Visit our COVID-19 page for information and advice on the assistance available for NSW residents and businesses



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 you 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.

Southern border small business support grant

Southern border small business support grants of $5000 or $10,000 are now available for small businesses in eligible local government areas (LGAs) that have been impacted by the closure of the NSW and Victorian border. The grant is designed to provide immediate, short-term cashflow assistance to help businesses survive or adapt to the changed circumstances.

For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit Apply for the southern border small business support grant.

Small business recovery grant

Applications have closed for the NSW small business COVID-19 recovery grant of up to $3000 and are now being processed.

If you have questions about this grant, please call us on 13 77 88.

Small business support grant

Applications have closed for the NSW small business COVID-19 support grant of up to $10,000 and are now being processed.

If you have questions about this grant, please call us on 13 77 88.

JobKeeper Payment

Small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and employ workers can register to receive the JobKeeper Payment. This payment from the federal government is a subsidy to business owners that enables them to keep paying their workers even when revenue has declined.

The JobKeeper Payment has been extended to 28 March 2021, and rates of payment will be gradually reduced from 28 September as businesses adjust to new market conditions.

For more information, visit JobKeeper Payment.

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.

Taxi industry support package

The NSW government is providing support for registered owners of wheelchair accessible taxis (WATs) and currently operational taxis, who have been impacted by COVID-19.

The package will provide eligible owners with a subsidy per vehicle to assist with on-road costs such as CTP insurance and registration​.

There is no need to apply, a cheque for $2900 will be automatically paid to eligible registered taxi operators.

Note: The taxi must remain registered for 6 months from the date of receiving the payment. If the vehicle is de-registered the support payment may need to be re-paid.

For more detailed information on the stimulus package including eligibility, visit the Point to Point website.

Access to superannuation for sole traders

Sole traders who have suffered a decrease in income of at least 20% as a result of COVID-19 can apply to access their superannuation, to a total value of $10,000 this financial year, and another $10,000 next financial year. Withdrawals are tax free. For more information, visit Early access to superannuation.

Expanded access to JobSeeker payments

Sole traders may apply for JobSeeker benefits, including the Coronavirus supplement, in the event that their income significantly declines. Unemployment testing for sole traders has been temporarily removed to enable sole traders to continue operating their business and access government support. Income testing will apply. For more information, visit JobSeeker Payment.

Electricity and gas network relief package

Small businesses that are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 may be eligible for full electricity and gas tariff relief under a financial support package organised by Energy Networks Australia. Eligibility criteria apply, including usage figures and time limits. For more information, visit Energy Networks 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 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.

Support for independent breweries

Government funding available through the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) will support NSW independent brewers by covering one year’s annual membership funds to eligible new and existing members. For more information, visit the IBA news.

Emergency cleaning stimulus package

The NSW Government is hiring small and medium-sized cleaning businesses to help existing contractors minimise the spread of COVID-19. Additional businesses will enhance cleaning of public infrastructure including schools, TAFE and transport facilities.  

Supplementary government cleaning contracts are available for:  

  • general cleaning low-risk areas 

  • enhanced cleaning for COVID-19 risk reduction  

  • environment cleaning of facilities after a suspected COVID-19 diagnosis 

  • cleaning auditing services.

Visit $250 million cleaning stimulus for more information, and if you'd like to register your business, go to eTendering.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufacturing grants scheme

The NSW Government has announced a $5 million grant scheme to support the local production of critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Grants are available to local manufacturers that can demonstrate their ability to increase or repurpose the production of items, such as masks, gowns, disinfectant, hand wash and soap.

For more information, visit PPE $5 million grants scheme.

Community sport recovery package

Eligible local sporting clubs and associations in NSW can apply for a one-off grant of up to $1000 to support the return of community sport and recreation activities as COVID-19 restrictions ease. For more information, visit Office of Sport.

Support4work grant

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) Support4work grant of $4000 is available to support eligible small businesses as they manage the recovery at work of an injured worker while the business recovers from the financial impacts of COVID-19.  

Eligibility criteria apply. For more information and to apply for the grant, visit Support4work grant for small business guidance  

Applications close 31 March 2021.

Opportunity for NSW businesses to help fill the medical supply chain

The NSW Government is seeking expressions of interest from NSW businesses who can supply or make components of urgently needed medical equipment and sanitation aids, including:

  • hand sanitiser
  • examination gloves
  • disinfectant and cleaning products
  • handwash and soap
  • masks
  • eyewear
  • gowns and protective overalls
  • paper products, including toilet and tissue paper.

Note: Businesses do not currently have to manufacture the listed products, but should be capable of changing their production lines to supply these products.

Businesses can register their interest online.

Innovation grants

Small businesses in NSW with products that address COVID-19, and that would like to speed up the process of taking those products to market, may be eligible for a grant of $250,000, $100,000, $30,000 or $10,000 as part of Southern Cross University's Innovation Districts R&D Challenge.

Submissions close 5pm on Monday 2 November. For eligibility criteria and to complete an expression of interest form, visit Southern Cross University.