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.
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.
Business Events Grants program
The Business Events Grants program aims to support businesses that have cancelled events due to COVID-19. Grants of $10,000 to $250,000 are available to eligible businesses who plan to run high value, multi-day, business-to-business events across a list of priority sectors, such as food and agribusiness, tourism, enabling digital technologies and media.
Funding covers up to 50% of costs incurred by participating at pre-approved events as buyers or sellers during 2021. Applications close on 30 March 2021. Eligibility criteria apply. For more information, including the initial Schedule of Approved Business Events, visit Austrade's Tourism and business grants.
Export assistance grant
Regional job creation fund
Travel support program
Travel agents and tour arrangement service providers that have lost income due to COVID-19 may be eligible for a one-off grant of $1500 to $100,000 under the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program. Funding will help eligible businesses continue trading and meet legal obligations to pay refunds and credits to Australian consumers.
Businesses must have had an annual GST turnover of $50,000 to $20 million in the 2019 calendar year. Additional eligibility criteria apply.
Small and medium enterprise (SME) guarantee scheme
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.
Superannuation access for sole traders
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.
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
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufacturing 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.
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
Southern border small business support grant
Applications have closed for the Southern border small business 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.
Small business recovery grant
Small business support grant