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A State-By-State Guide to COVID-19 Lockdown Support

COVID-19 Business Support

With current and recent lockdowns in several states affecting half of the population, state governments have stepped up with support packages to help businesses that have been negatively impacted. Here’s a summary of what’s available in states where businesses have felt the negative impacts of lockdowns.

New South Wales COVID business support

New South Wales is providing a grant in the form of a one-off payment to support businesses with cash flow for the first three weeks after lockdown started on 26 June 2021.

Small businesses, sole traders or a not-for-profits  impacted by the Greater Sydney restrictions could be eligible if they have:  

  • An annual turnover above $75,000 
  • Annual Australian wages up to $10 million 
  • Experienced a revenue decline of at least 30% 
  • Maintained employee headcount from 13 July 2021.  

Three different amounts are available depending on the decrease in turnover from 26 June 2021 to 17 July 2021 (compared to the same period in 2019). These are: 

  • $7,500 for a decline of 30% or more 
  • $10,500 for a decline of 50% or more 
  • $15,000 for a decline of 70% or more

Businesses approved after applying will receive payment in their nominated bank account within five business days.

Get more details and the online application from Service NSW.

COVID-19 support grant for micro-businesses

In addition, businesses with a yearly turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 are able to apply for fortnightly payments of $1,500 for the duration of restrictions. To qualify, these  businesses need to show at least a 30% decline in annual revenue and that business owner relies on the business for income. 

Get more details and updates on micro-business grants.

JobSaver

The NSW JobSaver provides fortnightly payments to help maintain employee headcount (as of 13 July) and provide cashflow support to businesses

Employing businesses can get up to 40% of weekly payroll, with a minimum payment of $1,500 per week and a maximum payment of $10,000 per week. Non-employing businesses can get up to $1,000 per week.

To be eligible businesses need to experience a  revenue decline of 30% or more (compared to the same period in 2019) and have a turnover between $75,000 and $50 million.

More details and updates are available for Service NSW.

Update 28 July 2021

The New South Wales and Commonwealth governments expanded maximum payments available to businesses through the JobSaver program, in response to the state extending its lockdown until 28 August.

JobSaver payments will be available to employing businesses (that have experienced a revenue decline of 30 per cent or more) with an annual turnover of between $75,000 and $250 million, up from the previous $50 million maximum turnover.

The maximum weekly payment was also increased, with businesses that maintain their employee headcount now being able to receive between $1500 and $100,000 per week, an increase in the previous $10,000 maximum. Payments will be based on 40 per cent of their weekly NSW payroll.

Victoria COVID-19 business support

The Victorian Government announced a range of new support measures for communities and businesses most affected by recent restrictions. These include: 

  • Eligible Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 recipients receiving an additional $4,200, taking total payment to $7,200.
  • Eligible Business Costs Assistance Package Round Two recipients receiving an additional $2,800, taking total payment to $4,800.
  • Alpine businesses that were eligible for grants of up to $15,000 receiving an extra $3,000, in addition to any entitlements under Round Two of the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 or Business Costs Assistance Package.
  • Eligible public events and public events suppliers affected by the lockdown, receiving support up to $25,000 and $10,000, respectively, from an extension of the Impacted Public Events Support Program.
  •  A new round of the Live Performance Support programs providing up to $7,000 for presenters and up to $2,000 for suppliers.
  • The Sporting Clubs Grants Program, providing $2,000 grants for community sport and active recreation organisations for events unable to proceed.

An extension to the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two will be opening for applications by the end of July.

Update 28 July

A new jointly funded package from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments was announced to give Victorian small and medium businesses extra support and confidence to recover from the recent lockdown.

The new Victorian Business Support Package will deliver an additional $400 million to thousands of businesses, with funding to be split 50/50 between the Commonwealth and Victorian Government.  The package includes an additional $85 million Small Business COVID Hardship Fund and $156 million Business Continuity Fund, plus support for commercial tenants and landlords.

It will also supplement Victorian Government support for licenced hospitality and alpine venues, with $70 million for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 and $9.8 million for Alpine Business Support. The programs will be administered by the Victorian Government.

These supports include:

Business continuity fund

A $156 million Business Continuity Fund will deliver $5,000 grants to up to around 30,000 businesses that remain affected by capacity limits placed on businesses by necessary public health restrictions. Twenty-four eligible sectors are covered by the fund including gyms, cafes, restaurants, catering services and hairdressers. Recognising that businesses located in the CBD will continue to be impacted due to restrictions on the number of staff allowed in office buildings, they will be eligible to receive an additional $2,000 due to reduced foot traffic due to office density limits. All recipients must have received or been eligible for the previous Business Cost Assistance Program.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021

The Licenced Hospitality Venue Fund will be increased by $70 million, with grants of up to $20,000 to be made available to support licensed venues as their operations continue to be impacted by current restrictions. These grants recognise that larger venues depend more on dine-in and have higher operating costs, so they need more support than smaller operations. An additional $2,000 will be made available to these businesses located within the CBD.  To receive this funding, venues will be required to have received or been eligible for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021.

Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme and Landlord Hardship Fund

The package, fully funded by the Victorian Government, will deliver $80 million for support to landlords that provide rent relief to their tenants. The Commercial Tenancies Relief Scheme will be reinstated to provide rent relief to small to medium commercial tenants and their landlords, with more details to be provided by the Victorian Government soon.

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

A new $85 million fund will support small businesses that have not been eligible under existing business support funds. Small businesses with a payroll of up to $10 million that have experienced a reduction in revenue of 70 per cent or more will be eligible for grants of up to $5,000.

Alpine Business Support Program

Alpine Business Support will be increased by $9.8 million to deliver grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to 430 Alpine-based businesses due to restricted inter and intra-state travel during the peak winter season. The funding includes an additional $5 million support to alpine resort operators and management boards.

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South Australia COVID-19 business support

South Australia announced a seven-day lockdown beginning on 20 July and the state government announced a Business Support Package that includes one-off cash payments of $3,000 for businesses impacted by the restrictions. To qualify for these grants. businesses must have a payroll less than $10 million and an annual turnover of at least $75,000 in 2019-2020 or 2020-2021. Businesses must also be able to prove that their revenue was reduced by at least 30 per cent over the seven days from the start of the SA lockdown. 

Visit the South Australia COVID-19 Support page for more information and updates.

Western Australia COVID-19 business support

The Western Australia Government is providing Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grants for businesses affected by restrictions in Perth, Peel and regional areas. 

Business must meet all the following criteria at the start of the lockdown period on Tuesday 29 June 2021:

  • Be located within Western Australia.
  • Have an annual turnover of $75,000 or more and be registered for GST.
  • Have a valid and active ABN (Australian Business Number).
  • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $4 million in the 2019-20 financial year.

Be able to provide evidence that the primary business activity fits into one of the eligible industry activities in one of the eligible areas. Here are the full eligibility criteria.

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