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Lockdown Support for Businesses & Individuals

With some states, cities and towns in and out of lockdown, the reality of recovering financially for businesses and individuals alike is no doubt at the forefront of their minds.

A number of financial support measures have been released in the last few weeks by Australian, state and territory governments, however there is a lot of information to digest. To help you determine what help is available, and if you’re eligible, we have collated everything you need to know.

Updated 25th August, 2021.

Individuals

There are three types of payments accessible to individuals who have lost work because of the pandemic:

  1. The COVID-19 Disaster Payment
  2. ‘Top up’ payments for those on income support
  3. The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

How to apply for support?

You can apply for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment or the top-up income support payment through your MyGov account if you have created and linked a Centrelink account. Generally, once your application has been accepted, you will not need to reapply for the payment while your area remains a hotspot unless your circumstances change.

Apply for the Pandemic Leave Payment by phoning Services Australia on 180 22 66.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a weekly payment available to eligible workers who can’t attend work or who have lost income because of a lockdown and don’t have access to paid pandemic leave entitlements. If you are a couple, both people can separately claim the payment.

Sole traders may apply for COVID-19 Disaster Payment if you are unable to operate your business from home. However, you will not be eligible if you are also receiving a State or Territory business grant.

The disaster payment is tax-free and the ATO has confirmed that it doesn’t need to be included in your tax return.

Timing of the payment

The disaster payment is generally accessible when the Chief Medical Officer declares a region a hotspot (you can find the listing here). From 2 August 2021, payments will apply from day one of the lockdown and will be paid in arrears once claims open (previously, the hotspot had to last 7 days or more and the payment only applied from day 8 of a lockdown).

In New South Wales, the requirement to be in a Commonwealth declared hotspot was removed for anyone who met the other eligibility criteria from 18 July 2021. In Victoria, the hotspot requirement was removed from 15 July 2021.

COVID-19 Disaster Payments

*Payment paid in arrears from date of declaration (day 1 of the lockdown).

How much is the payment?

The COVID-19 disaster payment amount available depends on how many hours of work you have lost in the week & the payment applies to each week of lockdown you are eligible.

COVID-19 disaster payment amount

* From 2 August 2021

Eligibility

The COVID-19 disaster payment is emergency relief. It is available if you:

  • Live or work in an area that is subject to a state or territory public health order that imposes restriction on movement and is declared a Commonwealth COVID-19 hotspot, or
  • Have visited an area that is a Commonwealth COVID-19 hotspot and you are subsequently subject to a restricted movement order when you return to other parts of the impacted region or interstate.

And you:

  • Are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or temporary visa holder who has the right to work in Australia, and
  • Are aged 17 years or over, and
  • Have lost 8 hours or more of work or a full day of your usual work as a result of the restrictions – losing work includes being stood down by your employer, not being assigned any shifts for the week of restrictions and being unable to work from home. Losing a full day of what you were scheduled to work but could not work because of a restricted movement order includes not being able to attend a full-time, part-time or casual shift of less than 8 hours, and
  • Don’t have paid pandemic-related leave available through your employer (annual or personal leave is not taken into account), and
  • Are not receiving income support payments, a state or territory pandemic payment, Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment or state small business payment for the same period. See ‘Top up’ payments for those on income support Income support payments include Age Pension, Austudy, Carer Payment, Disability Support Pension, Farm Household Allowance, JobSeeker Payment, Parenting Payment, Partner Allowance, Special Benefit, Widow Allowance, Youth Allowance and Income Support Supplement, Service Pension or Veteran Pension from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

A special $200 a week ‘top-up’ payment is available to those who are ineligible for the COVID-19 disaster payment because they receive an income support payment through social security, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Dad and Partner Pay or Parental Leave Pay.  The top-up payment is in addition to your existing income support payment, if you can demonstrate:

  • You have lost more than 8 hours of work and
  • Reported employment income to Centrelink at least once on or after 29 April 2021 or had ongoing employment income on or after 29 April 2021, and
  • You meet the other eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

If you are a member of a couple, you can both apply for this payment.

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is for those who have been advised by their relevant health authority to self-isolate or quarantine because they:

  • Test positive to COVID-19;
  • Have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case;
  • Care for a child, 16 years or under, who has COVID-19; or
  • Care for a child, 16 years or under, who has been identified as a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  • Care for a person who has tested positive to COVID-19.

How much is the payment?

The payment is $1,500 for each 14 day period you are advised to self-isolate or quarantine. If you are a couple, you both can claim this payment if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is available if you:

  • Are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or temporary visa holder who has the right to work in Australia; and
  • Are aged 17 years or over; and
  • Are unable to go to work and earn an income; and
  • Do not have appropriate leave entitlements, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave or carers leave; and
  • Are not getting any income support payment, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Paid parental leave or Dad and Partner Pay. Income support payments include Age Pension, Austudy, Carer Payment, Disability Support Pension, Farm Household Allowance, JobSeeker Payment, Parenting Payment, Partner Allowance, Special Benefit, Widow Allowance, Youth Allowance and Income Support Supplement, Service Pension or Veteran Pension from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The payment is taxable and you will need to declare it in your income tax return. You will also need to include the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment in your Family Tax Benefits, Child Care Subsidy, or Child Support income assessment.

If you are uncertain of your eligibility, talk to Services Australia.

From 19 July 2021, the Government is enabling childcare services in NSW Local Government Areas subject to stay at home orders to waive gap-fees for parents keeping their children at home due to current COVID-19 restrictions. The gap fee is the difference between the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) the Government pays to a service and the remaining fee paid by the family.

The child-care gap fee waiver is only applicable where the childcare service opts in.

The Local Government Areas were expanded and now cover: City of Sydney, Municipality of Woollahra, City of Randwick, Municipality of Waverley, Bayside Council, Blacktown City Council, Blue Mountains City Council, Municipality of Burwood, Camden Council, Central Coast Council, City of Campbelltown, City of Canada Bay, City of Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland City Council, City of Fairfield, George’s River Council, City of Hawkesbury, Hornsby Shire, Municipality of Hunter’s Hill, Inner West Council, Ku-ring-gai Council, Lane Cove Council, City of Liverpool, Mosman Council, North Sydney Council, Northern Beaches Council, City of Parramatta, City of Penrith, City of Ryde, Shellharbour City Council, Municipality of Strathfield, Sutherland Shire, The Hills Shire, Wollondilly Shire, City of Willoughby, and Wollongong City Council.

The NSW Government has introduced a targeted eviction moratorium to protect residential tenants. The moratorium applies where:

  • You have lost work/income because you or a member of your household contracted COVID; or
  • Your household’s take home weekly income has reduced by 25% or more (including any government assistance received) compared to the weekly income received in the 4 weeks prior to 26 June 2021; and
  • You continue to pay at least 25% of the rent payable.

You will need to show evidence that you meet the eligibility criteria for a rent reduction such as bank statements, documentation from your employer demonstrating stand down or reduced hours, evidence of business closure, Centrelink support confirmation, etc.

See Fair Trading NSW for further details.

60 day freeze on evictions

Tenants who can’t pay their rent in full because they are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak cannot be evicted between 14 July 2021 and 11 September 2021.

Financial support for landlords

Residential landlords who decrease rent for impacted tenants from 14 July 2021 can apply for a grant of up to $1,500 per tenancy or land tax reductions depending on their circumstances. The land tax relief will be equal to the value of rent reductions provided to financially distressed tenants for up to 100% of the 2021 land tax year liability.

To claim the support, landlords will need a rental bond number or a written tenancy agreement, and a written agreement with the tenant to reduce or waive rent payable (from 14 July 2021).

Where a landlord receives financial support for COVID-19 impacted tenants, they cannot ask tenants to repay the amount of the reduction when lockdown ends.

ACT Business

The ACT COVID‑19 Business Support Grant provides $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses that have experienced a decline of 30% or more as a result of the COVID‑19 health restrictions.

Eligibility

The full eligibility details have not been released as yet but will include the need to:

  • Have an active ABN; and
  • Demonstrate that your business was operating in the ACT as at 1 April 2021; and
  • Have an annual turnover of more than $75,000; and
  • Be registered for GST before 1 April 2021; and
  • Have total Australian payroll of less than $10 million; and
  • Have experienced a decline in turnover of at least 30% or more in the week from Friday 13 August to Friday 20 August 2021 compared to the prior 7 day period.

Applications have not opened for this grant as yet. You can express your interest here.

Eligible ACT businesses can apply for credits on the cost of eligible fees and charges of up to $10,000 (inclusive of GST) per ABN against payroll tax, utilities, rates and a range of business licence fees and charges.

The scheme is available to small businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $10 million per annum.

The full details of the scheme have not been released as yet. You can express your interest here.

A range of other rebates are currently available to ACT businesses including:

  • Accommodation and Tourism Venue Operator support program – a full rebate on fixed water and sewerage charges for the first two quarters of 2021-22 up to $75,000 for operators who have experienced a decline in revenue of at least 30% in July 2021 compared to April 2021. Applications close 17 September 2021.
    • Small Tourism Operator COVID Recovery Payment for operators who receive less than $15,000 under the Accommodation and Tourism Venue Operator Support Program. Applies to businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $10m and seasonal businesses.
  • Payroll tax exemption for apprentices or trainees – Wages paid to new employees who are apprentices or trainees employed after 1 August 2020 are exempt from payroll tax from the start of their employment until 30 June 2022.

A range of automatic fee waivers and reductions have been applied to food business registrations, outdoor dining permits, liquor licensing fees, hire cars and charter buses.

NSW Business

Three primary methods of financial support are available to businesses during extended lockdowns:

  • Up to $15,000 through the expanded NSW 2021 COVID-19 business grants program
  • Up to $100,000 in weekly JobSaver cashflow support payments, and
  • NSW micro-business grants

Other support is also available through:

  • NSW rent protections and grants
  • NSW payroll tax deferrals and a 25% payroll tax waiver
  • NSW gaming machine tax deferrals
  • NSW performing arts support

If your business is in the performing arts sector, please see the NSW Performing Arts COVID support package – CreateNSW is streamlining all applications through them.

The COVID-19 Business Grant provides up to $15,000 to eligible businesses (including not-for-profits and sole traders) with annual wages of up to $10 million.

The value of the grant is determined by the impact of the lockdown on your turnover. Your business will need to prove a decline in turnover across a minimum 2 week period from 26 June 2021 to 17 July 2021 (or 27 May 2021 to 17 July 2021 for businesses on the NSW border with Victoria).

2021 COVID-19 Business Grant of up to $15,000

Eligibility

The 2021 COVID-19 business grant is available if you:

  • Have an active ABN; and
  • Can demonstrate that your business was operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021; and
  • Had total annual Australian wages of $10m or less as at 1 July 2020; and
  • Had an aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $50m (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2020 (for businesses that were not in operation for the full year or where conditions were not usual in 2019-20, see For new business and businesses where 2019-20 was not a normal year below); and
  • Have unavoidable business costs from 1 June 2021 for which there is no other government support available; and
  • Maintain employee headcount as at 13 July 2021 – the number of people you employed in NSW including full time, part time and long-term casuals that have been employed by the business for more than 12 months; and
  • Have experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more over a minimum 2-week period from 26 June 2021 to 17 July 2021 (27 May 2021 to 17 July 2021 for businesses on the NSW border with Victoria) compared to:
    • The same period in 2019;
    • The same period in 2020; or
    • The 2-week period immediately before the start of the relevant lockdown test period.

Some businesses are ineligible for the grant. These include businesses predominantly earning passive income (rent, interest, or dividends), businesses owned by sovereign entities (foreign Governments), businesses in liquidation or bankruptcy proceedings, businesses that did not have an ABN as at 1 June, government agencies, local governments, banks, and universities.

For new business and businesses where 2019-20 was not a normal year

For businesses that were in operation on 1 June 2021 but:

  • Were a new business that did not operate for a full year; or
  • Were impacted by acquisition, disposal or restructure

you can use a 3 month period that is representative of your normal operating environment to prove your turnover. Generally, a business activity statement or income tax return will be required as evidence of turnover, or if these are not available, a letter from your accountant or bank statements can be used.

For businesses where 2019-20 was not a normal year, for example your business was impacted by the bushfires or for sole traders or small partnerships impacted by illness, you can use 2018 as your comparison period.

These alternatives apply to the 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant, JobSaver and Micro-business grant.

How to apply

Applications are made online through Service NSW and close at 11:59pm on 13 September 2021.

To apply for the grant, you will need a series of documents to evidence your application:

  • An Australian Income Tax Return (or Notice of Assessment) or other documentation demonstrating your business had, or would have had, an aggregated annual turnover
  • If your business is not on the highly impacted list of industries, you must supply a letter from your accountant evidencing your businesses decline in turnover
  • Details of your accountant, tax agent, BAS agent
  • For businesses operating outside of NSW but claiming they were operating in NSW as at 1 June:
    • Commercial rates notices or lease agreements
    • In the absence of rates or lease agreements – utility bills, insurance documents, supply invoices, registration papers, contractor licenses etc

Eligible expenses such as invoices may also be required if an audit is undertaken.

Common questions

How is aggregated annual turnover measured?

Aggregated turnover is generally your business’s annual turnover plus the annual turnover of any business connected with you or that are an affiliate of yours. If you have any related entities that carry on a business, please contact us and we’ll work with you on calculating this figure.

Annual turnover generally includes income that has been generated in the ordinary course of carrying on a business. You would normally use GST-exclusive figures for this purpose. ATO guidance suggests that JobKeeper and cash flow boost amounts would probably be ignored as part of this calculation.

How is decline in turnover measured?

In general, the concept of ‘current GST turnover’ is used to determine whether the business has suffered a decline in turnover of at least 30%. This turnover test includes proceeds from the sale of capital assets, GST free supplies such as exports, and supplies made between members of a GST group.

When you are calculating turnover, if your business accounts for GST on an accrual basis, you should use this method. If you account for GST on a cash basis, you should use this method.

Can I get the JobSaver and the business grant?

If your business meets the eligibility conditions, you can access both the grant and JobSaver.

If your business does not have any employees, you cannot access the grant if persons associated with the business, and who derive income from it, have applied for, or are receiving, the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

If your business is in the performing arts sector, please see the NSW Performing Arts COVID support package – CreateNSW is streamlining all applications through them.

I don’t employ staff, can I still get the grant?

For sole traders and other businesses without employees, you can access the grant if you meet the other eligibility criteria but only if persons associated with the business, and who derive income from it, have not applied for, and are not receiving, the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment. 

JobSaver is a weekly payment between a minimum of $1,500 and maximum of $100,000 based on 40% of the NSW payroll payments of your business (including not-for-profits).

Eligible businesses without employees that meet the eligibility criteria (such as sole traders with no employees), will be able to access a payment of $1,000 per week.

JobSaver applies from week four of the lockdown (from 18 July for Greater Sydney) and will cease when lockdown restrictions are eased or when the Commonwealth hotspot declaration is removed.

Funding is limited to specific purposes such as salaries and wages, utilities and rent, financial and legal support, marketing and perishable goods, etc.

Eligibility

To access JobSaver, you must:

  • Have an active ABN; and
  • Demonstrate that your business was operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021; and
  • Have an aggregated turnover between $75,000 and $250 million for the year ended 30 June 2020 (for businesses that were not in operation for the full year or where conditions were not usual in 2019-20, see For new business and businesses where 2019-20 was not a normal year above); and
  • Have experienced a decline in turnover of at least 30% over a minimum 2-week period from the start of the Greater Sydney Lockdown (from 26 June 2021), compared to:
    • The same period in 2019, or
    • The same period in 2020, or
    • The 2-week period immediately before the start of the lockdown period (26 June 2021).
  • And, maintain employee headcount as at 13 July 2021 – the number of people you employed in NSW including full time, part time and long-term casuals that have been employed by the business for more than 12 months.

Some businesses are ineligible for JobSaver. These include businesses predominantly earning passive income (rent, interest, or dividends), businesses owned by sovereign entities (foreign Governments), businesses in liquidation or bankruptcy proceedings, businesses that did not have an ABN as at 1 June or backdated their ABN, government agencies, local governments, banks, and universities.

How to apply

Applications can be made online through Service NSW and close at 11:59pm on 18 October 2021.

If your business has successfully applied for the COVID-19 business grant, your business will be automatically eligible for JobSaver but will need to provide the additional information on payroll and headcount.

To apply for JobSaver, you will need the following for the business:

  • Australian income tax return, Notice of Assessment or other documentation demonstrating the business had a national aggregated annual turnover of between $75,000 and $250 million for the financial year ending 30 June 2020.
  • Weekly payroll – W1 amount excluding amounts withheld for contractors on the most recent BAS submitted prior to 26 June 2021 for the 2020-21 financial year, 2019-20 payroll reconciliation for those without a W1 amount (see How is the 40% of payroll calculated?)

If your business is not on the highly impacted industries list, you will also need to submit a letter from your accountant demonstrating that that you meet the decline in turnover test.

How is the 40% of payroll calculated?

Payroll is based on your most recent Business Activity Statement (BAS) lodged with the ATO prior to 26 June 2021 for the 2020-21 financial year. Use the figure at item WI, removing any amounts withheld on behalf of contractors. To determine weekly payroll, divide the amount by the number of days in the BAS period and multiply this by 7.

For businesses with employees outside of NSW, you will need to calculate the amount based on just the NSW employees using the same method you use to report on your BAS.

If your business does not submit a BAS with a W1 amount, use your 2019-20 NSW payroll tax reconciliation return. If your business does not submit a BAS, you will need to contact ServiceNSW to discuss alternatives.

Where an employer’s headcount changed because of circumstances outside the control of the employer (such as voluntary resignations, death of an employee) it will not be taken as a reduction in employee headcount on 13 July. 

Common questions

I don’t have employees; can I still qualify?

If your business does not have employees (such as sole traders) but meets all the other eligibility tests, you can apply for JobSaver but only if the individuals associated with and deriving income from the business have not received a Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment since 18 July 2021. You also need to ensure that the business is the primary income source for the associated person.

I have stood down my employees, do they still qualify for the headcount test?

Yes. If you have stood down your full time, part time or long-term casual employees, they are counted in the headcount. During a stand down the employment relationship remains (their role has not been terminated), the employee is not paid (unless they are taking paid leave), and they continue to accrue annual leave. See the FairWork website to clarify how and when an employer can stand down employees.

An employee has resigned, does this impact my headcount?

No. If the employee is no longer with the business due to circumstances outside of your control, such as resignation or death, this will not impact the headcount test.

If, however you forced the employee to resign or terminated their employment, this will impact on your headcount and eligibility for JobSaver and the COVID-19 business grant. Any actions taken by the business that reduce headcount will need to be reported to Service NSW.

The micro-business grant provides $1,500 per fortnight to sole traders and other small businesses with aggregated annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000. The grants are available from week one of the lockdown until restrictions are eased.

Grants are for costs incurred from 1 June 2021 including salaries and wages, utilities and rent, financial and legal costs, perishable goods, etc.

Eligibility

To access the micro-business grant, you must:

  • Have an active ABN registered in NSW or can demonstrate your business was operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021; and
  • Have aggregated annual turnover of more than $30,000 and less than $75,000 for the year ended 30 June 2020 (for businesses that were not in operation for the full year or where conditions were not usual in 2019-20, see For new business and businesses where 2019-20 was not a normal year above);
  • Have experienced a decline in turnover of at least 30% over a minimum 2-week period from the start of the Greater Sydney Lockdown (from 26 June 2021), compared to
    • The same period in 2019, or
    • The same period in 2020, or
    • The 2-week period immediately before the start of the lockdown period
  • Have business costs for which there is no other government support available; and
  • Have not applied for either the 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant or JobSaver; and
  • Have less than 20 full time equivalent employees at 1 June 2021; and
  • If you are an employer, maintain your headcount as at 13 July 2021; and
  • If you do not have employees, such as a sole trader, the business making the application is your primary source of income.

Businesses that received the $1,500 small business fees and charges rebate can apply for this grant.

If your business does not have any employees, you cannot access the grant if persons associated with the business, and who derive income from it, have applied for, or are receiving, the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Ineligible businesses include those predominantly earning passive income (rent, interest, or dividends), or businesses in liquidation or individuals in bankruptcy proceedings.

How to apply

Applications are made online through Service NSW and close at 11:59pm on 18 October 2021.

If we submit the application for you, we will provide a letter to ServiceNSW documenting your decline in turnover and aggregated annual turnover. 

If we are not submitting your application for you, you will need show evidence such as your income tax return, business activity statement, and business bank accounts.

If your business operates in another State or Territory, you will also need to evidence that your business operates in NSW (e.g., utility bills, insurance papers, supply invoices, registration papers, contractor licences).

Where your business operates through a trust structure, you will need to provide additional information to demonstrate that a national aggregated annual turnover of more than $30,000 and less than $75,000 is derived through the trust.

If your business is a not-for-profit, you will also need to provide a copy of your constitution, minutes and resolutions from your AGM for the last 3 years, and audited financial statements for the last 3 years.

Commercial and retail rent protections are in place from 13 July 2021 until 20 August 2021.

Eviction moratorium

A short-term eviction moratorium is in place for rental arrears where a tenant has:

  • An annual turnover of up to $50 million; and
  • Is eligible for the Micro-business COVID-19 Support Grant, the COVID-19 NSW Business Grant and/or the Job Saver Grant.

Commercial and retail landlords will need to attempt mediation before recovering a security bond or locking-out or evicting a tenant impacted by Public Health Orders.

See the NSW Small Business Commissioner for further details.

Land tax relief equal to the value of rent reductions provided by commercial, retail and residential landlords to financially distressed tenants is available for up to 100% of the 2021 land tax liability.

See Apply for COVID-19 land tax relief and Residential Tenancies Moratorium Application for rent negotiation

Payroll tax and lodgement deadline deferred

The due date for the 2020-21 annual reconciliation has been deferred until 7 October 2021. You also have the option of deferring July and August 2021 payroll tax payments until 7 October 2021.

Previous payroll tax deferrals and payment arrangements for 2020-21 due in July 2021 have not been deferred. 

See Revenue NSW for further details.

25% payroll tax waiver for businesses between $1.2m and $10m

Businesses with Australian wages of between $1.2 million and $10 million that have experienced a 30% decline in turnover, will be provided with a 25% payroll tax waiver in 2021-22. Further details of the reduction will be available by the end of August from Revenue NSW

All businesses paying hotel or club gaming machine tax will be able to defer the taxes for the 2021-22 financial year:

  • Hotels: deferrals for June and September quarter until 21 January 2022.
  • Clubs: deferrals for the August quarter until 21 December 2022.

The NSW Performing Arts COVID support package covers performances impacted by NSW Government Public Health Orders from 26 June 2021.

The funding amount per performance is calculated using a formula of average ticket price multiplied by the number of tickets available for sale and a specified percentage tied to the lockdown period.

To be eligible for funding, you must be one of the following:

  • An eligible venue
  • A producer of an eligible performance scheduled to perform at one of the eligible venues
  • A promoter of an eligible performance scheduled to perform at one of the eligible venues.

See the full details and the list of eligible venues and performances here.

How to apply

Applications are made online through SmartyGrants. 

QLD Business

The QLD 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grant provides grants of up to $5,000 for businesses impacted by the lockdowns plus a ‘top-up’ grant based on the size of your payroll (see ‘Top up’ grants package below) bringing the total value of the grant to between $10,000 and a maximum of $30,000.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the grant, you must:

  • Employ staff on your payroll (excluding business owners); and
  • Have a Queensland headquarters (i.e., your principal place of business is located in Queensland) and you were trading in Queensland on 31 July 2021; and
  • Have an ABN continuously held from 30 June 2021; and
  • Be registered for GST; and
  • Have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 or more during any of the 2018-19, 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial years (new businesses that do not have a full financial year can demonstrate that they will meet the turnover test requirement for 2021-22); and
  • Have experienced a decline in turnover of at least 30% over a 7 day period that includes at least one full day of lockdown compared to turnover during the same 7 day period in July or August 2019. For new businesses that do not have a comparison period, or for businesses where 2019 did not represent a usual trading period, use another period such as July/August 2020.
  • For small and medium businesses:
    • Have an annual Queensland payroll of not more than $10 million during any of the 2018-19, 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial years.
  • For large tourism operators:
    • Have an annual Queensland payroll of more than $10 million during any of the 2018-19, 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial years; and
    • Operate in the tourism and hospitality sector (check the ANZSIC codes).

Employing sole traders who are not receiving the COVID-19 Disaster Payment and non-for-profits are eligible for the grant if the meet the eligibility criteria.

Your business does not have to be located in a locked down local government area to access the grant but businesses that are located outside lock down areas must provide evidence to show a reduction in turnover of more than 30%.

Queensland Lockdown Periods

SE Qld: 31/7/21 – 8/8/21
Cairns and Yarrabah: 8/8/21 – 11/8/21
Any other lockdown: August 2021

Insolvent businesses or businesses whose owners are insolvent or an undischarged bankrupt are ineligible for the grant.

Businesses that qualify for the QLD 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grant will also receive a ‘top up’ grant based on payroll size:

‘Top up’ grants package

How to apply

Applications are made online through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority and close on 16 November 2021.

You will need to submit a letter from your accountant on their letterhead verifying your business’s turnover, decline in turnover, and payroll, or submit:

  • Sales data evidencing a reduction in turnover;
  • Payroll records, payroll tax information or other evidence of your business being an employer;
  • BAS statements or other ATO records demonstrating turnover eligibility.

If required, your business’s trading location can be verified using your public website or utility bills for the business location.

The Queensland and Federal Governments have announced a one-off, $1,000 grant for non-employing sole traders across Queensland that have had a decline in turnover of more than 30%. No further details are available at present.

SA Business

A business support grant is available for businesses that experienced a decline in turnover as a result of the July 2021 lockdown. An additional grant is available to businesses operating from commercial premises in the Adelaide CBD.

Grants of $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses are available to businesses that have experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more as a result of the lockdown from 20 July 2021.

Eligibility

To access the July COVID-19 Business Support Grant, at the start of the restrictions from Tuesday 20 July, you must:

  • Be located within South Australia;
  • Have an annual turnover of $75,000 or more in 2020-21 or 2019-20;
  • Be registered for GST;
  • Have a valid and active ABN;
  • Be employed people in South Australia;
  • Have Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 financial year;
  • Experienced at least a 30% reduction in turnover in the week of Tuesday 20 July 2021 to Monday 26 July 2021 compared to the prior week because of the restricted trading conditions.

In general, the concept of ‘current GST turnover’ is used to determine whether the business has suffered a decline in turnover of at least 30%. This turnover test includes proceeds from the sale of capital assets, GST free supplies such as exports, and supplies made between members of a GST group.

Supporting documents demonstrating your decline in turnover will not need to be lodged but will need to be kept for 2 years.

To be considered an employee, staff must be under the control of the business, receive regular PAYG salary or wages, and have PAYG Withholding amounts and superannuation paid by the employer.  An owner, partner in a partnership, or beneficiary of a trust, is not considered to be an employee for the purpose of this grant.

Non-employing businesses are not eligible for funding if the individual is accessing COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

How to apply

Applications are made online through the RevenueSA online portal and close on 30 September 2021.

An additional grant of $1,000 is available to businesses within key ANZSIC classes significantly impacted by the lockdowns with commercial premises in the Adelaide CBD.

Eligibility

To access the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant, at the start of the restrictions from Wednesday 28 July 2021, you must:

  • Be located within South Australia;
  • Operate the relevant business from a commercial premises located in the Adelaide CBD (5000 postcode);
  • Have a valid and active ABN;
  • Be registered for GST;
  • Operate in an eligible industry sector identified in the list of eligible ANZSIC classes;
  • Have Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 financial year;
  • Have experienced at least a 30% reduction in turnover as a result of the restricted trading conditions over the two weeks from 28 July 2021 to 10 August 2021 compared to average fortnightly turnover in the June quarter 2021.

How to apply

Applications are made online through the RevenueSA online portal and close on 17 October 2021.

TAS Business

Grants of between $2,000 and $10,000 will be available to businesses that have suffered a 30% or more reduction in turnover as a direct result of lockdowns and border closures in other states as a result of a reduction in:

  • The number of visitors; and/or
  • The ability to provide, sell or import/export goods and services.

The level of funding is scaled according to your business’s annual turnover for the 2020-21 financial year or 2020 calendar year.

TAS - Business Hardship grants

The reduction in turnover test will be for a comparative period prior to 26 June 2021.

Further details are expected to be released on Monday, 16 August 2021. See Business Hardship – Border Closure Critical Support Grant.

VIC Business

A series of grants and top-up grants are available to support Victorian business. There are two main streams for grants in Victoria:

  • New grants – Grants or grant extensions for businesses that previously did not qualify or did not access the available grants:
    • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension
    • Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension
    • Small Business COVID Hardship Fund
    • Alpine Resorts Winter Support Program
  • New and existing grant beneficiaries – top-up support for those who successfully qualify for the:
    • Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and the July Extension
    • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund and the July extension, and
    • Alpine Resorts Winter Support Program.

As many of the Victorian support programs are industry specific, it’s important that your business’s ANZSIC classification is correct (this is the industry category identified when your registered your business’s ABN). This code can be updated on the Australian Business Register through your MyGov account.

New and Open Grants

The $7,200 July extension grant is for businesses that did not apply or qualify for the June Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021. Successful businesses will also be eligible for the August top-up payment.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension, you must:

  • Operate a licensed bar, restaurant, pub, club, hotel, cafe or reception centre that is registered to serve food and alcohol located in Victoria on 15 July 2021; and
  • Hold a general or late night (general), full club, restaurant and cafe, producer’s or on-premises or late night (on-premises) liquor licence as at 15 July 20212; and
  • Have a food business (which may be a third party or the Applicant) holding a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration that is valid in 2020 or 2021 under the Food Act 1984 which serves food on the same premises; and
  • Be registered for GST on or from 15 July 2021, and
  • Hold an ABN and have held that ABN from 15 July 2021; and
  • Be registered with the responsible Federal or State regulator (ASIC, ACNC, Consumer Affairs Victoria, VCGLR; local councils, PrimeSafe Victoria etc).

If your business is an employing entity, your business must also attest that the business is supporting its workers to access any paid leave entitlements, or that if a person can work from home, to work from home during the COVID-19 restrictions, and supporting their casual workers, where possible.

Businesses that are eligible for any other support packages launched on or after 27 May 2021, will not be eligible for grants under the July extension fund. In addition, organisations that operate a private gender-exclusive club where membership is only by invitation or nomination by an existing member are not eligible for assistance under the Program.

The grant might also be denied to businesses subject to adverse findings by a Government agency or local council, is subject to external administration or a petition for bankruptcy or deregistration, or becomes deregistered.

How to apply

Eligible liquor licensees with an eLicence email address registered with the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) should receive an email containing their grant application link from Business Victoria. Liquor licensees without an eLicence email address need to set one up on their VCGLR Portal by 11.59pm on Monday 16 August 2021 to receive their grant application link.

Applications for a grant can only be submitted through the link emailed by Business Victoria and close on Friday, 20 August 2021.  If you have not received your link, call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

The $4,800 July extension grant is for businesses that did not previously receive funding through the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two (May and June 2021).

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension, you must:

  • Be located within Victoria; and
  • Be registered as operating in an eligible industry sector identified in the List of Eligible ANZSIC classes (categories include non-essential retail, hospitality, tourism, transport, events and related services, services and education, health care and social assistance). Your ABN registration contains this information; and
  • Have incurred direct costs as a result of the July COVID restrictions and the business cannot predominantly operate remotely; and
  • Have an annual Victorian payroll of up to $10 million in 2019-20 on an ungrouped basis; and
  • Be registered for GST on and from 15 July 2021 (or a not-for-profit not registered for GST that has annual turnover between $75,000 and $150,000);
  • Hold an ABN and have held that ABN on and from 15 July 2021; and

Be registered with the responsible Federal or State regulator (ASIC, ACNC or Consumer Affairs Victoria).

If your business is an employing entity, your business must also:

  • Be registered with WorkSafe Victoria; and
  • Attest that the business is supporting its workers to access any paid leave entitlements, or that if a person can work from home, to work from home during the COVID-19 restrictions, and supporting their casual workers, where possible.

Organisations that operate a private gender-exclusive club where membership is only by invitation or nomination by an existing member are not eligible for assistance under the Program. The grant might also be denied to businesses subject to adverse findings by a regulator, is subject to external administration or a petition for bankruptcy or deregistration, or becomes deregistered (including a lapse in registration).

How to apply

Applications are made online through the Business Victoria website and close on 20 August 2021 or until funds are exhausted.

The Small Business COVID Hardship Fund offers grants of up to $10,000 to businesses that have been severely impacted by COVID-19 experiencing a decline in turnover of at least 70% but are ineligible for other business grants programs.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the hardship fund, you must:

  • Be located within Victoria; and
  • Have experienced a decline in turnover of at least 70% for a minimum consecutive two-week period since 27 May 2021 (based on your worst minimum consecutive two-week trading period between 27 May and 10 September 2021 compared with a minimum consecutive two-week trading period between 27 May and 10 September 2019 from a similar time of the year); and
  • Have an annual Victorian payroll of up to $10 million in 2019-20 on an ungrouped basis; and
  • Be registered for GST on and from 28 July 2021;
  • Hold an ABN and have held that ABN on and from 28 July 2021; and
  • Be registered with the responsible Federal or State regulator (ASIC, ACNC or Consumer Affairs Victoria).

If your business is an employing entity, your business must also:

  • Be registered with WorkSafe Victoria; and
  • Attest that the business is supporting its workers to access any paid leave entitlements, or that if a person can work from home, to work from home during the COVID-19 restrictions, and supporting their casual workers, where possible.

Businesses that are eligible for any other support packages launched on or after 27 May 2021 will not be eligible for the hardship fund. In addition, organisations that operate a private gender-exclusive club where membership is only by invitation or nomination by an existing member are not eligible for assistance under the Program.

How to apply

To apply for the hardship grant, you can:

  • Have your accountant complete your application on your behalf; or
  • Complete your application online and submit a letter from your accountant attesting to the business’s decline in turnover. Your accountant cannot be an employee or director of the applicant, or an associated entity of the applicant, or a director or employee of an associated entity of the applicant.
  • Complete your application without a letter from your accountant. Using this method, you will be contacted to supply additional information verifying your application. Applications lodged using this method may take up to 25 business days to process.

Grants close 10 September 2021.

The Alpine Resorts Winter Support Program provides funding though two streams: on-mountain and Dinner Plains; or off-mountain businesses. Eligible businesses should have received a phone call from the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions to assist with the application process.  If you believe your business qualifies but you have not been contacted, contact alpineprograms@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

The program is open until Friday 20 August 2021 or until funding is exhausted.

Funding amounts are less any funding received through the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 (capped at a deduction of $7,000, top-up funding through these programs is not deducted from the total amount).

To be eligible, your business must:

  • Hold an ABN and have held that ABN as at 15 July 2021
  • Have an annual Victorian payroll of up to $10 million in 2019-20 on an ungrouped basis
  • Be registered for GST as of 15 July 2021 (or a not-for-profit with annual 2019-20 turnover between $75,000 and $150,000 registered with the ACNC).
  • Be registered with the responsible Federal or State regulator (ASIC, ACNC, CAV), and
  • Meet the specific eligibility details of the program.

Funding may be denied to businesses subject to adverse findings by a regulator, is subject to external administration or a petition for bankruptcy or deregistration or becomes deregistered (including a lapse in registration).

On-mountain and Dinner Plain stream

The On-mountain and Dinner Plain stream provides funding of:

  • Up to $58,000 per premises for employing businesses registered with WorkSafe Victoria, and
  • Up to $33,000 for businesses not registered with WorkSafe

To be eligible for this program, in addition to the general eligibility criteria, your primary business must be:

  • Located within a Victorian Alpine Resort or Dinner Plain, and
  • Operate:
    • A food and beverage venue (restaurant, café, pub, bar or other food venue);
    • A retail outlet (rental, clothing, footwear, equipment, supermarket, pharmacy, gifts);
    • A business that provides services directly to visitors or contributes to the visitor experience (transport, activities, experiences, entertainment, health & wellbeing); or
    • An accommodation business that also has a public on-site food and beverage venue or a retail outlet

A business is responsible for managing lift operations at an Alpine Resort is not eligible for funding under this program.

WorkSafe registered employers can apply for funding for up four premises. Non-WorkSafe businesses are limited to one per ABN.

Off-mountain stream

The Off-mountain stream provides funding of up to $18,000.

To be eligible for this program, in addition to the general eligibility criteria, your business must be:

  • Located within one of the following regional Local Government Areas: Alpine Shire; Mansfield Shire; Murrindindi Shire; Baw Baw Shire; East Gippsland Shire; and provide:
    • Rental of snow equipment (including snowboards, skis, boots and clothing) for use within a Victorian Alpine Resort as the primary activity of the business; and/or
    • Tours within a Victorian Alpine Resort as the primary activity of the business; and/or
    • Bus transfers to, from and within a Victorian Alpine Resort.

Top-up support for existing grant beneficiaries

The Victorian Government is using the existing grant funding channels to provide top-up and additional funding for those that receive support through the:

  • Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program July Extension;
  • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 (including regional businesses) or the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension; and
  • Alpine Resorts Winter Support Program

‘Top-up’ payments are made automatically to businesses that qualified for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program July Extension.

A round 3 top-up payment of $2,800 was announced on 12 August 2021 and is expected to be paid within 7 days.

In addition to the ‘top-up’ payments, 24 sectors including gyms, cafes, restaurants, catering services and hairdressers, will automatically receive a business continuity fund payment of $5,000 with an additional separate $2,000 paid to businesses located in Melbourne’s CBD. The 24 sectors are based on ANZSIC classifications (see the full list here). Recipients will be contacted by Business Victoria from mid-August to confirm they will receive a payment.

The top-up and business continuity payments are made automatically.

Top-up payments are made automatically to businesses that qualified for the June Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 and the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension.

On 12 August, additional payments were announced for licensed hospitality venues in metropolitan Melbourne. The value of the payments is based on venue capacity:

VIc- Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 top-up

From 28 July, commercial landlords must provide rental relief to eligible tenants that matches the tenants’ COVID-19 impacted decline in turnover under the reintroduced Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.

To be eligible for relief, commercial tenants must have:

  • An annual turnover of less than $50 million, and
  • Have suffered a decline in turnover of at least 30% as a result of COVID-19.

To support landlords, the Victorian Government will create a Landlord Hardship Fund.

Where an agreement cannot be reached between the tenants and landlord, the parties are encouraged to enter negotiations directly, with the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) available to provide mediation if required. See Commercial tenancy relief for Victorians in small business, for further details.

To find out more or if you need our assistance speak to us today.

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