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Dine & Discover NSW voucher scheme

Program status: Open

The NSW Government's Dine & Discover voucher scheme supports hospitality, arts and tourism businesses. 

NSW residents can apply for 6 x $25 vouchers, worth $150 in total. They can be used for:

  • dining in at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs
  • takeaway meals
  • entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music and arts venues.

Vouchers are valid until June 2022. 

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

Alfresco Restart rebate

Program status: Open

Registration for the $5,000 Alfresco Restart rebate is now open. The first 5,000 eligible small or medium food and beverage businesses that register can use the rebate to help create or expand their outdoor dining areas.

From late February, registered businesses will be able to claim the rebate for eligible expenses incurred between 14 October 2021 to 30 April 2022.

For more information and to register, visit Register for the Alfresco Restart rebate.

Commercial landlord hardship fund

Program status: Open

The commercial landlord hardship fund provides additional support to smaller landlords whose main source of income is impacted because they have provided rent relief to their tenant(s) and have not claimed land tax relief.

If you are a small commercial or retail landlord with total taxable land holdings of less than $5 million and you have provided your tenant(s) with rental waivers, you may be eligible for a grant of up to $3,000 per month, per property.

For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit Apply for a commercial landlord hardship grant.

Small business fees and charges rebate

Program status: Open

As part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus and recovery plan, small businesses, sole traders and not-for-profit organisations may apply for a rebate worth $2,000 to help pay for government fees and charges.

The rebate is available until 30 June 2022. 

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

First Lap learn to swim voucher program

Program status: Open

The First Lap voucher program provides a $100 voucher to parents, guardians and carers of children aged 3 to 6 years towards the cost of swimming lessons. The program is also for children who are in kindergarten in 2021 and children who are starting kindergarten in 2022.

If your business provides in-person weekly or intensive learn-to-swim programs over a minimum of 5 lessons, you may be eligible to register. 

For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit Register as a First Lap provider.  

Stay NSW Vouchers

Program status: Coming soon

Stay NSW Vouchers will help support accommodation providers in NSW impacted by COVID-19.

  • From mid-December 2021 the scheme will be piloted in the City of Sydney LGA. 
  • From January 2022, businesses across the state will be able to register.
  • From March 2022, NSW residents aged 18 and over will be able to apply for 1 x $50 voucher to use towards the cost of accommodation bookings. ​

Eligible accommodation providers with a physical location in the City of Sydney local government area can register to accept Stay NSW Vouchers now.

Sydney CBD Friday voucher program

Program status: Coming soon

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.

More information will be available soon.

Jobs Plus program

Program status: Open

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, visit Jobs Plus program.

Export assistance grant

Program status: Open

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

Program status: Open

Phase 3 of the Australian Government's SME guarantee scheme guarantees 80% of the value of eligible business loans to small and medium enterprises impacted by COVID-19.

Loans must be approved by 31 December 2021. 

For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit the Australian Banking Association.

SME summer stock guarantee

If your hospitality or retail business must close for at least 7 consecutive calendar days between 1 December 2021 and 31 January 2022 due to a NSW Government public health order, you may be eligible for the SME (small and medium enterprise) summer stock guarantee.

The guarantee will help you recover the costs of lost stock due to lockdown. Eligible businesses will be able to apply for either:

  • a single grant payment of up to $20,000 to cover the loss of perishable stock, or

  • a single grant payment of up to $10,000 to cover non-perishable stock.

For more information, visit SME summer stock guarantee.

JobSaver payment

Program status: Closed

The JobSaver payment was designed to provide cash flow support to impacted businesses throughout NSW to help maintain their NSW employee headcount. Payments will end on 30 November 2021. 

For more information, visit JobSaver payment.

For a summary of updates since the start of the program, see JobSaver – timeline of content updates.

COVID-19 micro-business grant

Grant status: Closed

The 2021 COVID-19 micro-business grant was designed to provide cash flow support for micro-businesses in NSW who have had their work impacted by the restrictions while continuing to incur business costs.

For more information, visit 2021 COVID-19 micro-business grant.

COVID-19 business grant

Grant status: Closed

The 2021 COVID-19 business grant was designed to support businesses that experienced reduced demand or had to close due to the public health orders during the first 3 weeks of lockdown. Businesses, sole traders and not-for-profit organisations impacted by COVID-19 were able to apply for a one-off payment of between $7,500 and $15,000

For more information, visit 2021 COVID-19 business grant.

Business support hardship review panel

Program status: Closed

The COVID-19 business support hardship review panel was designed to help businesses or not-for-profit organisations that were not eligible for the 2021 COVID-19 business grant, COVID-19 micro-business grant or JobSaver payment, or whose application was refused, access support if they were experiencing financial hardship.

For more information, visit COVID-19 business support hardship review.

Non-government support

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
  • videos on how to manage a business during the pandemic.

For more information, visit Indigenous Business Australia.

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.