COVID-19 support for tourism industry
Financial assistance is available for South Australian businesses and individuals which were affected by the state-wide 7-day lockdown in July.
Further financial support is also available for small and medium businesses in eligible industry sectors in SA that experienced a decline in turnover of 30 per cent or more over a two-week period as a result of the COVID-19 trading restrictions introduced from 28 July, 2021.
For information on this financial support, read on below:
Business Support Package
The Business Support Package was introduced to assist small and medium businesses across the state, including restaurants, cafes, hotels, and tour and experience operators, affected by the lockdown restrictions in July.
Grants aimed to help businesses cover operating costs such as rent, power bills, supplier costs and other fees, while the 7-day lockdown was in place.
The major support package also included a $1,000 cash grant for eligible** small businesses that don’t employ staff (e.g. non-employing sole traders).
How to access business support:
- Applications for the Business Support Grant must be submitted by 11:59pm, 30 September 2021. Details at: treasury.sa.gov.au
*To be eligible for the one-off $3,000 emergency cash grant, a business must, as at 12:01am Tuesday 20 July 2021:
- Be located within South Australia
- Have an annual turnover of $75,000 or more in 2020-21 or 2019-20, and be registered for GST
- Employ people in South Australia
- Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in 2019-20
- Have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN)
- Experienced at least a 30 per cent reduction (compared to the week prior) in turnover due to the restricted trading conditions
**To be eligible for the one-off $1,000 emergency cash grant, a non-employing business must meet the criteria listed above excluding the requirement to employ people.
Additional Business Support Grant
A jointly-funded package by the Commonwealth and State Governments will support an estimated 19,000 local businesses in eligible industries – including tourism, hospitality and performing arts.
The package includes:
- $3,000 cash grants for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses (e.g. sole traders) in eligible industry sectors that experienced a decline in turnover of 30 per cent or more over a two-week period as a result of the COVID trading restrictions introduced from 28 July, 2021
- An additional CBD grant of $1,000 for eligible businesses (employing and non-employing) with a commercial premise in the Adelaide CBD (postcode 5000), in recognition of the increased impact on city businesses as a result of people working from home.
For details, see treasury.gov.au.
Major Events Support Grant
Grants of up to $100,000 are available for eligible events that were either cancelled, or suffered a significant financial loss, as a result of having to be cancelled or postponed due to SA’s COVID-19 lockdown in July or further restrictions to 4 August.
For details, see treasury.gov.au.
Income relief for individuals
Weekly lump sum payments of $375 for workers who lost between eight and 19 hours of work a week, and $600 for those who lost 20 or more hours from SA's lockdown in July are available.
How to access individual income relief:
- State Government payments will be paid in arrears for the lockdown and anyone affected can apply through myGOV.
- Details about how to claim the Federal Government's COVID-19 Disaster Payment (for those living in Commonwealth declared hotspots) are available on the Services Australia website.
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
Support is also available for South Australians who can't earn an income because they must self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with COVID-19. Information about the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is available at the Services Australia website.