Getting to know our services - small business advice

Posted 28 Jul 2016.

To help you become more familiar with the services we provide, we have introduced a weekly 'getting to know our services' series.  This week, we're talking small business advice.

The most recent addition to our pro bono program is the small business advice service.  The service matches eligible patients and carers with appropriately qualified professionals who provide their time on a pro bono basis to assist clients who cannot afford to pay for advice. 

As the pro bono program developed, it became apparent that there were very specific needs of those cancer patients and carers who were self-employed.  This need is met by the Small Business Advice Service (SBAS) - the provision of free accounting assistance and small business advice.  We have two local providers in WA.


The SBAS covers issues including, but not limited to;


  • Business health checks and strategies to improve performance
  • Bookkeeping and BAS lodgement
  • Management of business debts
  • Managing disruption to business during treatment
  • Appointing a temporary caretaker during treatment
  • Developing a succession plan
  • Capital raising
  • Business insurance advice
  • Preparing a business for sale / winding up
  • Advice on the sale of business assets
Who is eligible? 
  • All patients with a current cancer diagnosis, whether receiving treatment with curative intent, palliative treatment, hormone therapy or no treatment.
  • All previous patients who have been cancer-free for five years or less.
  • All current carers of people with cancer and;
  • All bereaved carers - up to 12 months post bereavement.
No formal means test will apply, but clients will be accepted into the SBAS at the absolute discretion of the relevant Pro Bono Case Manager.   The case manager may take the client's means into account when deciding whether to accept the client into the SBAS. 
The business-related difficulties must be at least in part related to the patient's cancer, or be more difficult to resolve because of the patient's cancer.  Essentially, there must be some nexus with the cancer diagnosis in order for the client to be eligible for pro bono assistance. Clients that do no satisfy the eligibility criteria may choose to proceed on a paid basis.



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