New South Wales
Small business fees, charges and RAT rebate
Businesses and not for profits can apply for a rebate of up to $3000 to offset against NSW government fees and charges, and the cost of obtaining rapid antigen tests if:
- they have total annual Australian wages below $1.2 million and
- have an ABN registered in NSW and/or have business premises physically located and operating in NSW.
The rebate covers NSW Government charges and fees and local council rates and charges related to the cost of doing business. Payments such as fines and penalties are excluded from rebate.
The rebate can be drawn on multiple times until the full $3000 is reached.
Businesses can claim the rebate through their Service NSW Business Profile account, upon submitting proof of payment of any of the applicable licence fees and charges.
The rebate is available until 30 June 2022. If the full amount of the rebate is not used up by 30 June 2022, the balance will lapse.
Payroll tax concessions
Entities with total grouped Australian wages of between $1.2 million and $10 million and were eligible for the 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant or JobSaver payment will have their annual payroll tax liability reduced by 50 per cent.
Other entities with total grouped wages of $10 million or less, who did not receive a 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant or JobSaver payment, may still be eligible for the 50 per cent reduction if they are able to demonstrate that they have experienced a 30 per cent decline in turnover.
Commercial tenancy changes
While rent relief ended on 13 March, from 14 March to 30 June 2022, landlords will be prevented from taking certain actions including evicting and locking out, unless they have attempted mediation with tenants that:
- had a turnover of less than $5 million in 2020-21; and
- received at any point in time the 2022 Small Business Support Grant, 2021 Micro-business Grant, 2021 Business Grant, or the 2021 JobSaver payment.
Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund
The Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund provides grants of up to $3000 per month per retail or commercial lease to eligible landlords who may experience hardship because of entering into an agreement to provide rental relief to tenants from 13 July 2021 until 13 March 2022.
The grant will be equal to the value of the rent waiver provided to the tenant in each month from August 2021, to a maximum of $3000 per month per eligible tenancy.
Landlords that provided rent relief from 14 January 2022 to 13 March 2022 are eligible for this payment but must apply separately.
To be eligible, the landlord must:
- have not claimed any land tax relief for rent reductions between 1 July and 31 December 2021
- be a landowner or trustee with total taxable land holdings of less than $5 million (as at 31 December 2020 and excluding their principal place of residence)
- have gross rental income as their primary source of income (gross rental income being more than 50 per cent of total assessable income) for the 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial years.
Applications are now open for eligible landlords who provided rent relief from 14 January to 13 March 2022. Applications close 31 May 2022.
Alfresco Restart rebate
NSW food and beverage businesses can apply for the Alfresco Restart rebate of up to $5000 if:
- their aggregated annual turnover is less than $10 million for the year ended 30 June 2021, and
- they incur eligible costs and expenses for opening or expanding of outdoor dining areas from 14 October 2021 to 30 April 2022.
Eligible expenses include:
- decking and other temporary ground surfaces
- weather protection, including umbrellas
- additional furniture.
Payments will be made to the first 5000 applicants. Claims must be made by 30 June 2022.
Ventilation Voucher Program
The Victorian Government is offering a $500 rebate for public-facing small businesses to undertake immediate actions such as purchasing air purifiers or hiring a qualified tradesperson to undertake minor services to improve ventilation in areas accessible to customers.
It’s also offering up $1000 to $5000 in matched grants to enable public-facing small businesses who employ staff to invest in larger projects such as building works, engaging professional services or equipment to improve ventilation in areas accessible to customers.
Applications close 24 June 2022.
Small Business Digital Adaptation Program
The Victorian Government is offering a $1200 rebate to small businesses investing in approved digital business products such as invoicing, online marketing, upgrading your website, etc.
Applications close 18 July 2022.
Small Business Hardship Grant [updated]
The WA Government will provide businesses that have experienced a 40 per cent or greater reduction in turnover for any consecutive two-week period between 1 January 2022 and 30 April 2022 relative to the same period in 2021.
Eligible businesses will receive:
- $5000 for sole traders (no employees)
- $10,000 for businesses with one to five employees
- $20,000 for businesses with six to 19 employees
- $50,000 for businesses with 20 or more employees and with an annual payroll of up to $4 million.
For businesses that have experienced a 30 per cent or greater reduction in turnover for any consecutive two-week period between 1 January 2022 and 30 April 2022 relative to the same period in 2021.
Eligible businesses will receive:
- $3750 for sole traders (no employees)
- $7500 for businesses with one to five employees
- $15,000 for businesses with six to 19 employees
- $37,500 for businesses with 20 or more employees and with an annual payroll of up to $4 milli
Hospitality businesses with an annual payroll of between $4 million to $20 million will receive a three-month payroll tax waiver. Such businesses must have experienced a decline in turnover of at least 40 per cent for any four-week period between 1 January 2022 and 30 April 2022 relative to the same period in 2021.
An alternative period in 2021 may be used if the business did not operate at that time or it provides an inaccurate representation of the business's financial situation.
Applications close 30 June 2022.
Small Business Rental Relief Package
The WA Government will provide commercial tenants grants of up to $3000 where they:
- have an annual turnover of more than $50,000 and an Australia-wide payroll of less than $4 million, and
- be able to demonstrate a 30 per cent or higher reduction in revenue for any four-week consecutive period between 1 January 2022 to 30 April 2022, compared to the equivalent period in 2021.
The WA Government will also provide commercial landlords who voluntary match the Government's $3000 Tenant Rent Relief payment with a $1500 incentive payment. Eligibility criteria include:
- the landlord provides rent relief of $3000 to small business tenants that:
- experience a 30 per cent or higher reduction in revenue for any four-week consecutive period between 1 January 2022 to 30 April 2022, compared to the equivalent period in 2021;
- have a tenanted premises in WA.
- An alternative period in 2021 may be used if the business did not operate at that time or it provides an inaccurate representation of the business' financial situation.
Applications close 30 June 2022.
Outdoor Dining and Entertainment Support Package
The WA Government will provide the following assistance to the hospitality sector:
- Alfresco Support Program to reimburse small businesses in the hospitality sector up to $5000 for eligible costs associated with creating and expanding an alfresco area. Applications close 17 June 2022. Find out more.
- Liquor licence renewal fees for 2022 will be waived and refunds provided for businesses that have already paid. One-off fees for variations to liquor licencing to enable alfresco services will also be waived. Find out more.
- Nightclub Assistance Program payments of up to $50,000 for eligible nightclubs impacted by capacity limits and social distancing. Applications close 30 June 2022. Find out more.
- Performing Arts, Theatres and Cinemas Assistance Program, providing payments of up to $50,000 to a range of larger, indoor entertainment venues that are particularly affected by capacity constraints. Applications close 30 June 2022. Find out more.
Small Business Assistance Grant
Some small businesses directly impacted by public health measures from 23 December 2021 to 4 January 2022 can apply for a grant of up to $12,500 for employing businesses ($1130 for each impacted day). Eligible sole traders will receive up to $4,400 ($400 for each impacted day).
The grant payment will be based upon the number of days that a business was impacted during the above period.
To be eligible, the business must be located within the Perth, Peel or Rottnest regions, have an annual turnover of more than $50,000 and have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $4 million in the 2020-21 financial year. The business must also be able to demonstrate a reduction in turnover of at least 30 per cent compared to the same period in the prior year and that the decline is directly linked to the restricted trading conditions.
Importantly, the grant is restricted to businesses in the hospitality sector, the music events industry or the creative and performing arts sectors.
Nightclubs forced to close will be eligible for a $20,000 grant.
Applications close 31 May 2022.
Safe Transition Industry Support
The WA Government has announced nine support programs for the international education, tourism, aviation and events sectors.
- grants of $50,000 and $100,000 to assist eligible small and medium-sized education providers impacted by the closure of international borders. Applications close 2 May 2022. Find out more.
- payments to eligible event suppliers for ticketed events with $10,000 grants for sole traders, $20,000 for small businesses and $50,000 for large businesses with pre-COVID annual turnover of more than $1 million. Applications close 30 June 2022. Find out more.
COVID-19 Business Impact Support Program
Round 4: Tasmanian businesses that have experienced a 30 per cent or more decline in turnover due to COVID-19 between 15 March 2022 to 14 April 2022 compared to the same period in 2021 will be eligible for an additional grant of:
- businesses with an annual turnover of $25,000 to $49,999 - $1000
- businesses with an annual turnover of $50,000 to $999,999 - $2000
- businesses with an annual turnover of $1 million to $2,999,999 - $3000
- businesses with an annual turnover of $3 million to $4,999,999 - $5000
- businesses with an annual turnover of $5 million to $10 million - $10,000
Where a business purchased and lost perishable goods, a grant of up to $5000.
Businesses must also demonstrate they have a COVID-19 Safety Plan, a completed COVID-19 Risk Assessment and where necessary, a COVID-19 Case and Outbreak Management Plan in place to be eligible.
Applications close 12 May 2022.
COVID-19 Small Business Advice and Financial Guidance Program
The COVID-19 Small Business Advice and Financial Guidance Program will provide eligible applicants grants of between $750 to $1500 to obtain financial or other business guidance from a suitably qualified specialist / consultant to assist small businesses with for example:
- Strategic analysis
- Profitability analysis
- Advice regarding the management of debts and liabilities.
Applicants will be required to nominate a suitably qualified service provider that will provide such guidance or support. They will also be required to provide an itemised quote confirming the services to be provided, as well as confirmation of an appointment made with the nominated service provider.
COVID-19 Lockdown Payment Program
Businesses with an annual turnover of between $75,000 to $10 million and with fewer than 20 full-time equivalent employees who suffer a decline in turnover of at least 50 per cent due to lockdown can apply for a payment of $1000 for lockdowns of three to seven days.
For lockdowns beyond seven days, the payment will be:
- $1000 per week for businesses with an annual turnover between $75,000 to $2 million
- $2000 per week for businesses with an annual turnover between $2 million to $5 million
- $4000 per week for businesses with an annual turnover between $5 million to $10 million.