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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance

Please note that while we update our lists of available grants regularly, this is not a comprehensive list and closing dates and details should be verified using the links provided as they are subject to change by the providers without notice.

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Support for Individuals

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment Grant Run By: Services Australia Further Information: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/pandemic-leave-disaster-payment

Provides a lump sum financial assistance to limit the financial hardship for eligible individuals who are unable to earn an income having been informed by a health official in the state they live and/or work to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.

Claimants are required to complete an application by telephone or by submitting a completed claim form by fax to Services Australia. The easiest way to claim is over the phone.

A claim will be assessed by Services Australia against the eligibility criteria before making payment and claimants will be notified by letter if their claim has been granted or rejected.

Where requested, a claimant may also need to provide evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria for the payment.

Services Australia makes every effort to process claims as quickly as possible. Depending on individual circumstances, payments can be released in real time to the claimant’s Australian bank account.

Last Updated: 5th of November 2020
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A Hold on Evictions for Renters Program Run By: Australian and NSW Governments Further Information: https://www.business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/a-hold-on-evictions-for-renters

Evictions have been put on hold for commercial and residential tenancies in financial distress, who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of the coronavirus. Commercial tenants, landlords and financial institutions are encouraged to talk about short term agreements.

 

The Government has also announced a mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the coronavirus.
 

Detailed information for renters in NSW: https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/publications/coronavirus-covid-19/property/moratorium

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Lower-Income Support Payment Grant Value: Run By: Services Australia Further Information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households

The Australian Government has provided two separate $750 payments to social security, veteran and other income support recipients and eligible concession card holders. The first payment was made from 31 March 2020 and the second payment was made from 13 July 2020.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Income Support Supplement for Individuals Grant Closes: Ongoing Until 31st of December 2020 Run By: Services Australia Further Information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households

The Australian Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited fortnightly Coronavirus supplement. This will be paid to both existing and new recipients of JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance Jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefits.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Additional Child Care Subsidy Grant Run By: Services Australia Further Information: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/additional-child-care-subsidy/how-apply/applying-during-temporary-financial-hardship

If you’re eligible for Child Care Subsidy you may be able to get extra help with the cost of approved child care under the temporary financial hardship subsidy.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Support for Businesses

JobKeeper Payment for Employers and Employees Grant Value: Up to $1,500 per employee Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://www.ato.gov.au/general/jobkeeper-payment/

Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. This assistance will help businesses to keep people in their jobs and re-start when the crisis is over. For employees, this means they can keep their job and earn an income – even if their hours have been cut.

There has been changes to the JobKeeper program (known as JobKeeper Extension) as of the 28th of September, including changes to the amount per fortnight, reassessment of eligibility for the extension period and potential eligibility through to the 28th of March 2021.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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JobKeeper Payment for Sole Traders Grant Value: Up to $1,500 per employee Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://www.ato.gov.au/general/jobkeeper-payment/sole-traders/

Sole traders may be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment if their turnover has reduced. Following registration by the eligible business, the Government will provide a fortnightly subsidy per eligible employee This will support sole traders to maintain their income and connection with employees. 

There has been changes to the JobKeeper program (known as JobKeeper Extension) as of the 28th of September, including changes to the amount per fortnight, reasessment of eligibility for the extension period and potential eligibility through to the 28th of March 2021.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Increased Asset Write-Off Threshold Grant Further Information: https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/increasing-the-instant-asset-write-off

The higher Instant Asset Write-Off (IAWO) threshold provides cash flow benefits for businesses that will be able to immediately deduct purchases of eligible assets each costing less than $150,000. The threshold applies on a per asset basis, so eligible businesses can immediately write‑off multiple assets.

The criteria have changed over time so make sure you check whether your business is eligible.

From 1 July 2020 the instant asset write-off will only be available for small businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million and the threshold will be $1,000.

Businesses with a turnover of $500 million or more are not eligible to use instant asset write-off.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Boosting Cash Flow for Employers Grant Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/boosting-cash-flow-for-employers

Provides up to $100,000 back to small and medium-sized businesses, with a minimum payment of $20,000 for eligible businesses. The payments will provide cash flow support to businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million and not-for-profit entities that employ staff.  The payment will be tax free.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Backing Business Investment (BBI) Grant Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/backing-business-investment-bbi

A time limited 15 month investment incentive to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by accelerating depreciation deductions. This applies to eligible assets acquired from 12 March 2020 and first used or installed by 30 June 2021. Businesses with a turnover of less than $500 million will be able to deduct 50 per cent of the cost of an eligible asset on installation, with existing depreciation rules applying to the balance of the asset cost.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Support for Communities

Relief for Council Not-for-Profit Lesees - Armidale Regional Council Grant Run By: Armidale Regional Council Further Information: https://www.armidaleregional.nsw.gov.au/news/news-2020/relief-for-ratepayers-and-not-for-profit-lessees-available-now-from-council

Armidale Regional Council is offering immediate relief to to not-for-profit organisations renting property from Council.

Last Updated: 11th of February 2021
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COVID19 - Aged Care Support Program Grant Closes: 31st of May 2021 - 2:00 pm Run By: Australian Government Department of Health Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=068A9519-03B3-6B9E-7B61-126A5ABA12C1

The COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program will reimburse eligible aged care providers for eligible expenditure incurred on managing direct impacts of COVID-19. The Program will run over 2 years from 2019-20 to 2020-21. The Program will assist Residential Aged Care, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program and Home Care Package providers that are subject to direct COVID-19 impacts, to deliver continuity of safe quality care.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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