure or consolidate loans
- Other fees waived or deferred
- Waive merchant terminal rental fee for three months
- No interest rate reduction for early withdrawals on term deposits
Request business financial assistance support. Simply complete the form and we'll contact you.
Support your changing needs
Business Support Loan
Need to manage the impact of COVID-19? Our Business Support Loan gives small to medium-sized business and not-for-profit organisations access to working capital when you need it most.
Business loan interest rate cut
From 10 April, business loan variable reference rates reduced by 1.00% p.a. for residentially secured business loans and 0.75% p.a. for non-residential and unsecured.
Small business fixed rates were also cut by up to 0.82% p.a. depending on the term and security of the loan. This cut was effective from 3 April 2020.
Contact your business banking relationship manager or call 1300 236 344 for details.
Rural Bank is also helping agribusiness customers with assistance measures. This is in addition to existing support to those recovering from drought and bushfires.
SME Insurance Policy Holders
The following help is available for our IAG (CGU and WFI) SME policy holders:
- Premium payments deferred for up to six months;
- Refunds on the unused proportion of premiums for small businesses who cancel their insurance. No administration or cancellation fees;
- Maintain full insurance cover with no change to premiums for small businesses closing premises due to the impact of COVID-19.
Similarly, there is a variety of measures in place for those SME customers that hold a Bendigo Bank policy via an insurer other than CGU or WFI.
If you have any questions, please contact the Bendigo Insurance Team on 1300 132 983
Federal government assistance
Business Stimulus Package
The Federal Government is helping with a stimulus package for businesses. Please visit the Australian Government’s Treasury website to find out the latest information or speak with your accountant to find out if you qualify.
Announced Monday 30 March, businesses impacted by COVID-19 will receive a fortnightly wage subsidy of $1,500 per employee as part of a Federal Government bid to prevent millions of people from losing their jobs to the coronavirus pandemic.
Register your interest for the subsidy via the ATO website.
For a detailed fact sheet including eligibility criteria, visit the Australian Government's Treasury website.
Some business customers may also be eligible for credit, for example, an extension to their overdraft, which can offer cash flow to pay staff, while they wait for the JobKeeper program to make the first payments. Each customer will be assessed on a case by case basis to determine the assistance that may be appropriate to their circumstances.
Contact your business banking relationship manager or call 1300 236 344 to discuss.
Loan repayments & tax liabilities
Managing cash flow during this pandemic is critical.
The ATO is also helping by allowing businesses to request deferrals on tax or BAS payments.
If you’re experiencing or anticipating cash flow issues, act now. Contact your business banking relationship manager.
SME Guarantee Scheme
The Government has established the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
For further details on the scheme visit the Australian Government's Treasury website.
More support information from the Australian Government
Visit the Australian Government's Treasury website and the Australian Government website for more information on the Government's response to Coronavirus. This includes individual State and Territory Government information.
Visit the Fair Work website for information on how ways of working are changing.
^From 30 March any business customer with facilities up to $10 million can defer principal and interest repayments for six months. Please note if customers choose to defer repayments, interest will be capitalised, meaning interest and fees will be added to your loan balance with either the term of the loan extended, or payments increased after the deferral period.
To qualify, customers must confirm their business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and be no more than 90 days in arrears at the date of the application. The package is also available to commercial property landlords who have provided assurance to the bank they will not take any action against their tenants for the repayment relief period.
For business customers with facilities above $10 million, relief will continue to be considered on a case by case basis