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Introduction

If you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you've been impacted by the Omicron wave of COVID-19, you may be eligible for a payment under the 2022 Small Business Support Program.

The program provides cash flow support to help eligible businesses survive the impacts of COVID-19 and maintain their NSW employee headcount.

Before you begin your application, make sure you have all the correct documents to support your eligibility ready to upload. This will help us to assess your application as quickly as possible.

Eligible businesses will receive one payment covering the 4-week period of February 2022. Businesses will not receive payment for January 2022.

If you’re an employing business, the payment will be equivalent to 20% of weekly payroll for work performed in NSW:

  • minimum payment will be $750 per week
  • maximum payment will be $5,000 per week.

Weekly payroll should be determined by referring to the calculations underlying the most recent Business Activity Statement (BAS) provided to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for a tax period that falls within the 2021–22 financial year. See the guidelines for more information about calculating your weekly payroll. You can use our template for calculating weekly payroll.

If you’re a non-employing business, such as a sole trader, you may be eligible to receive a payment of $500 per week.

Eligible businesses can use funds to cover business costs incurred due to the impacts of the Omicron strain of COVID-19 in NSW. These costs may include:

  • salaries and wages
  • utilities and rent
  • financial, legal or other advice
  • marketing and communications
  • perishable goods
  • other business costs.

A qualified accountant, registered tax agent or registered BAS agent may apply on behalf of your business. Your accountant will need to provide a letter of authority from you to show that they are authorised to act on behalf of your business if they are not listed as an associate on the Australian Business Register.

Applications are closed.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2022 Small Business Support Program, your business or not-for-profit organisation must:

  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have been operating in NSW on 1 January 2021
  • have had an aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2021 or 30 June 2020
  • have experienced a decline in turnover of 40% or more due to the impacts of COVID-19:
    • during January 2022, compared to January 2021 or January 2020
    • from 1 to 14 February 2022, compared to the same fortnight in February 2021 or February 2020
  • for employing businesses, maintain your employee headcount from 30 January to 28 February 2022
  • for non-employing businesses, such as sole traders, show that the business is the primary income source (50% or more of the total income) for the associated person. If you have more than one non-employing business, you can only claim payments for one business.

Alternative circumstances

If your business does not meet all the eligibility criteria, you may be able to apply for the 2022 Small Business Support Program if you can provide evidence to support the alternative circumstances outlined in the guidelines.

Ineligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations

Certain entities, such as those earning passive income (rents, interest, or dividends) that is more than 50% of the business's income, government agencies, local governments, banks, and universities are not eligible for this program.

If passive income is more than 50% but the business is actively providing services that relate to the passive income, call us on 13 77 88.

See the full list of ineligible businesses.

Non-employing businesses are still eligible for this program if anyone associated with and deriving income from the business has received a Commonwealth Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for the same period they apply for the 2022 Small Business Support Program.

Registered charities are not eligible if they are receiving COVID-19 support from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice Social Sector Support Fund (SSSF).

If you believe you have received payments you’re not eligible for and would like to arrange repayment, please call us on 13 77 88.

What you need

  • a MyServiceNSW Account – you can create one when you start your application
  • your proof of identity
  • your valid ABN/ACN number
  • your business banking details for payment
  • evidence of your annual turnover and loss of income
  • Australian income tax return, or for registered charities, your ACNC Annual Information Statement
  • qualified accountant, registered tax agent or registered BAS agent details, where required.

Evidence to support eligibility

To apply for the 2022 Small Business Support Program, you’ll need to declare that you meet the eligibility criteria, and:

  • submit your most recently lodged Australian income tax return, with tax file numbers redacted, demonstrating an aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2020 or 30 June 2021, or for registered charities, your ACNC Annual Information Statement
  • provide evidence of how the weekly payroll amount was calculated, through:
    • your most recent BAS or IAS within the 2021–22 financial year,
    • your 2020-21 payroll tax reconciliation return, or
    • a copy of your business's payroll report filed using Single Touch Payroll (STP).
  • provide other supporting documents as outlined in section 6 of the guidelines, which may include:
    • letter of authority, if you are not listed as an associate on the Australian Business Register
    • a letter from your accountant, tax agent or BAS agent to verify your business's 40% decline in turnover during the month of January 2022 (you may use our accountant's letter template)
    • audited profit and loss statements
    • receipts and invoices from purchases
    • NSW payroll tax reconciliation returns
  • identify how the public health order has directly impacted the turnover of the business.

If your business is not on the list of industries directly impacted by public health orders, you’ll also need to:

  • submit evidence, such as Business Activity Statements, Instalment Activity Statements, or a letter from a qualified accountant, registered tax agent or registered BAS agent, to demonstrate a decline in turnover of 40% or more during January 2022, compared to January 2020 or January 2021.

Note: you do not have to provide evidence of your decline in turnover for the month of February 2022, but you must declare this decline in turnover when you submit your application.

Businesses submitting an Australian income tax return for the year ended 30 June 2020 as proof of aggregated annual turnover may be asked to provide additional proof that they operated in the 12 months prior to 31 January 2022. This may include:

  • commercial rates notice
  • lease agreements
  • utility bills
  • insurance papers.

If you are a non-employing accounting business (for example, sole trader) you must submit a letter from a qualified accountant, registered tax agent or registered BAS agent that is not an employee or director of your business, an associated entity of your business, or a director or employee of an associated entity of your business.

See the program guidelines for more information.

Auditing requirements

Successful applications may be subject to an audit.

Service NSW can request a combination of the following documents to support its determination of eligibility and use of funds in accordance with the 2022 Small Business Support Program Terms and Conditions including:

  • accountant’s letter
  • prior BAS statements
  • income tax declarations
  • audited profit and loss statements
  • receipts and invoices from purchases
  • NSW payroll tax reconciliation returns.

You'll need to keep all documentary evidence relied upon in your application for a minimum of 5 years.

Proof of identity

Two proof of identity documents are required. They may include:

  • Australian driver licence
  • Medicare card
  • Australian passport
  • Australian birth certificate
  • Australian travel visa
  • Australian citizenship certificate
  • Australian certificate of registration by descent
  • Australian ImmiCard.

How to apply

Applications are closed.

More information

  • The relevant COVID-19 restrictions are:
    • Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order (No 2) 2021 commenced on 27 December 2021, imposing density restrictions on hospitality venues and nightclubs
    • amendment to the public health order commenced on 8 January 2022, banning singing and dancing in some venues
    • amendment to the public health order commenced on 11 January 2022, restricting music festival operations.