Latest Covid-19 update for small businesses – Support Package
The NSW Government has announced an economic support package aimed at helping businesses affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown.
Key features of the package include:
- The business grants program announced two weeks ago has been expanded, with grants between $7500 and $15,000 soon to be available to eligible businesses with annual wages up to $10 million.
- A new grant program has been announced for smaller micro businesses with turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.
- A new business and employee support program will be delivered together with the Commonwealth to provide cashflow support to businesses to help them retain staff.
- Businesses will benefit from payroll tax waivers of 25 per cent for businesses with Australian wages of between $1.2 million and $10 million that have experienced a 30 per cent decline in turnover.
- Commercial, retail and residential landlords liable for land tax will be eligible for a land tax concession where they reduce the rent of their tenant.
Further information will be available on the Service NSW website in the coming days: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses.
New COVID-19 compliance measures for venues
From Monday 12 July 2021, the use of the Service NSW QR code will be mandatory at additional workplaces and retail businesses.
Businesses will need to display the Service NSW QR code and take reasonable steps to ensure people entering their premises check-in using the Service NSW QR codes or digital sign-in sheet.
Businesses can find the application form and more information at https://www.nsw.gov.au/register-your-business-as-covid-safe.
View the media release: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/covid-check-mandate-expanded
Changes to COVID-19 restrictions: information for small businesses – UPDATED
The following COVID-19 restrictions for people in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions are now in place until 12:01am 24 June.
A face mask must be worn in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas when:
– using public transport, hire vehicles, taxis and rideshare services
– waiting for public transport at a bus or light rail stop, train station or ferry wharf.
A face mask must be worn in Sydney’s local government areas of Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West, Randwick, City of Sydney, Waverley and Woollahra when indoors at:
– retail and business premises that provide goods and services to the public
– hospitality venues (front of house staff only)
– gaming rooms
– entertainment facilities
– places of worship
– residential aged care facilities (but not for residents).
For further updates on restrictions, visit the NSW Government website: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/what-you-can-do-nsw
Participate in UWS Research to Understand the Impacts of the Pandemic on Businesses
Dr Kathy Tannous and researchers at Western Sydney University School of Business are launching a project to understand the experiences and impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses in the Western and Sydney regions and your business is invited to participate.
The survey takes less than 20 minutes and you will have access to a unique report with your results to thank you for participating.
With the data collected, we can better understand how the pandemic has impacted different businesses, both individually and collectively, and ensure we know what is needed to continue the recovery process into the future.
Please share with any other business you know that may want to access their free, individualised business report and contribute to our shared understanding of the true extent of the impacts experienced by businesses during this historic and challenging period.
To participate, please follow this link to our survey: http://tiny.cc/COVIDSURVEY
By sharing a few details of your own business experience you can contribute to the creation of meaningful information so that we can help more businesses to succeed.
COVID Safe update: Mandatory electronic check in
On 23 November, electronic check-in systems, such as a QR code or web form, that record customers’ names and contact information became mandatory for most businesses in NSW.
All businesses who have registered as COVID Safe with NSW Government have access to the free COVID Safe Check-in which allows customers to check-in via a QR code through the Service NSW app.
To find out more about the COVID Safe Check-in and how to register your business please click button below.
Staying up to date and COVID Safe
How often are you reviewing your COVID safety plan?
Did you know that Gyms and hospitality venues such as pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes need a COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal as part of their safety plan?
Stay up to date with any changes to covid safe protocols and avoid being fined.
Stay up to date click here
Watch now: Social & Economic Trends with Mark McCrindle
If you missed the webinar on Social and Economic Trends presented by the well respected social researcher and futurist Mark McCrindle, you can now watch it at your own leisure.
This webinar covers the current economic and social climate and how it will impact the future of small business. Mark explains Australia’s trends, the impact of COVID-19 and how this will shape our future in addition to answering questions from our audience.
Make your business COVID Safe in 3 easy Steps
Georges River council, with the help of the state government is looking to minimise the predicted second wave of COVID-19. In order to do this, Council and the state government needs the help of businesses within our community to become COVID safe.
To do this, NSW businesses are required to:
- Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan
- Register as a COVID Safe business (with the NSW Government)
- Show that they are COVID Safe (download/display COVID Safe posters, consider methods for contact tracing, share with staff etc)
Please complete he COVID-19 Safety Plan and register as a COVID safe business by clinking on the link COVID SAFE BUSINESS or alternatively please visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses . Note that COVID-19 Safety Plans have been designed by industry type that can also be accessed by the COVID Safe business website
Should you require any more information please call our customer service centre 9330 6400.
Apply for a small business COVID-19 recovery grant
Service NSW has grants available to small businesses who have been negatively affected by COVID-19.
If your small business or not-for-profit organisation has experienced a decline in turnover as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible for a small business recovery grant of between $500 and $3000.
This grant helps small businesses meet the costs of safely reopening or up-scaling operations.
For more information please visit the Service NSW website
Applications Close: 11:59pm Sunday 16 August 2020.