Business support

Pandemic financial support by state and territory, as at February 10 2022.

  • SME Recovery Loan Scheme
    Federal government will guarantee 50% of loan amounts for businesses up to $250 million in turnover. Scheme runs till June 30 2022.
    More information: Treasury
  • Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements
    Subsidising 50% of wages, to a maximum of $7,000 a quarter, for employing an apprentice between October 5 2020 and March 31 2022.
  • COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Scheme
    Up to $10,000 to cover costs of selected utilities (gas, water and electricity), commercial rates and commercial vehicle registrations. Available to businesses with an annual turnover of $30,000 to $2 million that have had more than 30% decline in revenue. Scheme extended to February 28 2022.
  • Food business registration, outdoor dining permit, and liquor licensees fee waiver
    Waivers extended until June 30 2022.
  • COVID-19 commercial liquor permit for off-sales
    Allowing licensed premises to sell takeaway liquor. Until March 31 2022.
  • Payroll tax exemption for apprentices or trainees
    Wages paid to apprentices or trainees employed after 1 August 2020 are exempt from payroll tax until June 30 2022.
    More information: ACT government
  • Small business fees and charges rebate
    Up to $2,000 in rebates for sole traders, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations to offset costs such as food licences, liquor licences, tradesperson licences, event fees, outdoor seating fees, council rates and road tolls for business use.
    More information: Service NSW
  • Alfresco Restart rebate
    Up to $5,000 rebate for businesses to create or expand outdoor dining areas. Available until April 30 2022.
    More information: Service NSW
  • Business Hardship Package
    Deferral, reduction or waiver of payments such as payroll tax, utilities bills and rates for businesses with a turnover less than $50 million whose revenue has declined 30% or more due to COVID-19.
    More information: Business Recovery NT
  • COVID-19 cleaning rebate
    Up to 80% of professional cleaning cost, capped at $10,000, for businesses and not-for-profit organisations listed as an exposure venue by Queensland Health. Available until June 30 2022.
    More information: Business Queensland
  • Fee waivers and refunds for tourism businesses
    A range of fee or rent reductions and waivers are available to tourism businesses operating in national parks, marine parks, recreation areas or state forests, between July 1 2021 and June 30 2022.
    More information: Business Queensland
  • Touring Queensland Quick Response Fund
    Grants up to $20,000 to arts organisations and businesses to support delivery of touring performances or exhibitions. Scheme closes March 31 2022.
    More information: Business Queensland
South Australia
  • Payroll tax deferral
    Deferral of payroll tax due from January 2022 to June 2022 for tourism, hospitality, gyms and other eligible businesses affected by trading restrictions in place from December 27 2021.
    More information: Treasury SA
  • COVID-19 Business Impact Support Program (Round 2)
    Grants of $1,000 to $10,000 for businesses losing 30% or more in turnover between January 15 and February 14 2022.
    More information: Treasury SA
  • Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme
    Rent relief for businesses with an annual turnover up $10 million whose turnover has dropped at least 30% due to COVID-19. Scheme extended to March 15 2022.
    More information: Victorian Small Business Commission
Western Australia
  • WA COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment
    $320 single payment if you are directed to isolate while awaiting a COVID-19 test result, are unable to work from home, do not have access to paid leave or other income, and cannot get the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.
    More information: WA Government