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 and with the vaccine roll-out now commencing, the funds have been combined to create the COVID-19 Support Fund.

A priority for the COVID-19 Support Fund remains the ongoing survival of entities and minimising job losses.

The COVID-19 Support Fund also supports industry sector and economy-wide recovery programs. Funding is not intended to be used to support individual business expansion plans, but is targeted towards recovery in sectors and across the economy.

Total funding provided to the COVID-19 Support Fund is $795 million. Funding decisions already taken mean there is limited remaining capacity in the Fund.

Summary of COVID-19 support grants

Grant ProgramAmount Impacted period Turnover decline Reference period for turnover decline Industry Specific Closing Date Further Details
COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021 $3,000 for employing businesses or $1,000 for non-employing businesses. 20 July 2021 to 26 July 2021 30% Week prior to impacted period No 30 September 2021

Guidelines

Applications now closed

COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant

$3,000 for employing businesses or $1,000 for non-employing businesses

Additional $1,000 for businesses located in Adelaide CBD.

28 July 2021 to 10 August 2021 30% Average fortnightly turnover in June qtr 2021 Yes 17 October 2021

Guidelines

Applications now closed

COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant – automatic payment Top-up grants of $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses will be automatically paid to businesses in eligible tourism and hospitality sectors that have already received the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant. Yes Automatic Payment see below
COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant – Larger Turnover

Additional:

$7,000 for employing businesses with turnover greater than $2 million.

$17,000 for employing businesses with turnover greater than $5 million.

28 July 2021 to 10 August 2021 30% Average fortnightly turnover in June qtr 2021 Yes 31 October 2021

Guidelines

Applications now closed

COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant

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

20 July 2021 to 31 August 2021 50% 20 July 2019 to 31 August 2019 (a) No 31 October 2021

Guidelines

Applications now closed

Major Events Grant Up to $100,000 for organisers of cancelled or postponed major public events 20 July 2021 to 10 August 2021

Event cancelled/

postponed

N/A - Requires proof of non-recoverable financial loss No 17 October 2021

Guidelines

Applications now closed

Regional COVID-19 Support Grant – Lower South-East $3,000 for employing businesses or $1,000 for non-employing businesses. 4 October 2021 to 10 October 2021 30% Average weekly turnover in June qtr 2021 No 31 October 2021

Eligible postcodes

Guidelines

Applications now closed

Regional COVID-19 Support Grant – Lower South-East – automatic payment Grants of $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses will be automatically paid to businesses located and operating in eligible postcodes that have already received the COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant. Yes Automatic Payment

See above

Applications  now closed

(a) Applies to businesses that were actively trading in 2019, unless due to exceptional circumstances. For businesses that were not actively trading in 2019, a comparable period from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021, that reflects normal trading activity can be used.

All businesses must be registered for GST to be eligible. COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021 has a minimum $75,000 minimum annual turnover requirement.

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 financial year.

  • If you have lodged a Registration of Interest for the Business Support Grant you are still required to lodge an application using the application link.  Payments cannot be processed without the lodgement of an application.

    If you have any questions regarding the Business Support Grant please contact BusinessSupportGrant@sa.gov.au.  Please include details to assist in the resolution of your query including business ABN and application receipt number if applicable.

    • Employing businesses - $3,000
    • Non-employing businesses - $1,000

    To be eligible for the $3,000 grant a business must meet all criteria listed below, at the start of the restriction period of 12:01am Tuesday 20 July 2021:

    • Be located/operating within South Australia.
    • Have an annual turnover of $75,000 or more in 2020-21 or 2019-20, and be registered for GST.
    • Have a valid and active ABN (Australian Business Number).
    • Must employ people in South Australia.
    • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 financial year.
    • Experienced at least a 30 per cent reduction in turnover in the week of Tuesday 20 July 2021 – Monday 26 July 2021 (inclusive) (compared to the prior week) due to restricted trading conditions.

    To be eligible for the $1,000 grant, non-employing businesses will be subject to the eligibility criteria outlined above, excluding the requirement to employ people.

    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.

    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.

    Businesses will be required to declare that they have experienced a loss or 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 for audit and compliance purposes 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
    • Screenshots of cancelled events

    Applications for the COVID-19 Business Support Grant are now closed.

    Eligibility Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions are available to assist in completing your application.

    We expect there may be periods of significant demand for the application portal, if delays are experienced please be patient, applications may be submitted until 11:59pm on 30 September 2021.

    There has been a high level of interest in the grant program and officers are working to evaluate applications and process payments as quickly as possible. On average, grant applications are expected to take 2 to 3 weeks to pay, however where further information is sought from the applicant it may take longer to process.

    The South Australian Government’s July 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grant Program supports thousands of South Australian small and medium-sized businesses that suffered a significant loss of income or have been forced to close as a result of the restrictions imposed from 20 July 2021.

  • Businesses seeking payment of a COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant must lodge an application through the application link – payments are not being made automatically.

    The COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant has been introduced for industry sectors that are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 density and other trading restrictions applicable from 28 July 2021.

    Grants of $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses will be available for businesses in eligible industry sectors (those that have been significantly impacted by the restrictions) that have experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more as a result of the COVID-19 health trading restrictions introduced from 28 July 2021.

    In addition to the above, a further grant of $1,000 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.

    This grant builds on the COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021 which was announced in July and is supporting thousands of South Australian small and medium sized businesses that suffered loss as a result of the restrictions and subsequent lockdown imposed on 20 July 2021. Businesses that received the COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021 are eligible to receive additional COVID‑19 Business Support Grant, subject to meeting all the eligibility criteria.

    To be eligible for the grant, businesses must meet the criteria listed below as at the start of the restriction period of 12:01am Wednesday 28 July 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 payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 financial year.
    • Operate in an eligible industry sector identified in the list of eligible ANZSIC classes
    • And must have experienced at least a 30 per cent reduction in turnover due to the restricted trading conditions over the two weeks from 28 July 2021 (the commencement date of the trading restriction) to 10 August 2021 compared to average fortnightly turnover in the June quarter 2021 (prior to restrictions).

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

    There is no minimum turnover test for the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant, but a business must be registered for GST.

    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.

    Eligibility Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions are available to assist in completing your application.

    Applications for the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant are now closed.

  • The South Australian Government has introduced a COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant to support the tourism and hospitality sector in South Australia.
    Businesses in eligible tourism and hospitality sectors that have already received the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant can receive a further payment of:

    • $3,000 for employing businesses with turnover less than $2 million
    • $10,000 for employing businesses with turnover of greater than $2 million
    • $20,000 for employing businesses with turnover of greater than $5 million
    • $1,000 for non-employing businesses

    Businesses in eligible tourism and hospitality sectors that have already received the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant will be automatically paid top-up grants of $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses. No additional application is necessary.

    Businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector with a turnover of greater than $2 million and $5 million will also be eligible for a further grant of $7,000 and $17,000 respectively (taking the total value to $10,000 and $20,000).  These businesses will need to apply separately and provide the required supporting evidence to receive the additional $7,000 or $17,000 payment.

    Applications for the larger (turnover based) COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant will be opening Friday 17 September 2021 through the Department of Treasury and Finance application portal.

    To be eligible for the COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant, businesses must meet the following criteria:

    • Have received a COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant (see Eligibility Guidelines); and
    • Have nominated as part of their COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant application that they operate in an eligible industry sector as identified in the list of eligible ANZSIC classes.


    Eligibility Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions are available to assist in completing your application.

    Applications for the COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant are now closed.

  • A COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant has been introduced to provide assistance to small and medium businesses that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions but haven’t been eligible for previous business grant support since July 2021.

    Grants of $6,000 for employing businesses and $2,000 for non-employing businesses will be available for eligible businesses that have experienced a 50 per cent reduction in turnover when compared to the benchmark period determined below.
    Under the scheme, an eligible business:

    • Must select a relevant two week period between 20 July 2021 (beginning of lockdown) and 31 August 2021 (impacted period) where they experienced a 50 per cent reduction in turnover when compared to a relevant two week benchmark period in 2019 (or 2021);

    AND

    • Must not have received grant assistance through the COVID-19 Business Support Grant or COVID-19 Additional Support Grant provided by the South Australian Government following the 20 July 2021 lockdown.

    The Impacted and Benchmark Periods are defined as incorporating the dates within:

    • Impacted Period: 20 July 2021 to 31 August 2021
    • Benchmark Period:
      • For businesses that were actively trading in 2019: 20 July 2019 to 31 August 2019, or
      • For businesses that were not actively trading in 2019: 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021.
    • Comparison point:
      • For businesses actively trading in 2019, the comparison point should be a two week period at similar time of the year unless there are exceptional reasons as to why a different time is chosen, noting that slight adjustments for trading days are acceptable; or
      • Businesses not actively trading in 2019, should reflect a normal level of trading activity for a business between 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021.

    There is no ANZSIC code eligibility for the COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant. The 50% turnover decline criteria is the key measure of hardship.
    Other standard criteria includes that an eligible business must at the start of the impacted period:

    • Be located/operating within South Australia.
    • Have a valid and active ABN (Australian Business Number) and be registered for GST.
    • Have an Australia-wide grouped payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 financial year.


    Eligibility Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions are available to assist in completing your application.

    Applications for the COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant are now closed.

  • The South Australian Government has introduced a Regional COVID-19 Support Grant – Lower South-East to support businesses impacted by restrictions introduced in South Australia’s Lower South-East.

    Grants of $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses are available to eligible businesses impacted by the COVID-19 health trading restrictions introduced from 4 October 2021.

    All businesses in eligible tourism and hospitality sectors that have received a grant under the COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant, and are based in eligible postcodes, will automatically receive a top-up payment of $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses. No additional application is necessary.

    Other businesses based in eligible postcodes that have experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more over the defined eligibility period will be able to apply for the Regional COVID-19 Support Grant – Lower South-East through an application portal.

    It is expected that the application portal will be available for applications shortly.

    To be eligible for the grant a business at the start of the restriction period of Monday 4 October 2021 must:
    • Have a valid and active Australian business number (ABN) and be carrying on the operation of a business in South Australia.
    • Be operating a business in an eligible postcode.
    • Be registered for the GST.
    • Have a total Australian grouped payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 or 2020‑21 financial year.
    • Not be engaged in illegal activities.

      And

      • Have received a grant under the COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant (these payments will be made automatically and do not require an application);

      or

      • Be a business that has experienced at least a 30 per cent reduction in turnover due to the restricted trading conditions over the week from 4 October 2021 (the commencement date of the trading restriction) to 10 October 2021 compared to average weekly turnover in the June quarter 2021 (prior to restrictions).


    Eligibility Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions are available to assist in completing your application.

    Applications for the Regional COVID-19 Support Grant – Lower South-East are now closed.

  • 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 July lockdown and subsequent trading restrictions.

    Major Events Support Grant application form - Standard event (1,000 to 10,000 attendees)

    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 financial year.
    • Employ people in South Australia.
    • Be the organiser/operator of an event that:
      • commenced on or prior to 20 July 2021, and was required to be cancelled/postponed as a result of State‑wide lockdown and further restrictions; or
      • was scheduled to be held over period of State-wide lockdown or restrictions commencing 20 July 2021 up to 10 August 2021 and has been cancelled/postponed as a result of the 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.

    To the extent that the business received support under the COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021 and/or the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant, these amounts will be deducted from the Major Events Support Grant.

    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.

    Major Events Support Grant application form - Larger event (more 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 for Major Events Support Grant are now closed

    Detailed Guidelines and Terms and Conditions are available.

    If you have any questions regarding the Business Support Grant please contact the COVID-19 Support Fund

  • On 31 October 2020 the South Australian Government announced the Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program to support councils to accelerate spending on community infrastructure projects that contribute to the future economic growth of their region, or support the Government’s Growth State agenda, or improve local infrastructure facilities for businesses and community organisations to enable them to grow in the future.

    The South Australian Government commitment of $106.9 million will leverage an estimated total $270 million to $290 million investment in local government infrastructure.

    Under the program, the State Government provided grants to councils for up to 50 per cent of the cost of approved infrastructure projects. Councils could fund their contribution either through their own reserves or borrowings. Infrastructure projects could include other funding partners, including the Commonwealth Government and/or local businesses.

    Applications for the grant closed on 29 January 2021.

    Applications were assessed by an independent panel comprising staff from the Office of Local Government and the Department of Treasury and Finance.

    The list of successful grant recipients can be found here: LGIPP grant recipients (PDF, 210KB)

    Any questions on the Program can be submitted to DTF on LGinfrastructuregrants@sa.gov.au

  • The South Australian Government announced a second round of rental grants of up to $1,000 for residential landlords who reduced the rent of a tenant experiencing rental hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    To be eligible for a second grant, an agreement needed to be in place (eg. revised rent agreement) that reflected that the landlord had provided rent relief to a tenant from 1 October 2020 and provided such relief before 30 March 2021 (inclusive).

    Applications for the second round of rental grants closed on 30 March 2021.

  • A number of payroll tax relief measures have been introduced to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

    • An exemption of all Commonwealth JobKeeper payments from payroll tax.
    • A 15 month waiver of payroll tax due over the period April 2020 to June 2021 (relating to the payroll tax return period March 2020 to May 2021) for businesses and business groups with annual Australian grouped wages below $4 million.
    • a six month waiver of payroll tax due over the period January 2021 to June 2021 (relating to payroll tax return period December 2020 to May 2021) for businesses that are eligible for the extended Commonwealth JobKeeper payment from 4 January 2021.
    • Up to a nine month deferral of payroll tax due over the period April 2020 to December 2020 for businesses with annual wages above $4 million adversely affected by COVID-19. Extended repayment arrangements for deferred payroll tax are also available.
    • A 12 month payroll tax exemption for wages paid to eligible new apprentices and trainees who commence a relevant contract of training with an employer from 10 November 2020 to 30 June 2021.

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

  • From July 2020, the South Australian Government’s significant land tax reforms began delivering $200 million in savings to investors and landlords over the next three years.

    In addition, the Government has announced land tax relief measures to support residential and non-residential tenants and land owners impacted by COVID-19. These measures include:

    • Residential and non-residential landlords can receive up to a 50 per cent reduction on their 2019-20 land tax liability on affected properties. There are two stages to the land tax relief measure for residential and non-residential landlords:
    • * Period 1: 30 March 2020 to 30 October 2020
    • * Period 2: 31 October 2020 to 30 April 2021

    Each period is assessed separately, with up to 25 per cent relief on 2019-20 land tax liabilities for the relevant property available in each period. The land tax relief only applies if a reduction in rent is passed on to an eligible tenant in the relevant period of at least the same amount as the land tax relief, or if the landlord lost rent because of an untenanted property over the relevant period that was tenanted as at 31 March 2020.

    Eligible non-residential tenants are businesses eligible for the Commonwealth JobKeeper payment in the relevant period with an annual turnover of not more than $50 million. Eligible residential tenants are tenants experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 in the relevant period.

    • Commercial owner-occupiers who own the land where they operate their business are eligible to receive relief of 25 per cent off their 2019-20 land tax liabilities in period 2 (31 October 2020 to 30 April 2021). Relief is available where the business is eligible for the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper payment from 31 October 2020 and annual turnover is not more than $50 million.
    • eligible taxpayers with an outstanding 2019-20 land tax liability can defer their 2019‑20 remaining land tax payments for up to six months.
    • an increase to the existing land tax transition fund relief.

    It was previously announced that transitional relief equivalent to 50% of the increase in a 2020-21 land tax assessment would be available to eligible taxpayers whose land tax bill had increased as a result of the changes in aggregation of land commencing from 1 July 2020.

    This relief has been increased to 100% of the increase in an eligible taxpayer’s 2020-21 land tax assessment, subject to the existing criteria – saving some investors up to an additional $50,000.

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

  • The Government is providing grant support for eligible international students in South Australia who have experienced financial challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    More information on support and eligibility can be found at:

    https://studyadelaide.com/issp

    https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/school-and-community/schools-universities-and-childcare

  • The Government will provide 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 who have a bottle shop will receive reduced fees, or a full waiver if they do not have a bottle shop.

    Packaged Liquor Sales licence fee will not be reduced or waived.  Licensees who believe that they should receive a discount may still apply for a fee reduction through the CBS website from 1 June.

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

  • The Government is providing a once off boost of $500 and brought forward the 2020-21 Cost of Living Concession for households who are receiving the Centrelink JobSeeker Payment, assisting those who are unemployed or lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus restrictions.

    For eligible homeowners, their 2020-21 payment of $215.10 will now become $715.10. Eligible tenants will receive $607.60.

    For further information available at https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/care-and-support/concessions-and-grants/concessions

  • Economic and Business Growth Fund

    The Government has announced increased funding for the Economic and Business Growth Fund under its $4 billion economic stimulus package. The Economic and Business Growth Fund was established in 2018 to promote economic growth in South Australia by encouraging growth of existing industries, developing new industries, building international connections, and attracting foreign and national direct investment. Funding support is primarily targeted to support industry or sector wide led initiatives which improve the overall productivity and competitiveness of an industry sector or subsector.

  • 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