Please read these guidelines before applying:

Employing businesses

On 31 December 2021, the Government of South Australia established a COVID-19 Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant to support the tourism, hospitality and gym sectors in South Australia.

This document provides guidance for the Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant Guidelines – Employing Businesses. Please read these Guidelines before applying.

Eligibility

Tourism, hospitality and gym grant – automatic payment

This grant is automatically paid to employing businesses that received the previous COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grants (i.e. automatic payment and larger turnover payment) as well as other businesses that received the Additional COVID-19 Business Support Grant and fall within the eligible ANZSIC classification codes.

No application is necessary.

Tourism, hospitality and gym grant – turnover based payment – December 2021

Employing businesses that fall within the eligible ANZSIC classification codes required to operate under the 1 person per 7 square metre density restriction are able to apply for this grant.

A business does not need to have received the Tourism, hospitality and gym grant – automatic payment to be eligible for this grant, however, to receive this grant a business MUST submit an application.

An eligible employing business that commenced operations before 1 December 2020 must declare and retain evidence of the following:

  • For businesses that commenced trading prior to 2019-20:
      
    The relevant two week period between 27 December 2021 (beginning of restrictions) and 9 January 2022 where it experienced a 30 per cent reduction in turnover when compared to the same two week period (i.e. 27 December to 9 January) in 2019-20.
  • For businesses that commenced trading in 2019-20 or 2020-21 (before 1 December 2020):

    The relevant two week period between 27 December 2021 (beginning of restrictions) and 9 January 2022 where it experienced a 30 per cent reduction in turnover when compared to the same two week period (i.e. 27 December to 9 January) in 2019-20 or 2020-21.

An eligible employing business that commenced operations on or after 1 December 2020 must declare and retain evidence that it has experienced at least a 30 per cent reduction in turnover due to the restricted trading conditions over the two weeks from 27 December 2021 (the commencement date of the trading restriction) to 9 January 2022 (inclusive) compared to:

  • The average fortnightly turnover from when the business commenced operations to 30 November 2021.

Businesses will be required to declare a reduction in turnover due to restricted trading conditions. They will not be required to provide any supporting information at the time of application but will be required to retain supporting information that could be made available if required such as:

  • Turnover comparison data for the relevant assessment periods;
  • Emails or texts to or from clients or suppliers detailing cancelled orders or appointments;
  • Receipts for refunds provided;
  • Invoices or delivery dockets.

In addition to the above, businesses will also be required to meet the following criteria as at the start of the restriction period of 12:01am Monday 27 December 2021:

  • Have a valid and active Australian business number (ABN) and were carrying on the operation of a business in South Australia.
  • Be registered for the GST.
  • Employ people in South Australia*
  • Have an Australia-wide grouped payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial year.
  • Not be engaged in illegal activities.

* To be considered an employee, staff must be under the control of the business, receive regular PAYG salary or wages, and have Pay As You Go Withholding amounts as well as superannuation paid by the employer. An owner, partner, or beneficiary of a trust is not considered to be an employee for the purpose of this grant.

Further eligibility criteria for businesses located in the CBD

To be eligible for the CBD turnover based payment, a business must operate from a commercial premise in the Adelaide CBD as at 12:01am Monday 27 December 2021 (start of restriction period).

The Adelaide CBD is defined as postcode 5000. Residential premises and vacant land are not considered commercial premises for the purpose of this grant.

Further eligibility criteria for businesses with turnover greater than $2 million

To be eligible for the higher turnover based payment, employing businesses will need to provide evidence of a turnover of greater than $2 million in 2019-20 or 2020‑21.

General requirements

Applicants must certify that they meet the eligibility criteria when submitting an online application.

Applicants will be subject to audit by the Government of South Australia or its representatives and will be required to produce evidence at the request of the Government for a period of 2 years after the grant has been approved.

If any information in applications is found to be false or misleading, the grant will be repayable on demand.

Information suspected to be fraudulent may be referred to the South Australian Police for investigation.

Grant Amounts

The value of the COVID-19 Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grants (automatic payment and turnover based payment) are summarised in the table below:

Automatic grant payment (tourism and hospitality businesses)

Automatic grant payment (other eligible businesses)

Turnover based payment (application required)*

Employing business

Turnover $2 million or less#

Not operating in CBD

$3,000

$3,000

$3,000

Operating in CBD

$4,000

$4,000

$4,000

Turnover greater than $2 million#

Not operating in CBD

$10,000^

$3,000**

$10,000**

Operating in CBD

$11,000^

$4,000**

$11,000**

#$2 million turnover in 2019-20 or 2020-21.

^For tourism and hospitality businesses that received the previous COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grants (both the automatic payment and larger turnover payment).

*For businesses that are eligible for this grant, but have not received an automatic payment, the business will receive an additional amount equal to the value they would have received under an automatic payment.  As an example, if a non-CBD employing business with a turnover below $2 million is eligible for a $3,000 turnover based payment under the application process but has not received an automatic payment, they would be entitled to an additional $3,000 payment, totalling $6,000 in total. This ensures equitable treatment for any business that has not received the automatic payment.

**Businesses that received an automatic payment of $3,000 or $4,000 and are eligible to receive the higher turnover based payment (i.e. $10,000 or $11,000) will also be eligible for an additional $7,000 payment as part of the application process. This means that an eligible business may receive a total turnover based payment of $17,000 or $18,000 in addition to an automatic payment of $3,000 or $4,000.

Grant Use

Grants are provided to support eligible businesses that have been adversely impacted by restrictions enacted by State or Commonwealth Government due to COVID-19.  This may include for example:

  • Meeting business costs, including utilities, salaries, rent;
  • Seeking financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning;
  • Developing the business through marketing and communications activities; and / or
  • Other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.

How to Apply for the Turnover Based Payment

To receive the turnover based payment, applicants are required to submit an application online via the Application Portal. All questions in the application need to be completed to ensure timely assessment and grant payment.

The online application must be completed by an Authorised Officer, being:

  • In the case of a business that is a sole trader, the sole trader.
  • In the case of a business that is a partnership, a partner.
  • In the case of a business that is a body corporate, a director, secretary, public officer or equivalent.

Note: It is permissible for an agent such as an accountant or lawyer to submit the application on behalf of business provided they have been instructed to do so by the above Authorised Officer.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the grant to be eligible.

The turnover based payment will be provided to successful applicants by the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF). Whether an applicant is successful or not will be determined by DTF in its absolute discretion. To access grant funding, applicants will be required to agree to Terms and Conditions at the time of application stipulating obligations and conditions under which assistance will be given to eligible applicants. DTF will not be legally obliged to pay any grant monies to an applicant.

Potential applicants should note that information received in connection with an application may be used and communicated outside the Government of South Australia for due diligence purposes and may also be provided to the Commonwealth Government and third parties engaged by DTF to assist with the assessment and processing of the applications received, together with program monitoring, reporting, auditing and evaluation purposes.

Opening Date

Applications for the turnover based payment must be submitted via the Application Portal.

Closing Date

Applications close midnight 31 March 2022.

Once an application has been submitted, applicants will receive an application receipt number via their nominated email address.

Further Information

If you require further information to participate in the program please refer to the FAQs or contact businessgrants@sa.gov.au

DTF reserves the right to amend these Guidelines and application terms as required.

Applicants should be aware that DTF is subject to certain legislative and administrative accountability and transparency requirements of the Commonwealth Government and Government of South Australia, including public disclosure in accordance with Premier and Cabinet policy.

DTF will treat all information provided by applicants sensitively. Any information contained in, or relating to, an application, including information identified by an applicant as confidential, may be disclosed by DTF:

  • to its employees, advisers or third-parties in order to assess, process and/or audit an application;
  • within the Government of South Australia or other entities where this serves the legitimate interest of DTF;
  • in response to a request by a House or Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia or South Australia;
  • where information is authorised or permitted by law to be disclosed; and/or
  • where the information is already in the public domain.

Non-employing businesses

On 31 December 2021, the Government of South Australia established a COVID-19 Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant to support the tourism, hospitality and gym sectors in South Australia.

This document provides guidance for the Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant Guidelines – Non-Employing Businesses. Please read these Guidelines before applying.

Eligibility

Tourism, hospitality and gym grant – automatic payment

This grant is automatically paid to non-employing businesses that received the previous COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grants (i.e. automatic payment) as well as other businesses that received the Additional COVID-19 Business Support Grant and fall within the eligible ANZSIC classification codes.

No application is necessary.

Tourism, hospitality and gym grant – turnover based payment

Non-employing businesses that fall within the eligible ANZSIC classification codes or required to operate under the 1 person per 7 square metre density restriction are able to apply for this grant.

or required to operate under the 1 person per 7 square metre density restriction are able to apply for this grant.

A business does not need to have received the Tourism, hospitality and gym grant – automatic payment to be eligible for this grant, however, to receive this grant a business MUST submit an application.

An eligible non-employing business that commenced operations before 1 December 2020 must declare and retain evidence of the following:

  • For businesses that commenced trading prior to 2019-20:

    The relevant two week period between 27 December 2021 (beginning of restrictions) and 9 January 2022 where it experienced a 30 per cent reduction in turnover when compared to the same two week period (i.e. 27 December to 9 January) in 2019-20.
  • For businesses that commenced trading in 2019-20 or 2020-21 (before 1 December 2020):

    The relevant two week period between 27 December 2021 (beginning of restrictions) and 9 January 2022 where it experienced a 30 per cent reduction in turnover when compared to the same two week period (i.e. 27 December to 9 January) in 2019-20 or 2020-21.

    An eligible non-employing business that commenced operations on or after 1 December 2020 must declare and retain evidence that it has experienced at least a 30 per cent reduction in turnover due to the restricted trading conditions over the two weeks from 27 December 2021 (the commencement date of the trading restriction) to 9 January 2022 (inclusive) compared to:
  • the average fortnightly turnover from when the business commenced operations to 30 November 2021.

Businesses will be required to declare a reduction in turnover due to restricted trading conditions. They will not be required to provide any supporting information at the time of application but will be required to retain supporting information that could be made available if required such as:

  • Turnover comparison data for the relevant assessment periods;
  • Emails or texts to or from clients or suppliers detailing cancelled orders or appointments;
  • Receipts for refunds provided;
  • Invoices or delivery dockets.

In addition to the above, businesses will also be required to meet the following criteria as at the start of the restriction period of 12:01am Monday 27 December 2021:

  • Have a valid and active Australian business number (ABN) and were carrying on the operation of a business in South Australia.
  • Be registered for the GST.
  • Did not employ people in South Australia*
  • Have an Australia-wide grouped payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial year.
  • Not be engaged in illegal activities.

* To be considered an employee, staff must be under the control of the business, receive regular PAYG salary or wages, and have Pay As You Go Withholding amounts as well as superannuation paid by the employer. An owner, partner, or beneficiary of a trust is not considered to be an employee for the purpose of this grant.

Where multiple non-employing businesses meeting the eligibility criteria are controlled by one individual, company, partnership, or trustee, funding will be restricted to one grant for all non‑employing businesses controlled by the individual, company, partnership, or trustee.

Further eligibility criteria for businesses located in the CBD

To be eligible for the CBD turnover based payment, a business must operate from a commercial premise in the Adelaide CBD as at 12:01am Monday 27 December 2021 (start of restriction period).

The Adelaide CBD is defined as postcode 5000. Residential premises and vacant land are not considered commercial premises for the purpose of this grant.

General requirements

Applicants must certify that they meet the eligibility criteria when submitting an online application.

Applicants will be subject to audit by the Government of South Australia or its representatives and will be required to produce evidence at the request of the Government for a period of 2 years after the grant has been approved.

If any information in applications is found to be false or misleading, the grant will be repayable on demand.

Information suspected to be fraudulent may be referred to the South Australian Police for investigation.

Grant Amounts

The value of the COVID-19 Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grants (automatic payment and turnover based payment) are summarised in the table below:

Automatic grant payment (tourism and hospitality businesses)

Automatic grant payment (other eligible businesses)

Turnover based payment (application required)*

Non-employing business

Not operating in CBD

$1,000

$1,000

$1,000

Operating in CBD

$2,000

$2,000

$2,000

*For businesses that are eligible for this grant, but have not received an automatic payment, the business will receive an additional amount equal to the value they would have received under an automatic payment.  As an example, if a non-CBD business is eligible for a $1,000 turnover based payment under the application process but has not received an automatic payment, they would be entitled to an additional $1,000 payment, totalling $2,000 in total.  This ensures equitable treatment for any business that has not received the automatic payment.

Grant Use

Grants are provided to support eligible businesses that have been adversely impacted by restrictions enacted by State or Commonwealth Government due to COVID-19.  This may include for example:

  • Meeting business costs, including utilities, salaries, rent;
  • Seeking financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning;
  • Developing the business through marketing and communications activities; and / or
  • Other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.

How to Apply for the Turnover Based Payment

To receive the turnover based payment, applicants are required to submit an application online via the Application Portal. All questions in the application need to be completed to ensure timely assessment and grant payment.

The online application must be completed by an Authorised Officer, being:

  • In the case of a business that is a sole trader, the sole trader.
  • In the case of a business that is a partnership, a partner.
  • In the case of a business that is a body corporate, a director, secretary, public officer or equivalent.

Note: It is permissible for an agent such as an accountant or lawyer to submit the application on behalf of business provided they have been instructed to do so by the above Authorised Officer.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the grant to be eligible.

The turnover based payment will be provided to successful applicants by the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF). Whether an applicant is successful or not will be determined by DTF in its absolute discretion. To access grant funding, applicants will be required to agree to Terms and Conditions at the time of application stipulating obligations and conditions under which assistance will be given to eligible applicants. DTF will not be legally obliged to pay any grant monies to an applicant.

Potential applicants should note that information received in connection with an application may be used and communicated outside the Government of South Australia for due diligence purposes and may also be provided to the Commonwealth Government and third parties engaged by DTF to assist with the assessment and processing of the applications received, together with program monitoring, reporting, auditing and evaluation purposes.

Opening Date

Applications for the turnover based payment must be submitted via the Application Portal.

Closing Date

Applications close midnight 31 March 2022.

Once an application has been submitted, applicants will receive an application receipt number via their nominated email address.

Further Information

If you require further information to participate in the program please refer to the FAQs or contact businessgrants@sa.gov.au

DTF reserves the right to amend these Guidelines and application terms as required.

Applicants should be aware that DTF is subject to certain legislative and administrative accountability and transparency requirements of the Commonwealth Government and Government of South Australia, including public disclosure in accordance with Premier and Cabinet policy.

DTF will treat all information provided by applicants sensitively. Any information contained in, or relating to, an application, including information identified by an applicant as confidential, may be disclosed by DTF:

  • to its employees, advisers or third-parties in order to assess, process and/or audit an application;
  • within the Government of South Australia or other entities where this serves the legitimate interest of DTF;
  • in response to a request by a House or Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia or South Australia;
  • where information is authorised or permitted by law to be disclosed; and/or
  • where the information is already in the public domain.