On Sunday, the NSW Government announced a $1bn business support package for struggling NSW small businesses.
Acknowledging the difficulty that business operators have faced, the NSW Treasurer Matt Kean has announced a package of measures to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19 over January and February 2022.
Releasing the package, the NSW Treasurer said “household balance sheets are strong at the moment, when we get out of this wave, we expect a snap back and the economy will bounce back better on the other side of this.”
Small Business Support Package
The NSW Small Business Support package provides eligible employing businesses with a lump sum payment of 20% of weekly payroll, up to a maximum of $5,000 per week for the month of February 2022. The minimum weekly payment for employers is $750 per week.
Eligible non-employing businesses will receive $500 per week (paid as a lump sum of $2,000).
To access the package, businesses must:
The support package only covers the month of February 2022. Applications for support are expected to open mid-February.
Fees and charges rebate increased and extended to RAT tests
The NSW small business fees and charges rebate has been increased from $2,000 to $3,000. In addition, the rebate has been extended to cover up to 50% of the cost of Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) purchased by the business to protect staff and clients. The rebate for RAT tests will be available “by March” and is unlikely to cover RAT tests purchased prior to the funding coming online to prevent additional pressures on the RAT test supply chain.
The rebate is not a cash payment but a digital credit that businesses can draw down on to offset the cost of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges.
Note that there is an existing $5,000 small business Alfresco Restart rebate available for small and medium food and beverage businesses wanting to create or expand their outdoor dining area. Applications for this rebate are open until the end of April 2022 (or when the allocation is exhausted).
The fees and charges rebate is available to sole traders, small business, and not-for profits that have:
Total Australian wages below the NSW Government 2020-21 payroll tax threshold ($1.2 million)
An Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in NSW and/or have business premises physically located and operating in NSW.
Already registered businesses will receive an automatic top up of $1,000 and newly registering businesses will receive a rebate of $3,000. Only one rebate is available for each ABN.
Commercial landlord relief extended
The protections under the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2021 for small retail and commercial tenants will be extended for an additional two months, until 13 March 2022. This regulation prohibits certain actions by landlords (such as lock out or eviction) unless they have first renegotiated rent with eligible tenants and attempted mediation.
The grant provides up to $3,000 per month (GST inclusive), per property, for eligible landlords who have provided rental waivers to affected tenants.
Rent waived must comprise at least half of any rental reduction provided. The remaining portion may be a rental deferral. The grant does not apply to rent deferrals.
Grants are paid as a lump sum amount for the rent waived.
NSW Performing Arts Package extended
The existing NSW Performing Arts COVID Support Package has been extended until April 2022.
To be eligible for funding, you must be one of the following:
Our team are available to assist you with the support measures.
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