Date posted: 16/09/2021

Summary of SA COVID-19 business support

Support measures introduced to help SA businesses impacted by the July 2021 COVID-19 lockdown and ongoing COVID-19 restrictions

Outlined below is a summary of government support to help South Australian businesses impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown  in July 2021 and ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. Chartered Accountants can help businesses break down the information for their clients and stakeholders.

We encourage you to regularly check the SA Department of Treasury and Finance website for the latest details on COVID-19 business support.

Measure Summary Resources
COVID-19 Disaster Payment 

Eligible SA workers who were unable to work due to South Australia's 21 July to 27 July 2021 COVID-19 public health order can apply for the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 Disaster payment of:

  • $600 if you lost 20 or more hours of work that week; 
  • $375 if you lost between 8 and 20 hours of work that week.

There is no liquid assets test to receive these payments.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is non assessable income and non exempt income for tax purposes. This applies to assessments for the 2020-21 income year onwards. 

Prime Minister’s announcement 20 July 2021

Apply at Services Australia

COVID-19 Business Support Grant - July 2021

Eligible SA small and medium businesses impacted by the latest COVID-19 restrictions can access a one-off $3000 emergency cash grant and a one-off $1,000 emergency cash grant to help cover operating costs such as rent, power bills and suppliers.

To be eligible for the $3,000 grant, a business must as at 12:01am Tuesday 20 July 2021:

  1. be located within SA and employ people in SA
  2. have a valid and active ABN and be registered for GST
  3. have annual turnover of $75,000 or more in 2020-21 or 2019-20
  4. have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in 2019-20
  5. have experienced at least a 30% turnover reduction in the week of Tuesday 20 July 2021 - Monday 26 July 2021 inclusive (compared to the week prior) due to the restricted trading conditions.

To be eligible for the $1,000 grant, a non-employing business must meet the criteria above excluding the employment requirement.

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

Applications can be made through the Department of Treasury and Finance portal. 

Guidelines and FAQs are also available to help you complete your application.

Applications opened: 29 July 2021
Applications close: 11.59 pm on 30 September 2021

SA Treasurer announcement 21 July 2021

Apply at Department of Treasury and Finance

Guidelines

Frequently asked questions

SA Treasury information

 
COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant 

Jointly funded Commonwealth and SA Government cash grants for businesses ($3,000 for employing and $1,000 for non-employing e.g. sole traders) in industry sectors that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

A further grant of $1,000 is available for eligible employing and non-employing businesses with a commercial premise in the Adelaide CBD (postcode 5000). 

To be eligible for the $3,000 grant, a business must at 12.01am Wednesday 28 July 2021:

  • be located within SA and employ people in SA
  • have a valid and active ABN and be registered for GST
  • have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in 2019-20
  • operate in an eligible industry sector identified in the list of eligible ANZSIC classes
  • have experienced at least a 30% reduction in turnover due to the restricted trading conditions over the two weeks from 28 July 2021 (the commencement date of the trading restriction) to 10 August 2021 compared to average fortnightly turnover in the June quarter 2021 (prior to restrictions).
To be eligible for the $1,000 grant, a non-employing business must meet the criteria above excluding the employment requirement.

Applications open: 13 August 2021

Applications close: midnight on 17 October 2021

SA Premier announcement 9 August 2021

SA Treasury information

Eligibility guidelines

Frequently asked questions

Apply at Department of Treasury and Finance
Major Events Support Grant 

A jointly funded Commonwealth and SA Government grant of up to $25,000 for the operators of major one-off events impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown in July or subsequent trading restrictions. 

To be eligible for the grant a business must:

  • have a valid and active ABN and be registered for GST
  • have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in 2019-20
  • employ people in SA
  • be the organiser/operator of an event that:
    • commenced on or prior to 20 July 2021, and was required to be cancelled/postponed as a result of the SA lockdown and further restrictions; or
    • was scheduled to be held over period of the lockdown or restrictions from 20 July 2021 to 10 August 2021 and has been cancelled/postponed as a result of the restrictions.
  • the event was a one-off event with an approved COVID Management Plan or COVID Safe Plan catering for  over 1,000 combined capacity in one or across multiple locations.
    • entities with an on-going COVID-19 Management/Safe Plan for regularly scheduled events are not eligible.
  • have incurred a non-recoverable financial loss as a result of the cancellation or postponement of the event.

To receive the full $25,000 grant, organisers must have experienced a non-recoverable loss greater than $25,000. Businesses that have received the COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021 and/or the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant will have these amounts deducted from the Major Events Support Grant.

13 September update: The grant has been increased up to $100,000 for large cancelled or postponed events where the attendees at the event were expected to be greater than 10,000. For eligible events that have already applied for the $25,000 grant, they will receive a top up of up to a further $75,000.

Applications are now open.
Applications close: 11.59pm 17 October 2021

SA Treasurer announcement 13 September 2021

SA Premier announcement 9 August 2021

Guidelines

SA Treasury information

 
 
COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant 

A jointly funded Commonwealth and SA grant payment (based on turnover) for businesses in eligible tourism and hospitality sectors (and other sectors such as performing arts, creative artists, taxis and car rental).

Businesses that have received the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant will automatically be paid top-grants:

  • $3,000 for employing businesses
  • $1,000 for non-employing businesses.

An additional grant is available for larger businesses if they have experienced a 30% decline in turnover in a two-week period from 28 July to 10 August compared to the average fortnightly turnover in the June quarter 2021.

For employing businesses:

  • With turnover of greater than $2 million - a grant of $7,000
  • With turnover of greater than $5 million – a grant of $17,000. 

Eligibility Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions will be available soon.

Applications for the additional grant open: 17 September 2021 (through a Department of Treasury and Finance application portal)

Applications close: 31 October 2021 

SA Treasurer announcement 13 September 2021

SA Treasury information
COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant 

A jointly funded Commonwealth and SA grant for businesses that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions but not have been eligible for previous small business grants provided since July’s 7-day lockdown. 

For employing businesses with annual payrolls below $10 million a grant of $6,000 is available.

For non-employing businesses that haven’t been eligible for previous business grant support since July 2021, a grant of $2,000 is available. 

To be eligible for the grant, a business:

  • must select a two-week period between 20 July (beginning of lockdown) and 31 August 2021 where they experienced a 50% reduction in turnover when compared to a relevant two-week benchmark period in 2019 (or 2021)
  • must not have received the SA COVID-19 Business Support Grant or COVID-19 Additional Support Grant following the 20 July 2021 lockdown.
  • be located/operating within South Australia at the start of the impacted period on 20 July 2021
  • have a valid and active ABN (Australian Business Number) and be registered for GST at 20 July 2021
  • have an Australia-wide grouped payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 financial year.

Eligibility Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions will be available soon.

Applications will open shortly through a Department of Treasury and Finance application portal.

Applications close: 31 October 2021 

SA Treasurer announcement 13 September 2021

SA Treasury information

Income support for regional SA Workers (COVID-19 Disaster Payment)

The SA Government will provide fully-funded income support payments of up to $600 pw for eligible workers in regional SA, who live or work outside of the Commonwealth-declared ‘hotspot’ local government areas of Adelaide metro, Hills and Gawler areas (and are therefore not entitled to the Commonwealth Government’s $375 or $600 p.w. COVID-19 Disaster Payments).

The payments will be made in arrears for the lockdown.

Applications for income support payments for regional SA works can be made from 28 July.

The SA Government is also seeking to confirm with the Commonwealth Government that the vast majority of microbusinesses not registered for GST will be eligible for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment can be applied for at Services Australia.

SA Treasurer announcement 21 July

Apply at Services Australia

Last updated: 14 September 2021

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