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Vouchers

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.

Your business must be registered for Stay NSW or Discover NSW if you want to accept Parents NSW Vouchers.

Vouchers are valid until 9 October 2022.

Visit Parents NSW Vouchers – information for businesses.

Dine & Discover NSW

Program status: Open

  • Businesses that offer arts, entertainment and recreation experiences can register to accept Parents NSW vouchers until 9 October 2022.
  • Businesses cannot accept Dine NSW Vouchers and Discover NSW Vouchers after 30 June 2022.

Dine & Discover NSW provided support to hospitality, arts and tourism businesses.

NSW residents were offered 6 x $25 vouchers, worth $150 in total to be used between 22 March 2021 and 30 June 2022 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 that offer arts, entertainment and recreation experiences can register for the scheme and accept Parents NSW Vouchers until 9 October 2022.

Visit Dine & Discover NSW – information for businesses.

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.

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.

Rebates

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.

SafeWork small business rebate

Program status: Coming soon

If you are a NSW small business owner or sole trader who employs less than 50 full-time workers, 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. Charities and not-for-profit organisations can also apply.

Applications are expected to open 1 July 2022. Visit SafeWork small business rebate.

Grants and loans

Music and overnight camp provider support payment

Program status: Open

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 close 8 September 2022.

Visit Apply for a Music and overnight camp provider support payment.

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.

Jobs Plus program

Program status: Applications closed

Support for Australian and international businesses to start or expand their operations in NSW, by helping to reduce the costs and financial risks of growing a business or moving its operations to NSW.

Visit Jobs Plus program.

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:

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.