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COVID-19 assistance

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COVID-19 grants comparison

Use our guide to compare the 2021 COVID-19 support grants and work out which one suits your situation.

JobSaver payment

Fortnightly payments to help maintain employee headcount (from 13 July) and provide cash flow support to businesses for costs incurred from week 4 of the COVID-19 restrictions (18 July 2021 onwards).

How much

  • Employing businesses: 40% of weekly payroll, with a minimum payment of $1,500 per week and a maximum payment of $100,000 per week
  • Non-employing business: $1,000 per week.

Eligibility

  • A revenue decline of 30% or more
  • Turnover between $75,000 and $250 million.

For more information and to apply, visit Apply for the JobSaver payment.

COVID-19 micro-business grant

A fortnightly payment for businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.

How much

  • $1,500 per fortnight

Eligibility

  • A turnover between $30,000 and $75,000
  • A revenue decline of 30% or more
  • Businesses that provide the primary income source for a person associated with the business.

For more information and to apply, visit Apply for the 2021 COVID-19 micro-business grant.

COVID-19 business grant

A one-off payment to help businesses, sole traders or not-for-profit organisations impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Grants between $7,500 and $15,000 are available to eligible businesses depending on the decline in turnover experienced during the first 3 weeks of COVID-19 restrictions (26 June to 17 July 2021).

For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit Apply for the 2021 COVID-19 business grant.

Small business fees and charges rebate

As part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus and recovery plan, small businesses may apply for a rebate worth $1,500 to help them pay for government fees and charges.

For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit Apply for the small business fees and charges rebate.

Payroll tax support

Tax assistance is available to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Accommodation support grant

Assistance for accommodation providers who experienced cancellations during the NSW winter 2021 public school holidays due to COVID-19 restrictions.  

Applications are expected to open from late September 2021. For more information, visit Accommodation support grant.

Tourism support package

The NSW Government’s tourism support package includes measures to support jobs in the accommodation, entertainment and tourism sectors.

Eligible accommodation businesses with a physical location in the City of Sydney local government area can register for the Stay & Rediscover Accommodation Voucher Scheme.

Dine & Discover NSW voucher scheme

The NSW Government has launched a voucher scheme to encourage the community to support hospitality, arts and tourism businesses.

Eligible businesses can now register for the scheme. For more information, visit Dine & Discover NSW.

Sydney CBD Friday voucher program

The NSW Government has announced a new voucher program to encourage the community back into the Sydney CBD and support businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The program will offer 500,000 NSW residents 4 x $25 vouchers to spend at dining and entertainment venues in the Sydney CBD on Fridays. 

COVID-Safe dining and entertainment businesses in the 2000 postcode will be able to register from spring. Customer applications are expected to open soon after.

More information will be available soon.

Jobs Plus program

The Jobs Plus program provides support to Australian and international businesses that want to start or expand their operations in NSW. Program support will help reduce the costs and financial risks of growing a business or moving its operations to NSW.

To be eligible for the program, Australian businesses must currently employ at least 20 workers and overseas businesses must employ at least 80 workers. All businesses must be able to create at least 30 net new full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in NSW before 30 June 2024. Further conditions apply.

For more information about eligibility criteria, as well as details about funding, visit Jobs Plus program.

Export assistance grant

An export assistance grant of up to $10,000 is available to eligible NSW businesses impacted by COVID-19, bushfires or drought, to help your business access new global markets or re-enter old ones. 

Eligible exporting businesses can apply for 50% reimbursement of certain export-enabling expenses, such as marketing and e-commerce, for expenses already paid since 1 January 2020.  

For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit Apply for an export assistance grant.

Small and medium enterprise (SME) guarantee scheme

The Australian Government will guarantee 50% of the value of eligible business loans to small and medium enterprises impacted by COVID-19. Maximum loan value is $250,000 and there will be a repayment-free period of six months. For more information, visit the Australian Banking Association.

Financial institutions

The Australian Banking Association has outlined 3 key stages to repayments for eligible business owners who continue to experience financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19. This includes options to pay in full, make partial payments or access further hardship assistance. Customers will need to contact their financial institutions to discuss the options available to them.

For details, visit Australian Banking Association or contact your banking institution directly.

Assistance for Indigenous businesses

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) is offering support to Indigenous businesses impacted by COVID-19, including those that are not existing IBA customers. Designed in collaboration with the National Indigenous Australians Agency, assistance may include loans, grants or a combination of both to help with ongoing fixed costs, access to specialist advice to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis, and videos on how to manage a business during the pandemic.

For more information, visit Indigenous Business Australia.