Grants administration for disaster relief


In response to the 2019-20 bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Government released significant funds for a range of grant programs aimed at providing emergency support, recovery and economic stimulus across NSW. In 2020, the $750 million dollar Small Business Support Fund was set up to support small businesses and a number of grants rounds have been implemented. This audit will assess whether grants administered under the Small Business Support Fund were effectively designed and implemented to provide disaster relief.

This will include assessing:

  • whether funded programs were planned, designed and targeted effectively
  • whether funded programs were implemented in line with grant program objectives and criteria
  • whether measures to monitor intended benefits and outcomes were established.