With a renewed outbreak spreading across Australia, State and Federal Governments have released a number of financial support packages to help us through lockdowns and business closures.
We will do our best to keep this page updated with the latest information.
Here is an overview of what is available:
|COVID-19 Business Support grant||Business||ACT||One-off $3,000 payment||A revenue decline of 30% or more; Annual turnover above $75,000||ACT Business Hub|
|COVID-19 Small Business Hardship||Business||ACT||credits for payroll tax, utility charges, rates and other selected fees and charges up to $10,000||A revenue decline of 30% or more; turnover between $30,000 and $10M||ACT Business Hub|
|Business||NSW||One-off $7,500-$15,000||A revenue decline of 30% or more; Annual turnover above $75,000||Service NSW|
(from July 18)
|Business||NSW||$1,500 per fortnight||Turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 and 30% fall in turnover||Service NSW|
(from July 26)
|Jobsaver||Business||NSW||$1,500-$10,000 per fortnight||Turnover of $75,000 to $200m; 30% revenue fall; maintain all current staff as of July 13||Service NSW|
(from July 26)
|commercial leasing changes||Business||NSW||Protection from eviction or lease termination||Those eligible for Micro-business Grant and/ or 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant||Service NSW|
|2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grant||Business||QLD||$5,000 grant||Turnover of $75,000+; |
30% revenue fall;
|Financial assistance||Business||SA||$1,000-$3,000||Turnover of $75,000-$10m; 30% reduction in turnover; employ SA staff (sole traders eligible for $1000)||Treasury SA|
|Business Costs Assistance |
|Business||VIC||One-off $2000 payment||Successful recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round 2||Business Victoria|
|Business Continuity Fund||Business||VIC||$5,000- $30,000|
extra $2,000 for CBD businesses.
|Successful recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round 2||Business Victoria|
|Commercial Tenancy Relief||Business||VIC||Proportional to turnover reduction||Businesses with a reduction in turnover (not yet specified)||Business Victoria|
|Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grant||Business||WA||$3000 payment||Turnover of $75,000 or more; 30% revenue fall OR affected by 5-day Perth lockdown||Small Business WA|
|Worker||ALL||$450 (8-20 hrs)|
$750 (20+ hrs)
|Workers in Commonwealth Hotspots||Services Australia|
|Worker||ALL||$1,500 per fortnight|
|Any worker who is must |
self-isolate for 14 days
COVID-19 Disaster Payment
This is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 lockdown, hotspot or period of restricted movement.
For all applications after July 30, this payment will now be available throughout the lockdown, meaning you will not need to apply for each week.
However, for locations that go in and out of lockdown (i.e. Victoria from July to August) you will need to apply for each individual lockdown. So if you live in Victoria and made a claim in July, you will need to open a new claim with Centrelink.
The COVID-19 Disaster Payment can help you when COVID-19 restrictions last for more than 7 days. You can’t get this payment for the first 7 days of an event. You need to meet some rules to get this payment:
- Living and/or working in a designated Commonwealth hotspot (details are here)
- Australian resident/visa holder
- you’re 17 years or older
- you’ve lost income on or after day 8 of the lockdown and don’t have any appropriate paid leave entitlements. You can read more info here.
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help you during the 14 days you need to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone.
If you need advice or support accessing payment, HSA is here to help! You can submit a confidential enquiry here or send a message through our live web chat.