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COVID-19 Lockdowns: Here’s How You Can Get the Support You Need

COVID-19 Lockdowns

(The information is from respective state websites and updated as of 21/07/21, 1:00 PM)

With various major states facing extended lockdowns, hospitality, retail venues, and other businesses are once again met with challenges and uncertainties. 

While some businesses have the option to shift their focus online during these tough times, we can’t ignore the impact on finances and operations these restrictions bring. Whether you’re a winery, bottleshop, restaurant or any other small business, we have summarised the latest information on government-initiated support from each state to help you navigate through this difficult situation.

 

New South Wales

2021 COVID-19 Business Grant

This is a one-off payment to help businesses, sole traders or not-for-profit organisations. Grants between $7,500 and $15,000 are available to eligible businesses. 

2021 COVID-19 micro-business support grant

This is a fortnightly payment of $1,500 for businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.

JobSaver

To help maintain staffing levels and ease tight cashflow, eligible employing businesses will receive fortnightly payments equal to 40% of weekly payroll between $1,500 and $10,000 per week while non-employing businesses can receive $1,000 each week. 

For more information, please check with Service NSW

 

Victoria

Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two

Small to medium businesses and sole traders who were impacted and received support during the recent June lockdown are eligible tor receive a top up payment amounting to $2,000.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021

Businesses with liquor license and food certificate who qualified for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fun 2021 in June will get a top up payment of $3,000. 

More information is available on Business Victoria

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South Australia

Business Support Package

A $3,000 grant will be given to businesses with a payroll of less than $10 million, an annual turnover of $75,000 or more and whose turnover is reduced by at least 30% as a result of the ongoing lockdown. Eligible non-employing businesses will also get a one-off $1,000 grant.

Liquor Licensing Fee Relief

Annual liquor licensing fees for 2020-2021 are waived for eligible businesses such as on-premise, residential, restaurant and catering, club, liquor production and sales and small venue. Businesses with a general and hotel license with a bottleshop get reduced fees while those with a bottleshop get a full waiver. 

Payroll Tax Relief

Businesses with wages up to $4 million are eligible to waive payroll tax for the period of April 2020 to June 2021 (tax return period March 2020 to May 2021). Meanwhile, businesses with wages over $4 million who were adversely impacted by restrictions are entitled to a nine-month deferral of payroll tax for the April to December 2020 return periods. 

In addition, businesses with employees who received the JobKeeper support payments between 4 January 2021 and 28 March 2021 can have payroll tax waived for wages paid for the months of January to June 2021 (for the return periods of December 2020 to May 2021).

For more details, visit SA Business Hub

 

Apart from these, the federal government is also offering COVID-19 Disaster Payment to workers in declared hotspots who have lost income due to restrictions. Eligible individuals will get a lump sum payment of $600 if they lose more than 20 hours of work or $375 if they lose between eight and 20 hours of work. The different states have also agreed to provide the same support to affected workers outside of Commonwealth-declared hotspots. 

It’s a tough time for most of us so if you can, we highly encourage everyone to support your favourite local businesses. If you’re a WINEDEPOT trade buyer or supplier currently struggling, please get in touch with us so we can try to help you in any way we can.