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State Government Measures

The State Governments have announced measures to support businesses and not for profit organisations.

ACT

  • Payroll Tax
    • Businesses affected by the “prohibited activities list” will be eligible to receive a six-month waiver of payroll tax from April to September 2020.
    • Defer 2020-21 payroll tax, interest free until 1 July 2022 for eligible businesses.
  • Other
    • Developing a $7million Community Support Package to help meet the increased demand for emergency relief; other grants are being made available to Arts organisations, Lifeline and Social Housing Tenants.
    • Eligible non-licenced sporting and community clubs to receive a one-off rebate of $750, applied as a credit to electricity accounts for the first half of the 2020-21 financial year.
    • Commercial rate payers will receive an automatic rates rebate of $2,622 applied against any outstanding charges and rolled over to future rates charges. Delaying assessments for General Rates, Land Tax and Land Rent by up to three weeks for the first three quarters of 2020-21. Payment due dates will be one month after the date of issue.
    • Land tax credit available to eligible landlords of residential properties up to $1,300 per quarter for 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2021.
    • Utilities concession assistance available to eligible asylum seekers for 2020-21.

Access Canberra (Fair Trading)

  • Extension for holding AGMs until 30 October 2020.
  • Amendments to the Associations Incorporations Act 1991 to allow for virtual general meetings.

WorkSafe ACT

  • Any additional “top-up” amounts paid to employees as a result of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme, are not considered to be wages of the employer for the purposes of calculating the workers compensation insurance premium.

Links for further information:

COVID-19 Assistance

Supporting local businesses and the economy

Land Tax Credit Application

Incorporated Associations 

Private Sector Workers Compensation Scheme Jobseeker

NSW

  • Payroll Tax
    • Deferral of payments on the 2020/21 annual payroll tax return and interest-free repayment plans available.
    • Reduction of 25% for businesses with payroll of up to $10 million who experienced 30% or more decline in revenue.
    • Tax-free threshold increase from $900,000 to $1million
  • Other
    • Other grants are being made available to Arts organisations, Lifeline and Social Housing Tenants.
    • Electricity and gas network relief package for eligible organisations
    • Amendments to the Long Services Leave Act 1955 to allow employees to take leave in shorter blocks without the one-month notice period, by agreement with their employer.
    • Eligible sporting clubs and associations in NSW can apply for a one-off grant of up to $1,000.
    • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment of $1,500 for eligible individuals who live in NSW for each 14 day period they are required to self-isolate, quarantine or care for a person who has COVID-19.
    • COVID-19 micro business grant of $1,500 per fortnight for eligible businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 that have experienced a decline in revenue of 30% or more. Applications open late July.
    • Fees and charges rebates of $1,500 for eligible not for profits, available until 30 June 2022.
    • JobSaver fortnightly payments of $1,000 per week for non-employing businesses and up to $10,000 per week for employing businesses with a turnover between $75,000 and $50 million that have experienced a decline in revenue of 30% or more. Applications open late July.

NSW Fair Trading

  • Extensions for holding AGMs and submission of financial reports for incorporated associations and co-operatives applied automatically.
  • Residential tenancy support package, including protecting eligible COVID-impacted residential tenants from eviction where they cannot meet their rent payments, and financial support of up to $1,500 for eligible landlords.

State Insurance Regulatory Authority

  • Any additional “top-up” amounts paid to employees as a result of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme, will not be considered as remuneration for the purposes of calculating the workers compensation insurance premium.

2021 COVID-19 Business Grant

  • Three different grant amounts available for not-for-profits, businesses and sole traders in NSW impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have an ABN and were operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021;
  • Have had total annual Australian wages of $10 million or less at 1 July 2020;
  • Had an aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million 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 for the period for which the business is receiving payments under this Grant and the JobSaver scheme.

Three different grant amounts will be available, depending on the decline in turnover over a minimum 2 week period from 26 June 2021 to 17 July 2021 compared to the same period in June and/or July 2019:

$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 the organisation is on the Victorian border “Southern Border business” and impacted by the NSW stay at home orders that commenced on 27 May 2021, you may use a different comparison period to demonstrate a decline in turnover. For each of the three grant amounts, the period of comparison is 27 May 2021 to 26 July 2021 compared to the same period in May and/or June and/or July 2019.


Links for further information:

Covid-19 help for businesses

flexible long service leave changes to help employees and businesses

Community Sports recovery package

Pandemic leave disaster payment

Apply for the small business fees and charges rebate

JobSaver

Running an association – meetings

Residential support package

Covid-19 and Jobkeeper payments

Apply for 2021 Covid-19 business grant

NT

  • Payroll Tax
    • The payroll tax exemption for hiring Territory employees has been extended to June 2021.
  • Other
    • Offering grants of up to $100,000 to not for profit and community organisations to engage local businesses to do repairs, renovations and upgrades to their property and facilities.
    • Screen Industry Support and Content Development Program (CISIRRP) delivering $1 million. Round 3 applications close 22 February 2021.

NT WorkSafe

Any additional “top-up” amounts paid to employees as a result of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme, should not be considered as remuneration for the purposes of calculating the workers compensation insurance. However your individual situation should be discussed with your specific insurer.


Links for further information:

Programs and initiatives

Funding and Support

Workers Compensation

QLD

  • Payroll Tax
    • Refund of payroll tax for 2 months, payroll tax holiday for 3 months and deferment of payroll tax payments for the 2020 calendar year.
    • JobKeeper payments are exempt from payroll tax.
  • Other
    • Local government support, including waiver or deferral of fees and charges

$500 rebate of energy bills for eligible SME.

  • Temporary shopfront with staff specialising in assisting small business will be established in Cairns by the ATO within the next few weeks.
  • Reduction in land tax liabilities by 25% for the 2020/21 assessment year and a 3 month deferral of land tax liabilities for the 2020-21 assessment year for eligible landowners.
  • Support for Indigenous Businesses impacted by COVID

The Office of Fair Trading

  • Deferring AGMs for incorporated associations for up to six months.
  • Deferring lodgement of financial statements for up to six months.

WorkCover Queensland

  • Any additional “top-up” amounts paid to employees as a result of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme, will not be considered as remuneration for the purposes of calculating the WorkCover premium.

Arts Queensland

Creative to Go Program grants of up to $20,000 for activities commencing between 3 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 in regional Queensland.

Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) providing one-off grants of up to $30,000 (sole-funding) and $60,000 (co-funding) for Queensland based organisations to create new works, activate arts and cultural initiatives and deliver social benefits across Queensland communities.

Additional 12 months’ funding at current levels until December 2021, for Queensland Arts Companies that are current recipients of the 2017-2020 Organisations Fund.

Waiving rental payments through to December 2020 for tenants based in Queensland Government Brisbane-based arts facilities Festival House and Judith Wright Arts Centre.


Links for further information:

COVID-19 Businesss Assistance Finder

Business and industry support

Land Tax

Payroll Tax Exemptions

Fair Trading COVID-19 Information

Business Support

Jobkeeper Payments and Wages Declaration 

Creative to Go Program

Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)

Arts Queensland Funding and Support

 

SA

  • Payroll Tax
    • 6 month waiver if annual payroll is less than $4million or on demonstration of significant cash flow impacts.
    • JobKeeper support payments are exempt from payroll tax.
  • Other
    • $250million Community and Jobs Support Fund
    • COVID-19 Arts Grants Support
    • Proposed initiatives aimed at helping landlords whose residential tenants’ income has been affected. This includes a short-term moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent as a result of COVID-19, preventing increases in rent and virtual routine inspections.
    • Initiatives available to support liquor licence holders while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
    • Small Business Grant Program: COVID-19 Assistance of $10,000 for entities which are a participant in the JobKeeper Payment scheme extension period.
    • Individuals receiving the JobSeeker payment can receive a once-off boost of $500 as part of the 2020/21 Cost of Living Concession.
    • Land tax reduction of 25% for eligible landlords and deferral of third and fourth quarterly instalments for up to six months for eligible landlords, businesses and individuals.
    • Rent relief of up to $1,000 for eligible residential tenants until 31 March 2021

Consumer and Business Services

  • Extension of six months for associations to lodge returns and hold AGMs
  • Subject to good governance practices, the Consumer and Business Services (SA) will not take action where a virtual AGM is held but does not comply with the Association’s rules that meetings are held in person.
  • Six month extension granted to Lottery / Bingo providers to provide relevant financial statements.
  • Charities have been granted a 6 month extension to provide statements in accordance with the Collections for Charitable Purposes Act.

ReturnToWorkSA

  • Any additional “top-up” amounts paid to employees as a result of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme, will not be considered as remuneration for the purposes of calculating the WorkCover premium.

COVID-19 Business Support Grant

  • Grants of $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses in SA impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions commencing 20 July 2021.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be located within South Australia
  • Have an annual turnover of $75,000 or more in 2020/21 or 2019/20
  • Be registered for GST
  • Have an ABN
  • Employ people in South Australia
  • Have had total annual Australian wages of $10 million or less in 2019/20
  • Have experienced at least 30% reduction in turnover in the week from 20 July 2021 to 26 July 2021 compared to the week prior.

To be eligible for the $1,000 grant, non-employing businesses must meet the above eligibility criteria, excluding the requirement to employ people.

Non-employing businesses are not eligible to apply if persons associated with the business, and who derive income from it, have applied for or are receiving the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.


Links for further information:

Economic response package

COVID-19 Arts Grants Support

Small Business Grant

Rental Advice due to COVID-19

Information for Associations

Information for the Hospitality Sector

Growing South Australia

Cost of Living Concessions

Land Tax

Payroll Tax Relief

COVID-19 in the Workplace

Residential Relief Grant Scheme

Covid-19 Business Support Grant

TAS

  • Payroll Tax
    • Can apply to waive payroll tax for the three months to June 2020 if annual payroll is less than $5 million.
    • Payroll tax is waived for JobKeeper Wages in Tasmania.
  • Other
    • Emergency relief payments of $250 for individuals and $1,000 for families who are required to self-isolate, available to casual workers and those on low incomes.
    • One-off Small Business Advice Recovery Program Grants of $750
    • Waived water and electricity bills for some small businesses. Capped electricity prices and frozen water prices until FY21.
    • Funding to support the Creative and Cultural Industries
    • Small Business Emergency Support Grant
    • Land tax waived for commercial property for the 2020-21 financial year for eligible business owners.
    • Grants of up to $10,000 to assist eligible general heath practices and community pharmacies through the Primary Healthcare Grant Program.
    • Arts Recovery Support Initiative of $10,000 for eligible artists, art organisations and art businesses.
    • Free business advice and digital coaching available

WorkSafe Tasmania

  • Any additional “top-up” amounts paid to employees as a result of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme, will not be considered as remuneration for the purposes of calculating the workers compensation insurance premium.

Links for further information:

COVID-19 Business Support, Grants and Loans

Payroll Tax Waiver

Business Support Packages

Workers Compensation and Jobkeeper

VIC

  • Payroll Tax
    • Deferment of payment of payroll tax, where payroll is less than $10million, for the first half of the 2020/21 financial year.
    • Any additional payments made to bridge the gap between an employee’s wage and the minimum JobKeeper payment are exempt from payroll tax.
  • Other
    • One-off $10,000 grant for eligible small businesses
    • Business Support Fund – Expansion program providing up to $10,000 for eligible employers in metropolitan Melbourne, Mitchell Shire and regional Victoria.
    • Discount of 25% and deferral of land tax up to 31 March 2021 for eligible commercial and residential landlords.
    • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment of $1,500 for eligible Victorians for each 14 day period they are required to self-isolate, quarantine or care for a person who has COVID-19..
    • $450 COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment for eligible Victorian workers whilst they self-isolate to wait for results of a COVID-19 test.
    • Small Business Digital Adaption program providing purchase rebate of $1,200 until 28 February 2021, or until funds are exhausted.

Consumer Affairs Victoria

  • Extension may be requested if there is difficulty in engaging an independent accountant or auditor to review financial statements
  • Extension of three months for an association to hold an AGM with the application fee waived. The extension must be applied for.
  • Reduced reporting requirements for charities in Victoria

WorkSafe Victoria

  • Any additional “top-up” amounts paid to employees as a result of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme, will not be considered as remuneration for the purposes of calculating the workers compensation insurance premium.

Links for further information:

Coronavirus business support

Economic Survival Package fact sheet

FAQs

Payroll Tax Relief

Business Support Package

Consumer Advice COVID-19

Information for Employers – JobKeeper

Employee Isolation Payment

Assistance for Organisations

Payroll Tax Relief for Businesses

Charities

WA

  • Payroll Tax
    • Threshold increased to $1million from 1 July 2020
    • Waiver of payroll tax for 4 months for employers with payroll less than $7.5million
    • Remission of penalty tax for late payment of payroll tax liabilities if impacted by COVID-19.
    • Arrangements to pay payroll tax by instalments or extend the time for making a payment that are approved from 23 March 2020 will be interest free.
    • JobKeeper Payments exempt from payroll tax until 28 March 2021.
  • Other
    • One-off grants of $17,500 for employers with payroll between $1million and $4million
    • Reduction of electricity bills and licence fees waived
    • Waived rental payments for small businesses and not-for-profits in Government-owned buildings for 6 months.
    • Immediate grants available through LotteryWest
    • Grants equivalent to 25% of commercial landlords land tax for 2019-20 for eligible landlords.
    • Fee waivers for incorporated associations and clubs on applications made to Consumer Protection from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

  • Extensions for an association to hold its AGM can be applied for, with the application fee waived. The extension must be applied for.

WorkCover WA

Any additional “top-up” amounts paid to employees as a result of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme, will not be considered as remuneration for the purposes of calculating the workers compensation insurance premium.


Links for further information:

COVID-19 coronavirus: Business and industry advice

COVID-19 State Revenue Measures

Association Information

Jobkeeper and Wage Declarations


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