Q: What grants are available under the Business Support Grant – July 2021?

The South Australian Business Support is comprised of two grants:

  1. Employing Businesses, that meet the eligibility criteria, have access to a $3,000 grant; and
  2. Non-employing Businesses, that meet the eligibility criteria, have access to a $1,000 grant.

Q: How is the non-employing Business defined?

A non-employing Business Support Grant ($1,000) is open to businesses that had no employees as at the start of the COVID-19 health restriction period of 12:01am Tuesday 20 July 2021.

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 Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Alternatively, the Employing $3,000 grant is open to businesses that employed staff as at the start of the COVID-19 health restriction period of 12:01am Tuesday 20 July 2021. If your business has been highly impacted by lockdown restrictions announced by the Government to date, subject to meeting the other eligibility criteria, you will be eligible to apply for the $3,000 grant.

Q: I operate a mobile business. Can I apply for this grant?

Yes, mobile businesses are eligible to apply subject to meeting the other eligibility criteria.

Q: Are operators of taxis, Ubers and other commercial passenger vehicle ride services eligible for a grant?

Yes, a registered commercial passenger vehicle, such as a taxi or Uber vehicle is eligible for a Business Support Grant, subject to meeting the other eligibility criteria.

Q: Is a contractor considered an employee for the purpose of assessing eligibility for the $3,000 (Employing Business) Business Support Grant?

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.

Q: Are sole-traders eligible for the Business Support Grants?

Sole traders that do not employ staff may apply for the $1,000 (Non-employing Business) grant.

Sole traders that employ staff may apply for the $3,000 (Employing Business) grant.  A business or not-for-profit must have employed staff as at 12:01am Tuesday 20 July 2021 to be eligible for this grant.  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 and superannuation paid by the employer.  An owner is not considered to be an employee for the purpose of the $3,000 grant.

Q: Are partners in a partnership eligible for the Business Support Grant?

The $1,000 (Non-employing Business) grant is open to partnerships that do not employ staff.

To be eligible for the $3,000 (Employing Business) grant a business or not-for-profit must have employed staff as at 12:01am Tuesday 20 July 2021.  Partners are not considered to be employees for the purpose of the $3,000 grant.

Q: Are Trusts eligible for Business Support Grants?

A trust structure does not prevent an applicant from applying or being eligible for the Business Support Grant. The trust will still need to meet all the criteria of the grant programs.

A beneficiary of a trust is not deemed an employee, just because they are a beneficiary. Being deemed an employee requires a genuine employer/employee relationship with Pay As You Go Withholding amounts and superannuation paid by the employer.

Q: Are directors or shareholders of a company deemed to be an employee for Business Support Grant?

A company can employ a director or shareholder in a role other than a director or shareholder. The employee would receive regular PAYG salary or wages, and Pay As You Go Withholding amounts and superannuation would be paid by the employer. Where the company employs workers, including a director or shareholder, they may be eligible for the $3,000 (Employing Business) grant.

Q: I operate multiple separate and distinct businesses with no employees. Am I eligible for a grant for each business?

No, 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.

Q: How do I calculate turnover?

Turnover will be defined according to the current calculation for GST purposes and is reported on Business Activity Statements. It includes all taxable supplies and all GST free supplies but not input taxed supplies.

Under the GST law, only Australian based sales are included and therefore, only Australian based turnover is relevant.

Q: What evidence do I need to provide to prove my business has had a 30 per cent decline in turnover?

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 for 2 years that could be made available if required such as:

  • Turnover comparison data for the week prior to the assessment period;
  • Emails or texts to or from clients or suppliers detailing cancelled orders or appointments;
  • Receipts for refunds provided;
  • Invoices or delivery dockets;
  • Appointment/scheduling platform, demonstrating cancelled appointments or bookings; and / or
  • Screenshots of cancelled events

Q: What evidence do I need to provide to prove my business has an annual turnover of more than $75,000?

A Business Activity Statement (BAS) is required as evidence that your business has an annual turnover of more than $75,000.  If you are unable to provide a BAS, you must provide business bank statements or audited financial statements to evidence that your business activities in the 2019-20 or 2020‑21 financial year meet the eligibility criteria.

Q: My business is a start up and does not meet the $75,000 turnover requirement, can I still apply?

Where a business was operating prior to 21 July 2021 and does not have a full year of trading history but their turnover since commencement is consistent with achieving an annualised turnover of $75,000, the business should apply for the grant and include in the supporting attachments the most recent BAS plus any other material that supports an assessment of annualised turnover.  This will include evidence of the date trading commenced.

Q: I am registered for GST, however my turnover was below $75,000 in 2019-20 and is likely to be below $75,000 in 2020-21.  Can I still apply?

No, eligibility requirements are for turnover greater than $75,000 in 2019-20 or 2020‑21.

Owners of non-employing businesses may be eligible for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment if they have had a reduction in work hours.

For more information on the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment, please visit: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment

Q: I am a not-for-profit with turnover above $75,000 but am not registered for GST?

The BAS registration threshold for not-for-profit organisations is $150,000 so it is possible to have annual turnover greater than $75,000 but not be registered.  Not-for-profit organisations that are not registered for GST are asked to upload evidence with their application that annual turnover is greater than $75,000.

Q: What are acceptable versions of BAS?

  1. Evidence must clearly indicate that the business activity statement has been lodged with the ATO (lodged Business Activity Statements are available on the ATO’s Business Portal or through your tax agent).
  2. Activity has occurred in FY2020-21 (can be either monthly or quarterly BAS, depending on how your business reports).
  3. If on an ATO letterhead – it should include the phrase “Activity Statement”.
  4. Multiple forms of evidence may make up an acceptable submission, as long as there is:
    1. Evidence it has been lodged with the ATO (could include payment confirmation).
    2. An ABN (first 11 digits of BPAY reference may include ABN if not stated elsewhere).
    3. Activity has occurred in the current financial year

Q: How much can my business apply for under the Business Support Grant?

Employing businesses and not-for-profit organisations can apply for a one-off grant of $3,000.

Non-employing businesses and not-for-profits can apply for a one-off grant of $1,000

Q: I run a not-for-profit organisation, can I apply for a grant under the Business Support Grant?

Not-for-profit organisations may apply for a grant as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

Q: If I am a successful applicant, are there restrictions on what I can spend the funds on?

No. The grants are provided to support eligible businesses that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.
This may include expenditure on:

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

Q: Are JobKeeper payments included to calculate the payroll threshold ($10 million total Australian taxable payroll)?

JobKeeper payments are excluded from the calculation of total Australian payroll.

Q: I have already applied / received a COVID-19 assistance grant from the Government of South Australia to assist my business.  Can I still apply for the Business Support Grant?

Yes.

Q: Can my accountant/lawyer apply on my behalf?

Yes, 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 following authorised people:

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

Q: Is the Business Support Grant taxable?

An application has been lodged with the ATO for the grants to be treated as Non Income Non Exempt in accordance with the treatment afforded similar COVID-19 Business Assistance Programs.

Q: Can previous recipients of the State Government’s Small Business Grant (Round 1 or Round 2) apply for this grant?

Yes, a simplified application process is being used for businesses that were paid grants in either Round 1 or Round 2 of the COVID-19 Small Business Grants program based on having already satisfied a number of the eligibility criteria.

All grant recipients in either Round 1 or Round 2 of the COVID-19 Small Business Grants program have been contacted through the email address provided as part of their original grant application.

If you were successful in Round 1 or 2 of the COVID-19 Small Business Grants program and have not received an email advising of how to proceed with a Business Support Grant application, please email: BusinessSupportGrant@sa.gov.au

Application form related FAQs

Q: I cannot verify my email address

Please enter your email address and select the ‘Verify’ button. A security code will then be sent to that email address, and a second row will appear on the application form page asking for the security code.

To verify the email address, enter the security code into the second row, and then select the ‘Next’ button. If you instead select the ‘verify’ button, a new code will be sent to your email address and you will then have to enter that code into the second row (and select ‘Next” to proceed).

Please note: if you do not receive a verification code in your inbox check the spam/junk folder.

Q: The online form does not recognise my address:

To complete your address details, follow the following steps:

  1. Click on the drop down field to select Address type (Australian, Overseas, Other)
  2. (where “Australian” is selected in step 1 above) type in your address details and click Search
  3. Select your address from the list that appears to validate your address.
  4. If your address is not found, please select Address Type Other to complete.

Q: The form will not accept my ABN

The ABN field is linked to the Australian Business Register for all registered ABNs. Please ensure that you enter all 11 digits of your ABN without any spaces, starting at the far left of the blank data field, then select the ‘verify’ button to verify the ABN. This will populate the fields directly below the ABN field with your registered business details.

Q: I cannot find my BSB / I can only see ANZ BSBs

Please enter the first three digits of your BSB, followed by a hyphen, then select the drop-down arrow and scroll through the list until you find your BSB.

Q: I am having issues uploading my BAS

If applicants are experiencing issues uploading their Business Activity Statement it is recommended that they use an alternate internet browser

Q: Can I access the online application once it has been submitted?

That functionality is not currently available in the grant system.  If you wish to provide additional information to the grant assessment team, please email businesssupportgrant@sa.gov.au