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:

NAMECATEGORYSTATEAMOUNTELIGIBILITYAVAILABLE FROM
COVID-19 Business Support grantBusinessACTOne-off $3,000 paymentA revenue decline of 30% or more; Annual turnover above $75,000ACT Business Hub
COVID-19 Small Business Hardship BusinessACT credits for payroll tax, utility charges, rates and other selected fees and charges up to $10,000A revenue decline of 30% or more; turnover between $30,000 and $10MACT Business Hub
2021 COVID-19
Business Grant
BusinessNSWOne-off $7,500-$15,000
A revenue decline of 30% or more; Annual turnover above $75,000Service NSW
(from July 18)
Microbusiness
Grant
BusinessNSW$1,500 per fortnightTurnover between $30,000 and $75,000 and 30% fall in turnoverService NSW
(from July 26)
JobsaverBusinessNSW$1,500-$10,000 per fortnightTurnover of $75,000 to $200m; 30% revenue fall; maintain all current staff as of July 13Service NSW
(from July 26)
commercial leasing changesBusinessNSWProtection from eviction or lease terminationThose eligible for Micro-business Grant and/ or 2021 COVID-19 Business GrantService NSW
2021 COVID-19 Business Support GrantBusinessQLD$5,000 grantTurnover of $75,000+;
30% revenue fall;
Business Queensland
Financial assistanceBusinessSA$1,000-$3,000Turnover of $75,000-$10m; 30% reduction in turnover; employ SA staff (sole traders eligible for $1000)Treasury SA
Business Costs Assistance
(July top-up)
BusinessVICOne-off $2000 paymentSuccessful recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round 2Business Victoria
Business Continuity FundBusinessVIC$5,000- $30,000
extra $2,000 for CBD businesses.
Successful recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round 2Business Victoria
Commercial Tenancy Relief BusinessVICProportional to turnover reductionBusinesses with a reduction in turnover (not yet specified)Business Victoria
Small Business Lockdown Assistance GrantBusinessWA$3000 paymentTurnover of $75,000 or more; 30% revenue fall OR affected by 5-day Perth lockdownSmall Business WA
COVID-19
Disaster Payment
WorkerALL$450 (8-20 hrs)
$750 (20+ hrs)
Workers in Commonwealth Hotspots Services Australia
Pandemic Leave
Disaster Payment
WorkerALL$1,500 per fortnight
of isolation
Any worker who is must
self-isolate for 14 days
Services
Australia
(Source: NSW Government, Business Victoria, Services Australia, Treasury SA, Small Business WA)

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.

Find information relevant to your state here.

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.