NSW Government

NSW STATE GOVERNMENT BUSINESS SUPPORT

Last updated 17 August 2020

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SUPPORT MEASURES

The NSW Government has announced a variety of initiatives to support businesses as a result of COVID-19, these include:

COURT PROCEEDINGS

Revenue NSW will not be listing any new Court Attendance Notices or Court Elections from 23 March 2020 until 1 October 2020, click here for more information.

CREATE NSW INITIATIVE & FUNDING

To support independent artists, small to medium arts, and screen and cultural organisations impacted by COVID-19, Create NSW is implementing a number of measures. This includes accommodation assistance, new support for creatives to engage with online platforms and a suite of initiatives.

Click here for more information.

CREATING A COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN

To keep workers, visitors and customers safe, your business needs to follow health and hygiene rules to keep COVID-19 out of your workplace.

One of the requirements is to create a COVID-19 Safety Plan. If your business is eligible to reopen, or increase operations, find out what you need to do and what to include in your COVID-19 Safety Plan. Plan requirements vary for different industries.

Click here to find the guidelines for your industry.

E-LEARNING PLATFORM

The NSW Government established a new e-learning platform which will incorporate new courses, training offers and resources. The training courses are available to upskill your team with flexible online learning modules, click here to browse the available resources.

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES REGISTRATION SCHEME

The NSW Government is seeking expressions of interest from NSW businesses who can supply or make components of urgently needed medical equipment and sanitation aids, including:

    • Hand sanitiser
    • Examination gloves
    • Disinfectant and cleaning products
    • Handwash and soap
    • Masks
    • Eyewear
    • Gowns and protective overalls
    • Paper products, including toilet and tissue paper

The supply constraints affecting personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectant are expected to continue for at least 12 months.

Click here to find out more.

GAMING MACHINE TAX

Clubs and hotels will have their gaming machine tax payments deferred from March 2020 until 1 September 2020.

Find out more on the NSW Government Revenue website.

HEALTH ADVICE & MENTAL WELLBEING

    • Visit the Department of Primary Industries COVID webportal to access a range of information about your health and the health of your workers, including the latest health advice from NSW Health in relation to the spread and clinical management of the virus.
    • Visit the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health to listen to a great podcast about COVID-19 and your mental health.

LIQUOR & GAMING LICENCE FEE RELIEF

Businesses like restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, hotels, bottle shops (with three or less outlets) and most other licensed venues will benefit from the following being waived:

    • New liquor licence application fees and pro-rata liquor licence fees.
    • Annual liquor licence base fees and trading hours risk loading fees.

Compliance risk loadings will not be waived, but deferred and included as part of 2021-2022 annual liquor licence fees.

Fee waivers for these licences start from 1 April. Click here for more information.

LOTTERIES & KENO

Lotteries and Keno payments will be deferred from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020.

Find out more on the NSW Government Revenue website.

NSW DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES (DPI)

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Primary Industries Liaison Team is continuing to support and inform primary producers and industry affected by the impacts and challenges of COVID-19.

Contact the Primary Industries Liaison Team directly at covidinfo@dpi.nsw.gov.au to ask about individual business or industry circumstances. Some key topics the Liaison team is currently working on include:

    • Is my industry essential? State and Federal Governments have devised health orders to restrict the spread of COVID-19. These measures, designed to keep ALL Australians safe, are showing early signs of success. A group of industries and activities which are NOT permitted have been identified and ordered to close. If your industry is not on that list assume you can continue business as usual, while observing social distancing and hygiene practices as much as is practicable.
    • Issue of movement and care for companion animals. This includes veterinary and allied services.
    • Safe operation of meat processors. DPI is working with meat processors and industry groups to ensure animal welfare in the unlikely event of a plant shutdown. This includes both red meat and poultry processors.
    • Management of seasonal workers. We are working with industry to devise appropriate procedures for cross border movement of persons employed, or moving to be employed, in agriculture. This will not only provide adequate labour for harvest but also keep regional areas safer from COVID-19 exposure. 

DPI WEBPORTAL

Visit the COVID-19 webportal on the NSW DPI website for the latest updates and information for producers and industry. 

The webportal is structured around cross-industry challenges, and shares the pathways and information provided by DPI to overcome these. Since launch, the COVID-19 webportal has had in excess of 142,000 views.

Visit the webportal for regularly updated information, including:

    • Worker support and availability – The State Government is considering a process that will allow the safe movement of workers to regional areas to maintain production, especially in the horticultural industry. This will include forms for employee declaration on COVID status. 
    • Availability of air freight – A new $110 million initiative will back Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sector by helping them export their high-quality produce into key overseas markets. More information can be found here.
    • Continued advice to food businesses – There is no evidence to date to suggest that food is a source or route of transmission of the virus. For more information on COVID-19 and its impacts on food businesses and consumers visit the NSW Food Authority.
    • Guidance on maintaining animal welfare – It is your responsibility to protect the welfare of animals in your care at all times. In NSW the welfare of animals is protected by legislation, primarily the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTA). To find out more click here.
    • Recreational fishing and hunting advice – Recreational fishing is permitted but it is important that we comply with the social distancing guidelines when doing exercise or that we only exercise with members of our own household.

NEW TOOLS HELPING FARMERS SECURE JOBKEEPER PAYMENTS

    • In response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government has introduced the JobKeeper Payment Scheme to assist affected businesses.
    • In response, NSW DPI has developed three options to assist producers and/or their advisors determine the non-drought period. These resources and further information will be available on the COVID-19 webportal.
    • Eligibility for businesses is contingent on the impact to aggregated turnover during the COVID-19 response.
    • For some primary producers, this is difficult to assess as many are experiencing the combined impact of drought, COVID-19 and in some situations, bushfires. To address this issue and assist producers, the ATO ruling allows businesses to compare COVID-19 aggregated turnover against a recent non-drought period.

PARKING SPACE LEVY

Parking space levy payments will be deferred until 30 September 2020.

Find out more on the NSW Government Revenue website.

PAYROLL TAX CHANGES

    • The tax-free threshold has increased from $900,000 to $1 million.
    • Payroll tax payments for all businesses has been deferred for six months.
    • Businesses with payrolls of $10 million or less will also be eligible for a 25 per cent reduction in their annual liabilities for 2019-20, when they complete their annual reconciliation

Click here for more information.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT NEEDS

    • Under WHS law, all employers and businesses are required to manage the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace.
    • The NSW Government has set up the PPE supplies portal for industry and the community to ensure that supply of PPE is available and accessible. On the portal, you can access a list of over 200 suppliers who have registered an interest or ability to supply PPE, and you can search for suppliers by postcode or service area. This will be a good first point of call for any industry stakeholders who are struggling to source PPE through their usual channels.
    • SafeWork NSW can provide advice on workplace health and safety, and COVID-19 information available on their website.

PERSONALISED BUSINESS SUPPORT

Get guidance for your business with the Business Concierge service. The Business Concierge can help you if your business has been impacted by the NSW bushfires and/or COVID-19. The concierge can:

    • Help you with regulation requirements.
    • Identify licenses and permits your business needs.
    • Deal with Councils & agencies.
    • Connect you to support and advice.

Call on 13 77 88, Monday to Friday, 7:00am – 7:00pm (Sydney time).
If you can’t call 1300 numbers, call +61 2 8894 1555.

RENTING GOVERNMENT OWNED PROPERTIES

Deferral of rents for 6 months for commercial tenants with less than 20 employees in all Government-owned properties.

SAFEWORK NSW MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK

For information about the things employers can do to minimise workplace mental health strain for employees during COVID-19, including how to support employees who are working remotely, visit COVID-19 pandemic and Mental health at work.

SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY GRANT

If your small business or not-for-profit organisation has experienced a decline in turnover as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible for a small business recovery grant of between $500 and $3000.

This grant helps small businesses meet the costs of safely reopening or up-scaling operations. Click here to learn more.

SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY GUIDE

NSW Government has put together a Get Back to Business guide for businesses recovering from disaster. Take a look at the guide for an insight into the process of recovery and steps your small business should take. Click here to download the free guide.