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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

A Hold on Evictions for Renters Program Run By: Australian and NSW Governments Further Information: https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/publications/coronavirus-covid-19/property/moratorium

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.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Energy Accounts Payment Assistance Grant Value: Up to $50 Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/energy-accounts-payment-assistance-eapa-scheme

If you're having difficulty paying your household energy bill because of a short-term financial crisis or emergency, such as unexpected medical bills, or reduced income due to COVID-19, you could be eligible for Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) $50 vouchers.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Temporarily Reducing Superannuation Minimum Drawdown Rates Grant Run By: Australian Government Treasury Further Information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households/retirees

The Australian Government is temporarily reducing superannuation minimum drawdown requirements for account-based pensions and similar products by 50 per cent for 2019-20 and 2020-21. This measure will benefit retirees holding these products by reducing the need to sell investment assets to fund minimum drawdown requirements.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Reducing Social Security Deeming Rates Grant Run By: Australian Government Treasury Further Information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households/retirees

The Government is reducing both the upper and lower social security deeming rates by a further 0.25 percentage points in addition to the 0.5 percentage point reduction to both rates announced on 12 March 2020.

The change reflects the low interest rate environment, reducing the income deemed to have been earned from interest on investments and savings allowing for an increase in social security payments.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Tax Deduction for Working From Home Grant Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Deductions-you-can-claim/Home-office-expenses/

If you’re an employee who works from home, you may be able to claim a deduction for expenses relating to that work to cover:

  • Running Expenses
  • Occupancy Expenses
  • Phone and Internet Expenses

Please note that this information is general in nature only, and may not apply to your individual situation.

This 'shortcut method' is available for the 1st of March 2020 to 30 June 2021 only.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Support for Businesses

Support for the Creative Arts Sector Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Calculated based on ticket price, number of tickets and a specified percentage Run By: Create NSW Further Information: https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/nsw-performing-arts-covid-support-package/

The aim of this package is to provide urgent financial support to performing arts venues, producers and promoters impacted by the cancellation or postponement of performances resulting from the NSW Government COVID-19 Public Health Orders from 26 June 2021.

The package is also designed to provide certainty to performing arts venues, producers and promoters of what assistance will be available if further COVID-19 Public Health Orders result in further cancellation of performances or restrictions in audience numbers.

Last Updated: 28th of July 2021
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ATO Support Program Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://www.ato.gov.au/General/COVID-19/Additional-support-during-COVID-19/

The ATO are also offering tailored support for your needs and circumstances on a case-by-case basis. They do not apply these additional relief options automatically, so you need to contact the ATO. Assistance includes:

  • Payment deferrals
  • Changing your GST reporting cycle
  • Vary pay as you go instalments
  • Remitting interest and penalties
  • Low interest payment plans
Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Business Connect Program Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.business.nsw.gov.au/support-for-business/businessconnect

Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business and are running a series of specialised free webinars to provide additional support.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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COVID-19 Business Support – 2021 Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: $7,500 to $15,000 Dependent on decline in revenue Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/2021-covid-19-business-grant

If you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you've been impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for a one-off grant of $7,500, $10,500 or $15,000.

The 2021 COVID-19 business grant provides cash flow support for businesses that experienced reduced demand or had to close due to the public health orders. Eligible applicants across NSW can use the grant for business costs incurred from 1 June 2021, including:

  • utilities, wages and rent
  • financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning
  • marketing and communications activities to develop the business
  • the cost of perishable goods that can no longer be used
  • other activities to support the operation of the business.

Three different grant amounts will be available depending on the decline in turnover experienced over a minimum 2-week period from 26 June 2021 to 26 July 2021, compared to the same period in 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.

To be eligible for the grant, you must:

  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • demonstrate your business was operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021
  • have had total annual Australian wages of $10 million or less as at 1 July 2020
  • have had an aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million (inclusive) 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. See the guidelines for definitions.
Last Updated: 19th of July 2021
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Job Saver Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: $1,000 to $10,000 per week Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/jobsaver-payment

Job Saver is a support program funded jointly by the NSW and Commonwealth governments to maintain employment of staff for small and medium businesses impacted by the current health restrictions.

It will provide fortnightly payments to help maintain employee headcount (as at 13 July) and provide cashflow support to businesses.

Employing businesses can receive 40% of weekly payroll, with a minimum payment of $1,500 per week and a maximum payment of $10,000 per week. Non-employing business can receive $1,000 per week.

To be eligible, busineses need to have a revenue decline of 30% or more and a turnover between $75,000 and $50 million.

This program is expected to open in late July.

Last Updated: 19th of July 2021
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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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Past Assistance and Programs

Past Assistance For Individuals

HomeBuilder ClosedGrant Closed: 31st of March 2021 (Extended) Value: Up to $25,000 Run By: Australian Government Treasury Further Information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/homebuilder

HomeBuilder provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home. HomeBuilder will assist the residential construction market by encouraging the commencement of new home builds and renovations.

Last Updated: 30th of November 2020
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Lower-Income Support Payment ClosedGrant 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 ClosedGrant Closes: Ongoing 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 ClosedGrant 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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Temporary Early Release of Superannuation ClosedGrant Value: Up to $20,000 Run By: Australian Government Further Information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households

The Government is allowing individuals affected by the Coronavirus to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in 2019-20 and a further $10,000 in 2020-21. Individuals will not need to pay tax on amounts released and the money they withdraw will not affect Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs payments.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Past Assistance for Businesses

Providing Temporary Relief for Financially Distressed Businesses ClosedProgram Run By: Australian Government Further Information: https://business.gov.au/Risk-management/Emergency-management/Coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/Temporary-relief-for-financially-distressed-businesses

The Australian Government is temporarily increasing the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a company and the time companies have to respond to statutory demands they receive. The package also includes temporary relief for directors from any personal liability for trading while insolvent.  The Corporations Act 2001 will be amended to provide temporary and targeted relief for companies to deal with unforeseen events that arise as a result of the Coronavirus.

Last Updated: 30th of June 2021
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COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program - Round 2 ClosedGrant Closed: 13th of June 2021 Value: $7,500 to $100,000 Run By: Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=8e1eefa2-9300-4cf1-97a4-caa45a0e8f0d

Round Two of the Program will provide a payment to assist travel agents and inbound tour operators and tour wholesalers (tour arrangement service providers, consistent with ANZSIC code 7220) (Eligible Businesses) who have been disproportionately impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses must meet all eligibility requirements and have received payment under Round One to be eligible for Round Two of the program, unless an exceptional circumstances decision applies. 

Round Two applicants must:

  • Been eligible for, and received a Round One payment
  • Have a business’ Round One turnover figure was not based on Total Transaction Value
  • Be solvent and intends to continue to operate for the April to June 2021 quarter
  • Make best endeavours to retain your staff; and to meet your obligations to process refunds and travel credits to Australian consumers.
Last Updated: 12th of May 2021
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Aviation Services Accreditation Support Program ClosedGrant Closed: 7th of May 2021 - 5:00 am Value: To be determined by the department based on application Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=c72f707c-944a-4186-99da-0a23447324f7

Due to COVID-19, a significant portion of aviation ground handling staff have not worked since March 2020 and due to this long period of negligible flying activity, the ground handling workforce is likely to require retraining and re-accreditation to ensure safety standards are maintained for all flights.

Noting that ground handling organisations service all aspects of aviation, the Program will provide capped grants to eligible businesses to contribute to mandatory training, certification, and accreditation of ground handling workers essential for the operation of aircraft. This contribution will set a floor to ensure that the sector is in a position to respond as domestic flying activity recovers. It is anticipated that the Program will cover approximately 30% of the training requirements of the pre-COVID workforce.

Training support would be available for both new and existing employees, as required to support aviation recovery.

Last Updated: 19th of April 2021
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COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program ClosedGrant Closed: 13th of March 2021 - 12:00 am Value: $1,500 to $100,000 Run By: Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=31abb1c1-52b7-49fc-a41f-c7e87f870a0c

The COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program (the program) will provide a one-off payment in financial year 2020-21 to assist travel agents and tour arrangement service providers who have been disproportionately impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last Updated: 17th of December 2020
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JobKeeper Payment for Employers and Employees ClosedGrant 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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Past Assistance for Communities

COVID Community Support Grants ClosedGrant Closed: 29th of January 2021 Value: Up to $5,000 Run By: Multicultural NSW Further Information: https://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/grants

This funding aims to support a broad range of culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse stakeholders who are looking for ways to continue or start community programs to provide food, transport and language support to vulnerable cohorts.

Applications must address how they are providing one of the following:

  • Immediate community care support – to provide culturally appropriate care to vulnerable and isolated people. This includes programs that focus on seniors, mental health and building community connection.
  • Overcoming language barriers - to enable volunteer and charitable organisations to overcome language and cultural barriers to connect with essential support services available to the community during COVID-19.

 

Last Updated: 13th of January 2021
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COVID19 - Aged Care Support Program ClosedGrant Closed: 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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