ABN change to reduce red tape and delays for businessOctober 25, 2021
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.
Progression trainingOctober 20, 2021
Support package to boost outdoor dining, eventsOctober 18, 2021
Hospitality businesses will be able to apply for grants of $5,000 to set up outdoor dining spaces and planning rules will be further eased to make it easier for businesses to get permission.
The NSW Government is also offering local councils funding to promote outdoor events and revive street spaces.
The trial easing of planning rules which allowed all pubs and small bars to apply to use the footpath and public spaces to serve diners alfresco under exempt development rules has now been made permanent. The changes, trialled from October 2020, aligned pubs and small bars with the existing planning rules for cafes and restaurants.
The rules for alfresco dining on public and private land are also being temporarily changed to include parks, registered clubs and open spaces. Hospitality providers will be able to apply to set up alfresco dining as an exempt development with landowner’s consent. These temporary measures will run for seven months from now until 18 April 2022.
Up to 5,000 hospitality businesses can also apply to the Government for a $5,000 grant to get their outdoor dining venture off the ground.
For more information, visit Alfresco Restart Package.
Resources to help your small business acquire the knowledge and skills to tender for NSW Government contracts and local government opportunitiesOctober 14, 2021
Selling goods and services to the NSW Government and councils can be an important growth opportunity for small businesses. The NSW Government spends more than $40 billion each year on the procurement of goods, services and construction.
It can be challenging, however, for a business to qualify as a government supplier, identify suitable tender opportunities and navigate the procurement process.
The Commission has partnered with TAFE NSW to deliver online training modules for small businesses on how to become a successful supplier to the NSW Government. The modules cover four major topics:
- Getting Business Ready
- Finding Opportunities
- Selling to Government
- Successful Supplying
Those who successfully complete the courses receive a certificate of acknowledgment.
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Apply for the small business fees and charges rebateOctober 13, 2021
The NSW Government has announced that the small business fees and charges rebate will increase from $1,500 to $2,000. In addition, road user tolls for business vehicles will be added as an eligible fee for businesses to claim. We are working on these changes. More information will be available soon.
If you’re a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate of $1,500.
This rebate helps businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and encourages growth by reducing the cost of running a business. Eligible businesses or not-for-profits only need to apply for the rebate once, but can submit multiple claims until the full value of $1,500 is reached.
Funds can be used to offset the costs of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges due and paid from 1 March 2021. These include, but are not limited to:
- food authority licences
- liquor licences
- tradesperson licences
- event fees
- outdoor seating fees
- council rates.
View the full list of eligible fees and charges.
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NSW Reopening: Health rules and information for small businessesOctober 11, 2021
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
COVID-Safe Posters and Signage for BusinessOctober 8, 2021
The Government has released a COVID-Safe business toolkit of signs, posters and stickers to help businesses and other organisations communicate the accepted behaviours and standards of etiquette that will help protect the community and limit the spread of COVID-19.
A selection of posters have been translated into Arabic, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Greek, Hindi, and Vietnamese.
The toolkit covers these topics:
- Proof of vaccination
- QR code check-in
- Face masks
- Hand hygiene and clean workplaces
- Get tested and stay at home
- Physical distancing
- Room and lift capacity
The artwork can be printed professionally, or by using an office colour printer.
Download signs, posters and stickers from the COVID-Safe business toolkit.
Hardship panel to consider support for businessesOctober 6, 2021
A new panel has been established to consider financial support for businesses experiencing financial hardship that do not qualify for existing COVID-19 business support measures.
The Hardship Review Panel will assess applications on a case-by-case basis from businesses which did not meet the eligibility requirements for the 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant, Micro-business Grant and JobSaver payments. It will include representatives from Revenue NSW, NSW Treasury and Service NSW.
Factors that will be considered include, for example, whether the business is an employer, in a highly impacted industry, in an LGA of concern or has unavoidable costs with no other support available.
Businesses will be back paid to the fortnight where they can demonstrate the required decline in turnover with the Panel.
Hardship applications for JobSaver are now open with hardship COVID business grants and Microbusiness grants to open later this month.
80/20 RuleSeptember 30, 2021
While it’s true that some people need to follow a highly restrictive meal plan to manage a chronic condition, it’s also true that for many people, excessively restrictive meal plans can be counterproductive.
This is why I’ve always advocated for the “80/20 rule” when it comes to meal plans.
80% of the time, you stick with a completely clean, nutrient-dense plan, and 20% of the time, you can relax around these guidelines.
The exact ratio is not important—for many, it might be more like 90/10 or even 75/25, but the point is that most of us will benefit from some flexibility built into how we approach food.
For example, when I go away I try local cuisine and have few martinis and enjoyed some delicious desserts.
I have a great time eating these foods as it’s part of the fun—and the relaxation and stress relief that comes with it.
Another example is that a few times a month, I might have a couple of pieces of Zarta. I’m not gluten-intolerant, and my two boys love it and to be honest, I do too but limit on how much I consume.
It’s more like 85/15 for me, but again, the exact ratio doesn’t matter. It’s the flexibility and ease that counts.