South Australia COVID-19 Business and Income Support

21 July 2021

Business Support Package

The new Business Support Package will assist an estimated 50,000 eligible* SMEs across the state, including restaurants, cafes, hotels, and tour and experience operators, affected by the new restrictions to help stop the spread of the highly-contagious COVID-19 Delta variant.

Grants will help businesses cover ongoing operating costs such as rent, power bills, supplier costs and other fees, and help them to re-open when restrictions ease.

The major support package also includes a new $1,000 cash grant for eligible** small businesses who don’t employ staff (e.g. non-employing sole traders).


How to access business support:


*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.


Income relief for individuals

The Commonwealth assistance – now matched by the State Government to extend state-wide – includes weekly lump sum payments of $375 for workers who lose between eight and 19 hours of work a week, and $600 for those who lose 20 or more hours. The payments are made in arrears on an ongoing weekly basis so long as the hotspot definition and the lockdown requirements remain in place.

Today’s State Government announcement means these payments will be matched and made available to South Australians state-wide. These payments will be paid in arrears for the lockdown and anyone affected can apply through myGOV from Wednesday, 28 July.


How to access individual income relief:

Details about how to claim the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment (including the matching income support payment for eligible SA individuals outside the Commonwealth declared hotspots) will soon be available on the Services Australia website.