The following information is a summary of the current financial support measured offered by both the NSW and Federal Government. 
Every business is different, and employee arrangements vary, so speak with your accountant to determine the most relevant support package for your individual circumstances. 

We will continue to update this page with the latest information, as it is released from government. 

What support is available?

NSW business grants program extended 

The business grants program announced earlier this month has been extended. This means eligible businesses with Australian wages below $10 million can claim grants between $7,500 and $15,000 to cover the first three-weeks of restrictions. The grant can be used for business expenses such as rent, utilities and wages, for which no other government support is available.

Three different grant amounts will be available depending on the decline in turnover experienced during the restrictions:

  • $7,500 for a decline of 30% or more
  • $10,500 for a decline of 50% or more
  • $15,000 for a decline of 70% or more.

Where do I apply for the COVID-19 business grant?

To be eligible for the grant, you must:

  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • demonstrate your business was operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021
  • have had total annual Australian wages of $10 million or less as at 1 July 2020
  • have had an aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2020
  • have business costs for which there is no other government support available
  • maintain your employee headcount as at 13 July 2021. See the guidelines for definitions.

To apply visit the Service NSW website.


JobSaver employee retention scheme 

If you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you’ve been impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for the 2021 COVID-19 JobSaver payment.

JobSaver will provide cash flow support to impacted businesses to help maintain their NSW employee headcount on 13 July 2021.

Eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations with employees will receive fortnightly payments backdated to cover costs incurred from week 4 of the Greater Sydney lockdown (from 18 July 2021 onwards).

The payment will be equivalent to 40% of the weekly payroll for work performed in NSW:

  • minimum payment will be $1,500 per week
  • maximum payment will be $10,000 per week.

Weekly payroll should generally be determined by referring to the most recent Business Activity Statement (BAS) provided to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) before 26 June 2021 for the 2020-21 financial year.

If you’re a non-employing business, such as a sole trader, you may be eligible to receive a payment of $1,000 per week.

Where can I apply for the JobSaver Employee Retention Scheme?

To be eligible for JobSaver you must:

  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • demonstrate your business was operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021
  • have had a national aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2020
  • have experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more due to the Public Health Order over a minimum 2-week period within the Greater Sydney lockdown (commenced 26 June) compared to the same period in 2019
  • for employing businesses, maintain your employee headcount on 13 July 2021 while you continue to receive JobSaver payments
  • for non-employing businesses, such as sole traders, show that the business is the primary income source for the associated person. If you have more than one non-employing business, you can only claim payments for one business.

To apply please visit Service NSW


Micro Business Grants 

If you’re a micro-business (small business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation with aggregated annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000) impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible to apply for a fortnightly payment of $1,500 to cover business expenses for the duration of the Greater Sydney lockdown.

Where can I apply for the Micro Business Grant?

To be eligible for the grant, you must:

To be eligible for the grant, you must:

  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in, or demonstrate your business was primarily operating in, NSW as at 1 June 2021
  • have had aggregated annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 for the year ended 30 June 2020
  • have experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more due to the public health orders over a minimum 2-week period within the Greater Sydney lockdown (commenced 26 June 2021  and due to end 30 July 2021), compared to the same period in 2019
  • have business costs for which no other government support is available
  • have not applied for either the 2021 COVID-19 business grant or the JobSaver payment
  • maintain your employee headcount as at 13 July 2021 while receiving payments from this grant, if you’re an employing business
  • have this business as your primary income source, if you’re a non-employing business such as a sole trader.

To apply please visit Service NSW


COVID-19 disaster payment for individuals and households 

The payment for  stood down workers will increase from $600 to $750 per week for those who have lost more than 20 hours. Workers who have lost between 8 and 20 hours, will be eligible for $450 a week. The means test for this payment has also been taken away. 

To apply visit the Services Australia website.

Payroll tax waivers 

Payroll tax waivers of 25 per cent will be introduced for businesses with Australian wages bills of between $1.2 million and $10 million that have experienced a 30 per cent decline in turnover, as well as payroll tax deferrals and interest free repayment plans.

Land tax relief 

Land tax relief has also be introduced, equal to the value of rent reductions provided by commercial, retail and residential landlords, up to 100 per cent of the 2021 land tax year liability.

Mediation requirements for landlords 

Landlords are required to participate in mediation before taking actions to evict or lock out tenants. Small business tenants or landlords requiring mediation over their retail or commercial lease can contact the NSW Small Business Commission. Read about the Commission’s mediation service.

Performing arts and accommodation sectors 

A $75 million support package for the performing arts sector will be administered by Create NSW, to help arts businesses forced to cancel live events due to restrictions. Applications will open on the Create NSW website from 23 July. 

Accommodation sector 

A $26 million support package will be available for the accommodation sector. Details of the package will be released soon.