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COVID-19 Financial support: 2021

July 21, 2021

With a renewed outbreak spreading across Australia, State and Federal Governments have released a number of financial support packages to help us through lockdowns and business closures.

We will do our best to keep this page updated with the latest information.

Here is an overview of what is available:

COVID-19 Business Support grant Business ACT One-off $3,000 payment A revenue decline of 30% or more; Annual turnover above $75,000 ACT Business Hub
COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Business ACT  credits for payroll tax, utility charges, rates and other selected fees and charges up to $10,000 A revenue decline of 30% or more; turnover between $30,000 and $10M ACT Business Hub
2021 COVID-19
Business Grant
Business NSW One-off $7,500-$15,000 A revenue decline of 30% or more; Annual turnover above $75,000 Service NSW
(from July 18)
Business NSW $1,500 per fortnight Turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 and 30% fall in turnover Service NSW
(from July 26)
Jobsaver Business NSW $1,500-$10,000 per fortnight Turnover of $75,000 to $200m; 30% revenue fall; maintain all current staff as of July 13 Service NSW
(from July 26)
commercial leasing changes Business NSW Protection from eviction or lease termination Those eligible for Micro-business Grant and/ or 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant Service NSW
2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grant Business QLD $5,000 grant Turnover of $75,000+;
30% revenue fall;
Business Queensland
Financial assistance Business SA $1,000-$3,000 Turnover of $75,000-$10m; 30% reduction in turnover; employ SA staff (sole traders eligible for $1000) Treasury SA
Business Costs Assistance
(July top-up)
Business VIC One-off $2000 payment Successful recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round 2 Business Victoria
Business Continuity Fund Business VIC $5,000- $30,000
extra $2,000 for CBD businesses.
Successful recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round 2 Business Victoria
Commercial Tenancy Relief Business VIC Proportional to turnover reduction Businesses with a reduction in turnover (not yet specified) Business Victoria
Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grant Business WA $3000 payment Turnover of $75,000 or more; 30% revenue fall OR affected by 5-day Perth lockdown Small Business WA
Disaster Payment
Worker ALL $450 (8-20 hrs)
$750 (20+ hrs)
Workers in Commonwealth Hotspots Services Australia
Pandemic Leave
Disaster Payment
Worker ALL $1,500 per fortnight
of isolation
Any worker who is must
self-isolate for 14 days
(Source: NSW Government, Business Victoria, Services Australia, Treasury SA, Small Business WA)

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

This is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 lockdown, hotspot or period of restricted movement.

For all applications after July 30, this payment will now be available throughout the lockdown, meaning you will not need to apply for each week.

However, for locations that go in and out of lockdown (i.e. Victoria from July to August) you will need to apply for each individual lockdown. So if you live in Victoria and made a claim in July, you will need to open a new claim with Centrelink.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment can help you when COVID-19 restrictions last for more than 7 days. You can’t get this payment for the first 7 days of an event. You need to meet some rules to get this payment:

  • Living and/or working in a designated Commonwealth hotspot (details are here)
  • Australian resident/visa holder
  • you’re 17 years or older
  • you’ve lost income on or after day 8 of the lockdown and don’t have any appropriate paid leave entitlements. You can read more info here.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help you during the 14 days you need to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone.

Find information relevant to your state here.

If you need advice or support accessing payment, HSA is here to help! You can submit a confidential enquiry here or send a message through our live web chat.

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