Small business promised bushfire support

Paul Osborne

Small business owners can soon expect a package of federal support to help them recover from bushfires.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says final details are being worked out within Treasury ahead of an announcement on Thursday.

The package has been developed in conjunction with business operators and peak industry groups, who met with Mr Morrison on Tuesday.

The groups were told the government was considering such measures as rent, loan and rates relief, accounting assistance, fast-tracked invoices being paid by big businesses and tourism marketing for the hardest-hit regions.

"We had people from all of these small communities all around the bushfire affected areas and it was great to hear them say what they needed on the ground," Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

Work was also being done to map economic zones to understand what drives local areas, he added.

Council of Small Business chief Peter Strong said it was important that not only peak bodies were represented but dozens of individual small business operators had attended or dialled into the meeting, held in the cabinet room in Parliament House.

"The community people in the room and on the phone are frankly magnificent and they show why we fight for small business," he said in a statement.

"Currently too many of them, as well as their employees and their communities, are experiencing stress and crisis. It is probably more than 300,000 business people and their employees."

However, Mr Strong said the meeting would become "meaningless" if the small business package did not provide what was needed.