Grants and business support

Financial support is available for eligible businesses affected by lockdowns and public health orders

COVID-19 Disaster Payment 

If a state public health order for COVID-19 adversely affects you, Services Australia provides a support payment. This weekly payment helps if you can’t earn an income because of a COVID-19 lockdown, hotspot or period of restricted movement.

To be eligible:

  • you can’t attend work and have lost income because of COVID-19 restrictions
  • you can’t access appropriate paid leave entitlements from your employer
  • you’re not receiving an income support payment, a state or territory pandemic payment, Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment or state small business payment for the same period.

The payment is:

  • $600 each week if a person has lost 20 hours or more of work a week, or 
  • $375 each week if a person has lost between 8 and 20 hours of work.

Find out more and apply


Business support payment

Businesses that successfully applied for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two (from the May/June 2021 lockdown) will automatically receive a top-up payment of $4800.

Businesses that successfully applied for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 (from the May/June 2021 lockdown) will automatically receive a top-up payment of $7200.

Businesses that didn’t previously apply or have become eligible to apply for the Business Cost Assistance Program or the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021, can apply for July lockdown support payments.

Micro businesses that aren’t eligible for state government business support payments because they’re not registered for GST can apply to Services Australia for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment. The Victorian Government will establish a concierge service to help these businesses access this support.

There is also additional financial support for Alpine businessespublic event organisers and suppliers and live performers and their suppliers.

Find out more

Mediation for commercial tenants and landlords

The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) is providing free and impartial mediation to help resolve commercial rent relief disputes in response to the pandemic.

Since the Victorian Government’s Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme ended, commercial tenants are no longer legally entitled to rent relief. The VBSC can help you address rent relief agreements.

Find out more

New South Wales

2021 COVID-19 Business Grant

Eligible businesses (including non-employing businesses such as non-employing sole traders) and not-for-profits can apply for a one-off grant if the restrictions affect their turnover. The grants are assessed based on the impact on turnover:

  • $15,000 for a decline in turnover of 70 per cent or more 
  • $10,500 for a decline in turnover of between 50 and 69 per cent
  • $7500 for a decline in turnover of between 30 and 49 per cent.

The turnover period is calculated over at least two weeks from 26 June 2021 to 17 July 2021 and compared to the same period in June and/or July 2019.

An accountant’s letter may also be required as part of your application. The NSW Government has provided this accountant’s letter template.

Apply for the Service NSW 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant 


Under the JobSaver scheme, eligible entities will receive 40 per cent of their pre-lockdown weekly payroll from $1500 to $10,000, paid fortnightly. For non-employing businesses, such as sole traders, the payment will be $1000 each week.

Entities will be eligible if:

  • their turnover is 30 per cent lower than an equivalent two-week period in 2019
  • their annual turnover is between $75,000 and $50 million
  • they maintain their full-time, part-time and long-term casual staffing level as of 13 July 2021

Applications will open 26 July, and further details will be be announced soon.

Grants for micro business

Businesses with a turnover of between $30,000 and $75,000 which experience a decline in turnover of 30 per cent will be eligible for a $1500 payment each fortnight during the restrictions.

We expect further details to be announced soon. 


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