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The South Australian Government has introduced a support package for businesses impacted by the health restrictions put in place from 27 December 2021.

Grant ProgramFurther details
Tourism, hospitality and gym grant - turnover based payment- December 2021

Application portal

Guidelines 
Business hardship grant - December 2021Application portal

Guidelines
Major events grant - December 2021Larger event application form

Standard event application form

Guidelines

A more detailed summary of these support grants is outlined below.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on local businesses, community organisations, industry sectors and jobs, the South Australian Government announced the establishment of two funds to support businesses, jobs and community organisations:

  • Business and Jobs Support Fund
  • Community and Jobs Support Fund

The Funds have supported a range of businesses and community organisations during the COVID-19 restrictions. The funds have been combined to create the COVID-19 Support Fund.

The South Australian Government has introduced a support package for businesses impacted by the health restrictions put in place from 27 December 2021. A summary of these support grants is outlined below.

Information on previous grants under the COVID-19 Support Fund can be found here.

Grant Program

Amount

Impacted period

Turnover decline

Reference period for turnover decline

Industry Specific

Closing Date

Further Details

Tourism, hospitality and gym grant - automatic payment- December 2021

$3,000 for employing businesses or $1,000 for non-employing businesses. Additional $1,000 for CBD businesses. Additional $7,000 for tourism and hospitality businesses with turnover above $2 million.

Automatically paid to businesses that received previous COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant and Gym operators that received Additional COVID-19 Business Support Grant.

NA

Yes

NA

NA

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

$3,000 for employing businesses or $1,000 for non-employing businesses. Additional $1,000 for CBD businesses. Additional $7,000 for tourism,  hospitality and other eligible businesses with turnover above $2 million. Additional top up equivalent to automatic payment for businesses that did not receive the automatic payment.

27 December 2021 to 9 January 2022 (inclusive)

30%

Comparable 2 weeks in 2019-20 (or 2020-21 for those businesses that did not trade in 2019-20)

Yes

31 March 2022

Application portal

Guidelines

Business hardship grant - December 2021

$6,000 for employing businesses or $2,000 for non-employing businesses

27 December 2021 to 9 January 2022 (inclusive)

50%

Comparable 2 weeks in 2019-20 (or 2020-21 for those businesses that did not trade in 2019-20)

No

31 March 2022

Application portal

Guidelines

Major events grant - December 2021

Up to $100,000 for organisers of cancelled or postponed major public events

27 December 2021 to 27 January 2022 (inclusive)

Event cancelled/postponed

N/A - Requires proof of non-recoverable financial loss

No

31 March 2022

Larger event application form

Standard event application form

Guidelines

All businesses must be registered for GST to be eligible.

Other standard criteria include that a business is located/operating within South Australia, has a valid and active ABN (Australian Business Number) and has an Australia-wide grouped payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial year.

Information for businesses commencing operation after December 2020

Currently the application systems for the COVID-19 Tourism Hospitality and Gyms and COVID-19 Hardship grants will not accept applications from businesses commencing operation after December 2020.

The Government has determined that eligibility for these grants will be extended to these businesses and the application systems are being updated to enable these applications.

Applications will now be extended to businesses commencing prior to 30 November 2021. For businesses that commenced trading after December 2020, the comparison period will be the average fortnightly trading activity between when the business commenced and 30 November 2021.

Changes to the application form to allow businesses established after December 2020 to apply for the COVID-19 Tourism Hospitality and Gyms and COVID-19 Hardship grants will be made by Friday 14 January 2022.

  • The South Australian Government has introduced a Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant to support businesses impacted by the health restrictions in place from 27 December 2021 in South Australia.

    Businesses with national payrolls of less than $10 million in eligible tourism/hospitality sectors, gyms and other businesses required to operate under the 1 person per 7 square metre density restriction that have already received the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant will receive an automatic payment of:

    • $3,000 for employing businesses with turnover less than $2 million in 2019-20 or 2020-21
    • $10,000 for employing businesses with turnover of greater than $2 million in 2019-20 or 2020-21 (tourism and hospitality sectors only)
    • $1,000 for non-employing businesses
    • Additional grant for businesses operating in CBD (employing and non-employing): $1,000

    The abovementioned automatic payments will be made in the week beginning 4 January 2022.

    Businesses that fall outside the hospitality and tourism sector (e.g. gyms) with a turnover exceeding $2 million will have the opportunity to apply for equivalent relief via a separate application process for the Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant – turnover based payment (see eligibility guidelines for further information).

    The Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant – turnover based payment provides further relief to those businesses that fall within the eligible ANZSIC codes (and those businesses required to operate under the 1 person per 7 square metre density restriction) and have experienced a 30 per cent or more decline in turnover for the period from 27 December to 9 January compared to the comparable period in 2019-20 (or 2020-21 if the business did not operate in 2019-20).

    The value of the Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant – turnover based payment is consistent with the amounts listed above. This means an employing CBD business with a turnover of greater than $2 million would be eligible to receive $22,000 across the automatic and turnover based payment.

    Applications for the turnover based payment will be opening shortly through the Department of Treasury and Finance application portal. Applications will close on 31 March 2022.

    The eligible ANZSIC codes, eligibility guidelines and FAQs are available to assist in completing your application.

    If you have any questions regarding the grant, please contact the COVID-19 Support Fund

  • A COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant has been introduced to provide assistance to those businesses impacted by health restrictions in place from 27 December 2021, but are not eligible for the tourism, hospitality and gym grants (December 2021).

    Grants of $6,000 for employing businesses and $2,000 for non-employing businesses will be available for businesses that have experienced a decline in turnover of 50% or more as a result of the COVID-19 health trading restrictions introduced from 27 December 2021.

    A further grant of $2,000 will be available for eligible businesses (both employing and non-employing) with a commercial premise in the Adelaide CBD. This recognises the increased number of employees working from home (in line with health advice) and the impact this has on CBD businesses. The Adelaide CBD is defined as a commercial premise located in the 5000 postcode.

    To be eligible for a grant, businesses must meet the criteria listed below as at the start of the restriction period of 12:01am Monday 27 December 2021:

    • Be located/operating within South Australia.
    • Have a valid and active ABN (Australian Business Number) and be registered for the GST.
    • Have an Australia-wide grouped payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial year.
    • Experienced at least a 50 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 compared to:
      • the comparable 2 weeks in 2019-20 for businesses actively trading in
        2019-20; or
      • the comparable 2 weeks in 2020-21 for businesses not actively trading in 2019-20.

    There is no ANZSIC code eligibility for the COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant. Businesses that have received a COVID‑19 Business Support Grant – December 2021 for the tourism, hospitality sector and gyms are not eligible for the COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant.

    To be deemed an employing business, the business must employ people in South Australia.

    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.

    Businesses must be able to provide evidence of this reduction in turnover if requested and retain these records for 2 years from the date the grant was approved.  Applications may be subject to audit.

    Applications for the grant are open through the Department of Treasury and Finance application portal.  Applications will close on 31 March 2022.

    The eligibility guidelines and FAQs are available to assist in completing your application.

    If you have any questions regarding the grant, please contact the COVID-19 Support Fund.

  • Standard event: 1,000 to 10,000 attendees

    A Major Events Support Grant of up to $25,000 is available for the operators of major one-off events impacted by the health related trading restrictions from 27 December 2021.

    To be eligible for the grant a business must:

    • Have a valid and active ABN (Australian Business Number) and be registered for the GST.
    • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial year.
    • Employ people in South Australia.
    • Be the organiser/operator of an event scheduled over the period from 27 December 2021 and 27 January 2022, which was required to be cancelled/postponed as a result of the announced health/trading restrictions.
    • The event was a one-off event with an approved COVID Management Plan or COVID Safe Plan catering for an event of over 1,000 combined capacity in one or across multiple locations.
      • Entities with an on-going COVID-19 Management/Safe Plan for regularly scheduled events are not eligible.
    • Have incurred a non-recoverable financial loss as a result of the cancellation or postponement of the event.

    To receive the full $25,000 grant, organisers must have experienced a non-recoverable loss that was greater than $25,000.

    Applications are now open.

    Standard event application form

    Applications will close on 31 March 2022.

    Larger event: more than 10,000 attendees

    An increased grant amount of up to $100,000 is available for cancelled or postponed events with greater than 10,000 attendees.

    To be eligible for an increased grant amount an organiser must meet the following criteria, in addition to those for the $25,000 Major Events Support Grant:

    • Provide evidence that forecast attendance over the period of the event was over 10,000 attendees (eg ticket sales).
    • Provide evidence of a non-recoverable financial loss as a result of the cancellation or postponement of the event equivalent to the requested grant amount (e.g. up to $100,000).

    Where non-recoverable costs are less than $100,000, the grant is capped at the level of non-recoverable costs.  Where an applicant has already received the $25,000 grant, the top up grant will be adjusted accordingly so total grants do not exceed $100,000.

    Applications are now open.

    Larger event application form

    Applications will close on 31 March 2022.

    The eligibility guidelines are available to assist in completing your application.

    If you have any questions regarding the grant, please contact the COVID-19 Support Fund

  • A number of payroll tax relief measures have been introduced to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In recognition of the health related trading restrictions introduced from 27 December 2021, the Government has announced further payroll tax relief for businesses.

    Tourism, hospitality, gyms and other eligible businesses impacted by the trading restrictions in place from 27 December 2021 may apply to RevenueSA for a deferral of payroll tax due over the period from January 2022 to March 2022, with these deferred payments due from April 2022.

    Further information is available at https://www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au/grants-and-concessions/covid19-relief

  • The Government provided a waiver of annual liquor licencing fees for 2020-21 for the following liquor licence categories:

    • On Premises
    • Residential
    • Restaurant & Catering
    • Club
    • Liquor Production & Sales
    • Small Venue

    Holders of a general and hotel licence with a bottle shop received reduced fees, or a full waiver if they did not have a bottle shop. Packaged liquor sales licence fees were not reduced or waived.

    As part of the 2021-22 Budget, the Government halved Liquor licence fees for the first six months of 2021-22 for businesses still impacted by COVID-19.  This was targeted at liquor licence holders (not including packaged liquor sales or bottle shops) that were eligible and received JobKeeper payments under the second extension of the JobKeeper scheme from 4 January 2021.

    In recognition of the current health restrictions introduced from 27 December 2021, liquor licence fees paid/payable by those same venues that met the JobKeeper criteria for the remaining six month period in 2021-22 will be waived/refunded.

    For further information please visit https://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/liquor-licence-holders-and-covid-19#

  • Any queries in relation to the COVID-19 Support Fund or submissions seeking Government assistance from the COVID-19 Support Fund can be lodged at: COVID -19 Support Fund