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.
Fee waivers for small business
The NSW Government has announced an optional deferral of payroll tax payments due in July 2021 and the deferral of hotel June quarter gaming machine tax, with the Chief Commissioner of State Revenue able to provide for appropriate repayment arrangements on a case by case basis.
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
Dine & Discover NSW – voucher expiration date extended
Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers can now be used for takeaway from eligible and registered Dine businesses during the COVID-19 restriction period that commenced on 26 June 2021.
Delivery direct to the home by the restaurant or café is recommended. Food may be picked up from a venue but check-in with a QR code is required. Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers cannot be redeemed for takeaway using third-party delivery platforms.
The Dine & Discover NSW initiative has been extended until 31 August 2021 to allow people more time to use their vouchers.
Major new COVID-19 support package to help tens of thousands of businesses across NSW
The NSW Government today announced a major new grants package and changes to the Dine & Discover program to help tens of thousands of small businesses and people across NSW impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.
The package includes grants of between $5000 and $10,000 for small businesses, payroll tax deferrals for all employers, an extension of the Dine & Discover program to 31 August and the ability for people to use Dine & Discover vouchers for takeaway delivered directly to their home by the venue itself.
Three different grant amounts will be available for small businesses depending on the decline in turnover experienced during the restrictions – $10,000 for a 70 per cent decline, $7000 for a 50 per cent decline and $5000 for a 30 per cent decline.
Businesses will be able to apply for the grants through Service NSW from later in July and will need to show a decline in turnover across a minimum two-week period after the commencement of major restrictions on June 26.
To read the full media release please click on the link here
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
Rewrite the Night’ Grants now open
Georges River Council is supporting small local businesses with $40,000 in grant funds to boost and transform our nightlife.
Local businesses can apply now for a ‘Rewrite the Night’ grant that can be used to activate their business at night. Grant categories include live music, arts, performance and lighting.
You may be a daytime business that wants to trade later at night with a different offering. This could be a florist by day leasing its site for an art exhibition at night or a coffee shop by day operating as a small bar by night.
To apply for a ‘Rewrite the Night’ Grant and for eligibility information, visit https://lnkd.in/g9tgzUV
Grant applications are open until Sunday 6 June.
Have your say on how small business can be supported in the future
Did you know that 97.5% of all NSW businesses are small businesses?
With small businesses forming such an integral part of NSW, it’s important that we provide the right support for them.
Since 2017, more than 40,000 businesses have been helped by Business Connect with tailored, independent business advice, events, and online resources.
Have your say on the Business Connect program and how small businesses can be supported in the future.
Take the survey at https://lnkd.in/gNN4f4H
A new rebate to help small businesses reduce running costs
The NSW Government’s $1,500 Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate can help small businesses, sole traders and not-for-profit organisations with the cost of government fees and charges, supporting their recovery from the impact of COVID-19.
Qualifying businesses can use the rebate to claim back the cost of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges due and paid from 1 March 2021.
Businesses only need to apply for the rebate once but can submit multiple claims until the full value of $1,500 is reached. The rebate is available from 1 April 2021 until 30 June 2022.
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Register your business for Dine & Discover NSW
Dine & Discover vouchers are now available in the Georges River. Have you registered your business yet?
Once approved as a Dine & Discover NSW business, you’ll be able to accept and redeem vouchers straightaway. You’ll be able to do this through the Service NSW for Business app.
All eligible businesses across NSW can now register for the scheme.
Vouchers are now available to all NSW residents aged 18 or over, and are valid to 30 June 2021.