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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 can apply for a rebate to help pay for government fees and charges.

The rebate has increased from $2,000 to $3,000, and eligible employing businesses can use the rebate against 50% of the cost of rapid antigen tests.

Eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations have until 24 June 2022 to apply for the rebate. You can submit claims for eligible fees and charges until 30 June 2022.

Visit Apply for the small business fees and charges rebate.

Dine & Discover NSW

Program status: Open

Dine & Discover NSW 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.

Eligible businesses can register for the scheme.

Businesses registered to accept Discover NSW vouchers can also accept Parents NSW vouchers.

Dine & Discover NSW vouchers are valid until 30 June 2022. Parents NSW vouchers can be used at Discover NSW businesses until 9 October 2022. 

Visit Dine & Discover NSW – information for businesses.

Stay NSW

Program status: Open

Stay NSW helps support accommodation providers in NSW impacted by COVID-19.

NSW residents aged 18 and over can apply for 1 x $50 voucher to use towards the cost of accommodation bookings. ​

Eligible accommodation providers with a physical location in NSW can register to accept Stay NSW Vouchers.

Businesses registered for Stay NSW Vouchers can also accept Parents NSW Vouchers.

Stay NSW and Parents NSW vouchers are valid until 9 October 2022. 

Parents NSW

Program status: Open

The NSW Government has launched Parents NSW Vouchers to reward and thank eligible NSW households for their efforts to support learning from home in 2021.

Eligible households with children aged 4.5 to 18 years will receive 5 x $50 vouchers, worth $250 in total, to be used at businesses registered for the Stay NSW and Discover NSW programs.

Vouchers are valid until 9 October 2022.

Visit Parents NSW Vouchers.

Before and after school care voucher scheme

Program status: Open

The before and after school care voucher scheme assists NSW families with the costs of before and after school care.

Families with children attending primary school in NSW can apply for a one-off voucher of $500 per child aged 4 to 13 years to put towards before and after school care expenses.

Eligible before and after school care providers can register for the scheme.

Visit Before and after school care voucher.

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.

The claims process will open in July 2022. Registered businesses will be able to claim the rebate for eligible expenses incurred from 14 October 2021 to 30 September 2022.

Visit Register for the Alfresco Restart rebate.

Commercial landlord hardship fund

Program status: Open

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

Applications for eligible landlords who provided rent relief from 14 January to 13 March 2022, including those who received 2021 land tax relief, are now open.

Visit Apply for a commercial landlord hardship grant.

SafeWork small business rebate

Program status: Open 

If you are a NSW small business owner or sole trader who completed an approved event with SafeWork after 1 August 2019, you may be eligible for a SafeWork small business rebate of up to $1,000 on the cost of equipment that makes your workplace safer.

Visit SafeWork small business rebate.

First Lap learn to swim vouchers

Program status: Open

Parents, guardians and carers of children aged 3 to 6 years can use a $100 voucher towards the cost of swimming lessons.

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.

Visit Register as a First Lap provider.

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.

Visit Jobs Plus program.

Music and overnight camp provider support payment

Program status: Coming soon

Support is available for eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations impacted by COVID-safe settings that remained in place in NSW schools after 8 November 2021.

Providers of music education and overnight excursions, including camps, may be eligible for a one-off payment equal to 40% of their decline in turnover in Term 4 2021, compared to their Term 4 turnover in either 2020 or 2019, up to a maximum of $30,000.

Applications are expected to open in June. For eligibility criteria, see the program guidelines.

Sydney CBD Friday voucher scheme

Program status: Coming soon

The NSW Government has announced a new voucher scheme 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.

Small and medium enterprise (SME) guarantee scheme

Program status: Open

The Australian Government's small and medium enterprise (SME) guarantee scheme has been expanded to 30 June 2022.

Phase 3 of the scheme guaranteed 80% of the value of eligible business loans approved by 31 December 2021 to SMEs impacted by COVID-19. Under the 2022 scheme, loans are available from 1 January to 30 June 2022, with a government guarantee of 50%.

For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit SME Recovery Loan Scheme.

Export assistance grant

Program status: Applications paused

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

Applications are currently paused for this grant.

Visit Export assistance grant.

Non-government support

Assistance for Indigenous businesses

Indigenous Business Australia provides economic development opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through:

  • loans and financial services
  • business finance and partnerships.

Find out about assistance available if you have an Indigenous Business Australia home loan or a business finance product:

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.

Visit Australian Banking Association or contact your banking institution directly.