Q: Can I access the Water Relief Grant if the sporting club has paid employees?

The Water Relief Grant is available to incorporated sporting clubs that are responsible for paying a water and sewerage bill.  Clubs that have paid employees are eligible if they have annual grouped Australian payrolls of less than $1.5 million and are not entitled to a payroll tax waiver under the Government’s COVID-19 payroll tax relief measures.

If a club has received the $10,000 small business grant, the value of the Water Relief Grant will be reduced by $10,000.

Q: What if our club is not an incorporated association?

The Water Relief Grant is only available to incorporated sporting clubs.

Q: What if my total Australian taxable payroll was over $1.5 million in 2018-19 but is now expected to be below $1.5 million in 2019-20 due to impacts from the COVID pandemic?

You can apply for the payment if you expect that your payroll will be below $1.5 million in 2019‑20.

Q: Are JobKeeper payments included to calculate the payroll threshold ($1.5 million total Australian taxable payroll)?

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

Q: What are playing surfaces or grounds that require significant water usage?

Generally, facilities such as swimming pools, and grass playing fields require significant water usage as part of their regular maintenance. Facilities such as hard courts, indoor facilities (e.g. netball courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts or hardcourt tennis courts) are not eligible for this scheme.

Q: Where do I find evidence that I am responsible for the payment of the water bill to maintain a playing surface or grounds?

Evidence can come from:

  • The SA Water (or other water provider) bill the sporting club receives in its name.
  • A lease agreement documenting the sporting club’s responsibility with respect to the:
    • maintenance of the facility or ground;
    • the payment of the water and sewerage charges.
  • Any other legal document that provides this evidence.

Q: How much can my club apply for under the Water Relief Grant?

If the eligible sporting club has not received the $10,000 Small Business Grant, the club will receive a grant equivalent to 50 percent of the quarterly water and sewerage costs1 invoiced in a bill issued between 1 April and 30 June 2020.

If the eligible sporting club has received a $10,000 Small Business Grant, the club will receive a Water Relief Grant equivalent to 50 percent of the water and sewerage costs1 incurred during the eligible billing period less the $10,000 Small Business Grant.

1 Water costs do not include any costs associated with bore water usage.

Q: How does the club calculate its water and sewerage costs?

Generally water and sewerage bills are received from SA Water (or other water provider) on a quarterly basis, the sporting club can apply for relief from its water and sewerage bill that was invoiced between 1 April and 30 June 2020.

Remember that the club must provide evidence of its bills.

Q: How do I calculate the eligible water and sewerage costs if I receive a bill from my landlord monthly?

Add up all of the water and sewerage costs that are separately identified and invoiced from the club’s landlord between 1 April and 30 June 2020 - the total is the eligible water and sewerage costs.

Remember that the club must provide evidence of its bills.

Q: The club has already applied for / received the $10,000 Small Business Grant.  Can the club still apply for the Water Relief Grant?

If the eligible sporting club has received a $10,000 Small Business Grant, the club will receive a Water Relief Grant equivalent to 50 percent of the water and sewerage costs1 incurred during the eligible billing period less the $10,000 Small Business Grant.

Therefore, where a club has applied for / received the $10,000 Small Business Grant and where the club’s water and sewerage bill for the eligible period is:

  • greater than $20,000, the club should still apply for the Water Relief Grant.
  • less than $20,000, the club will should not make an application for the Water Relief Grant

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: I am having issues uploading my documents

If applicants are experiencing issues uploading their documents, it is recommended that they use an alternate internet browser.