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Georges River Business Survey – Share your thoughts
There’s just one week left to have your say on the Georges River Business Survey!
If you are you a local business owner or operator, council want your feedback on recent challenges and opportunities to help create programs and initiatives to support local business.
Plus, they’re offering some great prizes!
To learn more and take our survey, visit
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Apply for the 2022 Small Business Support Program

Service NSW has extended the 2022 Small Business Support Program until 29 April.

If you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you’ve been impacted by the Omicron wave of COVID-19, you may be eligible for a payment under the 2022 Small Business Support Program.

The program provides cash flow support to help eligible businesses survive the impacts of COVID-19 and maintain their NSW employee headcount.

Before you begin your application, make sure you have all the correct documents to support your eligibility ready to upload. This will help us to assess your application as quickly as possible.

Eligible businesses will receive one payment covering the 4-week period of February 2022. Businesses will not receive payment for January 2022.

For more information visit the Service NSW website

If you’re not able to complete your application online, please call us on 13 77 88.

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WaterFix® Small Business pilot offer

Sydney Water is re-starting its subsidized water efficiency service for our small business customers. Our goal is to help small businesses save water and reduce the water and wastewater usage charges.


WaterFix® Small Business pilot offer

We are offering a limited number of customers who participate in our pilot program a subsidy of up to $1,000. This subsidy includes a call out and water efficiency assessment valued at $110, as well as works completed by us that result in water savings, such as:

  • Leak repairs
  • Installation of WELS star rated aeration devices
  • WELS 4-star rated showerhead replacements
  • WELS rated tap replacements
  • Installation of water efficient pre-rinse spray valves
  • Toilet repairs and replacements


The service

At the first appointment, our plumbers will complete a water efficiency assessment for your business, check the fixtures and devices for leaks and water efficiency.

Depending on the findings, they may offer to complete the above works on the day or return for a subsequent appointment. To sign up email

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Watch now: Mental Wellbeing and Resilience with Silvia de Ridder

Missed last week’s webinar on Mental Wellbeing and Resilience with Silvia de Ridder?

Silvia’s short session covered the following:

  • What is resilience and why does it matter?
  • Understanding the elements that make up resilience
  • Provide the opportunity to connect with like-minded people and learn from each other

You can watch the webinar now.


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ABN change to reduce red tape and delays for business

Businesses will soon be able to register themselves in up to four business categories (or ANZIC codes) under a single ABN, in a change announced today by the Tax Commissioner.

NSW Small Business Commissioner Chris Lamont said the announcement would save small businesses across NSW considerable time and money.

“We have been working with the ATO on this issue and I’m delighted with the announcement from the Tax Commissioner,” Mr Lamont said.

“It means that ABN holders who operate more than one business will find it easier to access government support measures that target specific industries.  It should also assist state government agencies in providing timely and targeted industry and small business support.”

The Tax Commissioner gave the example of a winery that operates a restaurant and also offers accommodation. The change should make it easier for such a business to qualify for assistance aimed at any of those business categories.

The change will also make it easier for agencies like the Australian Bureau of Statistics to more accurately profile the business landscape.

More information on the change to ANZIC codes is available on the new ABRS website.

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NSW Reopening: Health rules and information for small businesses

Businesses are required to keep their premises safe and minimise the risk of infection in the workplace.

The NSW Government has announced public health measures for business and individuals to come into force at the expected reopening date of Monday 11 October (following the achievement of  the 70% vaccination target).

Vaccination compliance and obligations for businesses

Businesses will be responsible for taking reasonable measures to stop unvaccinated people entering premises. For example, having prominent signs stating requirements, Service NSW QR codes, staff checking vaccination status upon entry and only accepting valid forms of evidence of vaccination.

Authorised officers will monitor businesses re-opening, particularly those that have vaccination requirements, for example hospitality, retail, gyms, and personal services (e.g. hair, beauty).

For more information please click here


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Changes to COVID measures for local government areas of concern

The NSW Government has announced that from 12.01am Monday 20 September, COVID restrictions in local government areas (LGAs) of concern will start to align with the rest of Greater Sydney.

Visit for the full list of eased restrictions.

Additional requirements for Greater Sydney authorised workers, such as a travel permits  or routine COVID-19 testing, are still required for those needing to travel to LGAs of concern or more than 50 kilometres from Greater Sydney to work.

Get tested immediately if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Wear a mask whenever you leave your home (except when exercising, eating or drinking), keep your distance from those you don’t live with, wash or sanitise your hands regularly and get vaccinated.

Vaccination is the best way to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. Around 60% of people with COVID-19 are under 40, with some needing intensive care.

Everyone aged 12 years and over can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Speak to your local GP or pharmacist or visit to make a booking.

For more information about the rules and restrictions and what you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19, visit

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Fee Free Online Short Tafe Courses

TAFE NSW is here to help you and your business!

Did you know that TAFE NSW has a wide range of courses and programs to support you, your staff and your business?

If you are currently in lockdown and want to upskill, you can with a fee-free* online short course, but places are limited.

Courses are a mix of self-paced online or teacher-led virtual classrooms, which can pathway into a variety of full TAFE NSW qualifications.

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Apply for the Test and Isolate support payment

f you need to self-isolate and are unable to work while waiting for your coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Test and Isolate support payment.

NSW workers can apply for the $320 payment if they:

– meet the eligibility criteria

– agree to follow NSW Health self-isolation guidelines while waiting for their COVID-19 test result.

Applications are now open for tests taken on or after 13 August 2021. You’ll need to apply for the payment within 7 days of having the test.

Note: You are not able to apply for the payment at a Service NSW Centre.

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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: