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To assist small businesses with cash flow and to support safe trading, this new package includes up to $6000 in rent relief, outdoor dining and entertainment support grants and further funding for business counselling services.

This package, which includes eight tailored programs, is in addition to the State Government's $77 million Safe Transition Industry Support Package.

To date, the State Government has committed more than $1.6 billion to support businesses throughout the pandemic.

The Level 1 COVID-19 Business Assistance Package includes:

Small Business Rental Relief Package

  • $42 million Tenant Rent Relief Scheme providing grants of $3000 to eligible small business tenants.
  • $10.7 million Landlord Rent Relief Incentive supporting eligible landlords with $1500 — who voluntary match the Government's Tenant Rent Relief payments.
  • $1.5 million Tenant Rental Credit Scheme providing a rental waiver or credit of $6000 for eligible small business tenants of Government-owned buildings.

Outdoor Dining and Entertainment Support Package

  • $5 million Activating Alfresco Rebate Program to reimburse small businesses in the hospitality sector with up to $5000 for eligible costs associated with creating and expanding an alfresco area to meet the requirements of public health and social measures.
  • $3.5 million Waiver of Liquor Licencing fees. Liquor licence renewal fees for 2022 will be waived and refunds provided for businesses that have already paid. One-off fees for variations to liquor licencing to enable alfresco services will also be waived, and fees for a COVID-19 occasional permit will be waived to permit the sale of takeaway alcohol as part of a takeaway meal.
  • $1.8 million Nightclub Assistance Program payments of up to $50,000 for eligible nightclubs impacted by capacity limits and social distancing.
  • $1.3 million Performing Arts, Theatres and Cinemas Assistance Program, providing payments of up to $50,000 to provide cash flow assistance to a range of larger, indoor entertainment venues that are particularly affected by capacity constraints.

Other business support

  • $1 million Small Business Financial Counselling and Advisory Services funding to expand small business support services administered by the Department of Communities.

Waiver of Liquor Licencing fees

Getting the Show Back on the Road+

COVID-19 Business Assistance Package


Page reviewed 06 May 2022