State Government. 

RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES & SOLE TRADERS 

Applications for the JobSaver payment are now closed. Applications for hardship review and for eligible not-for-profit organisations with a turnover decline of 15% to 30% closed on 15 November at 11:59pm.

Applications for the COVID-19 micro-business grant are now closed. Applications for hardship review closed on 15 November at 11:59pm. Note: Service NSW is experiencing delays in progressing grant payments already submitted.

Payroll Tax – Deferrals & Waivers

  • If your business pays payroll tax, the due date for lodgement and payment of the 2021 annual reconciliation has been extended to 14 January 2022.
  • If your business pays payroll tax, you have the option of deferring payroll tax payments due from July 2021 through to December 2021 until 14 January 2022.
  • All payroll tax customers that defer their payments are eligible for an interest free repayment plan of up to 12 months.
  • If you’re a small or medium business with annual wages for the 2021/22 financial year less than $10 million and you are eligible for  a 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant or JobSaver, you will be eligible for a 50% reduction (waiver) of your annual NSW payroll tax liability for 2021-22 (this has increased from 25% previously).

More information here.

Performing Arts COVID Support Package

If you’re a performing arts venue, producer or promoter impacted by the cancellation or postponement of performances resulting from the NSW Government COVID-19 Public Health Orders from 26 June 2021, you may be eligible for funding.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the application form, email sector.support@create.nsw.gov.au

Applications opened 23 July 2021. Funding will cover performances impacted by NSW Government Public Health Orders from 26 June 2021 to 30 September 2021.

For support that covers eligible performances for 19 September to 31 December 2021, view the Guidelines for the Performing Arts Relaunch Package. This package is an extension of the original package (above) and is aimed at relaunch the performing arts sector in line with the NSW Government roadmap to recovery.

Create NSW $86M Funding Package 

If you’re an artist, musician, theatre, venue, festival or cultural organisation in NSW, you may be able to access funding from the NSW Government. This funding is designed to support individuals and businesses to bounce back quickly and reignite the economy through cultural offerings. The funding will be delivered by Create NSW through the following programs:

  • $50 million for the Performing Arts Relaunch package – to assist the sector to relaunch by providing certainty and confidence for arts companies as audiences return to theatres and other performance venues (as above). Refer to Guidelines here, and Apply here.
  • $25 million for the Festival Relaunch package – to stabilise established commercial and not-for-profit festivals, big and small, so they can program with confidence into 2022/23. Refer to Guidelines here, and Apply here. Applications close 5pm AEDT Wednesday 17 November 2021.
  • $5 million Theatre and Film Strategy – for the development of a film studio and theatre infrastructure strategy that will help secure international productions.
  • $5 million for Culture Up Late – to extend the successful evening program across some of Sydney’s vibrant Cultural Institutions, providing more opportunities for audiences to experience museums and galleries and helping to reignite the city after dark.
  • $1 million for Film Festivals – to support the delivery of local and international Film Festivals across Sydney, Western Sydney and South Western Sydney in independent and commercial cinemas and outdoors where possible.

Event Saver Fund

The NSW Government has established an Event Saver Fund to provide immediate support to organisers if major festivals and/or events are cancelled or disrupted by any public health orders during the 2021-22 summer.

More information will be available shortly.

CBDs Revitalisation Program

The NSW Government is investing $50 million in the CBDs Revitalisation Program to encourage people back into CBDs and urban centres across Greater Sydney and surrounds. Funding will be open to councils, businesses and cultural institutions. Eligibility criteria will be published soon and applications will open soon. Priority will be given to co-ordinated and collaborative bids.

Small Business Fees & Charges Rebate

If you’re a small business, you may be able to apply for a rebate worth $2,000 to help you pay for eligible NSW and local government fees and charges due and paid from 1 March 2021. The rebate is available until 30 June 2022.

In addition, road user tolls for business vehicles will be added as an eligible fee for businesses to claim. More information will be available soon.

 

SME Summer Holiday Stock Guarantee

If you are a hospitality or retail business with an annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million, you may be eligible for a grant of up to $20,000 to compensate for loss of perishable stock, or to claim $10,000 for reduced capacity to sell non-perishable items, if you are forced to close your doors between 1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022, due to a public health order.

Businesses will be able to apply via the Service NSW website. More information will be made available shortly.

 

COVID-19 Mental Health at Work Resource Kit

The NSW Government has free coaching, training and resources available to support businesses manage and look after the wellbeing of their employees.
Sign up here, it’s FREE.

NSW Government’s Business Concierge Service 

This service is available Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm on 13 77 88 or book a call for later

NSW Government’s Business Connect Program 

If you’re a small or medium businesses affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions, you can seek free advice from this NSW Government business advisory service. Business Connect advisors offer advice tailored to your needs to help you achieve your business goals and tackle immediate and long-term challenges.
Sign up here.

RELIEF FOR INDIVIDUALS

Test and Isolate Support Payment

If you’re an eligible NSW worker who is unable to work while in self-isolation when waiting for a COVID-19 test result, you may be eligible for this $320 payment. Applications are now open for tests taken on or after 13 August 2021. You must apply online for the payment within 7 days of having the test.

 

Dine & Discover Vouchers

If you’re a NSW resident aged 18 and over, you can apply for 6 x $25 vouchers for:
(a) takeaway meals and dining in restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs; and
(b) entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues.

Vouchers are valid until Tuesday 30 June 2022. The program has been extended to allow more time to support local businesses.

Stay & Rediscover Vouchers

If you’re a NSW resident aged 18 and over, from March 2022 you can apply for 1 x $50 voucher to use towards the cost of accommodation bookings.

Vouchers are not currently available.

Energy Accounts Payment Assistance

If you’re having difficulty paying your household energy bill because of a short-term financial crisis or emergency, such as reduced income due to COVID-19, you could be eligible for $50 vouchers.