Overview of COVID-19 key assistance programs available from the State Governments.

Australian Capital Territory

  • $3.3m for Clubs Diversification and Sustainability Support Fund to support clubs to keep staff employed
  • Subsidies for apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Rideshare, taxi plate and food registration fee waivers for 12 months
  • Hospitality six month waiver of payroll tax (PTX) from April to September 2020
  • Rebate on the fixed charge for FY20 on commercial rates for properties with AUV <$2m
  • $750 rebate for SMEs to help with power bills
  • Interest free deferrals of PTX for FY21 for businesses up to a payroll threshold of $10m
  • Business support webinars offered to discuss economic support
  • Fund to be established to provide secure work opportunities to continue employing people for cleaning, repairs and maintenance and projects
  • Rent and tenancy assistance for residential tenants, business tenants and owner-operated commercial properties
  • Eligible new homeowners will be able to apply for a stamp duty concession to live in their new property
  • 12 month waiver from 1 April 2020 for infection control licences such as beauty therapists, nail salons, tattoo parlours and dentists
  • 12 month waiver on certain food business registration, outdoor dining and liquor licensing fees for 2020 to 2021

New South Wales

  • FY20 PTX threshold limit raised to $1m
  • Range of fee waivers for SMEs including bars, cafes, restaurants and trades
  • FY20 PTX reduced by 25% for wages up to $10m
  • PTX waiver for businesses with payrolls of up to $10m for the rest of FY20 and deferral for an additional 3 months
  • Deferral of PTX for business with payrolls over $10m for six months
  • Deferral of gaming tax for clubs, pubs, hotels and lotteries tax for six months
  • Deferral of rents for six months for commercial tenants <20 employees in all Government-owned properties
  • Deferral of the parking space levy for six month
  • Land tax concession of up to 25% available and a further land tax deferral for landlords
  • Up to $50m of trade and construction licensee fees waived
  • $10,000 grants to provide relief to SMEs
  • Small Business Advisory program engaging 30 advisors to support businesses
  • $12.6m package for taxi industry
  • $50m package for NSW Arts and Culture
  • $100b infrastructure pipeline over four years to drive employment growth and help create 88,000 direct jobs, including a $3b accelerator fund
  • No stamp duty on newly-built homes below $800,000 and decrease of up to $33,000 for properties up to $1m
  • Small business recovery grant of up to $3,000 to help industries highly impacted by COVID-19 to safely relaunch operations

Northern Territory

  • Government fees and charges including electricity, water and car registration frozen (no increase due to indexation) until 1 July 2021
  • Electricity prices for SMEs (those paying regulated tariffs) frozen from 1 July 2020 (no increase due to indexation) until 1 July 2021
  • All businesses may access a $10,000 grant
  • Not for profit and community organisations may access grants of $100,000 (no co-contribution required) to $100,000 (co-contributions required) for permanent improvements to land/buildings
  • PTX abolished for six months for SMEs
  • PTX deferred for six months for large businesses
  • Power, water and sewerage bills reduced by 50% for six months for all businesses
  • Commercial tenants eligible to receive PTX and utilities bills relief
  • Grants up to $6,000 available to households and businesses for the purchase and installation of solar PV systems
  • Grants up to $20,000 available for business improvements
  • Home Improvement Scheme (HIS) funding increased from $30m to $100m
  • Support grant of between $1,000 and $15,000 for new activities that adapt or rebound businesses to operate effectively in the new economic environment


  • Up to $950m in PTX relief including refunds, payment holidays and deferrals for eligible businesses as well as a tax exemption for JobKeeper payments
  • Two month refund of payroll tax and a three-month payroll tax holiday for SMEs
  • Equipment purchase grants of up to $7,500 up to a max cost of $10,000
  • Projects grants of up to $50,000
  • Relief for businesses renting government premises
  • $500 rebate on electricity bills for SMEs consuming <100,000 kilowatt hours
  • $27.25m support recovery package for SME, industry and student support and counselling
  • Irrigation prices frozen for 2020/21 and dam safety costs absorbed by Government to support farmers
  • Package that supports the survival and revival of Queensland’s explorers to maintain pipeline of resources projects and jobs
  • Additional $500m made available for 12 month interest free loans for COVID-19 affected businesses
  • $200 rebate for all 2.1m Queensland homes to offset the cost of water and electricity
  • $400m in support for retail and commercial tenants, delivered as land tax relief and payment referrals
  • $15m airline route support to support and encourage domestic tourism spend across Queensland
  • $8.93m national parks works and jobs boost to provide visitor infrastructure upgrades and enhancements to reenergise nature-based tourism

South Australia

  • $100m committed to the Economic and Business Growth Fund
  • Two new funds established with $550m to support business, jobs and communities
  • PTX waiver for businesses with payrolls of up to $4m for six months
  • PTX deferral for businesses, impacted by COVID-19, with payrolls >$4m for six months
  • Land tax deferral of remaining FY20 for six months
  • Relaxation of the existing Job Accelerator Grant criteria
  • Businesses whose employees qualify for JobKeeper payments will be exempt from paying any payroll tax on the wage subsidy
  • Rent relief for tourism / hospitality sites on Crown Land
  • $10,000 emergency cash grants for SMEs and NFP impacted by COVID-19
  • Grants from $50,000 to $2m for projects that generate new economic activity in regional areas
  • Residential and SME commercial tenants may access a 25% reduction on land tax liability
  • $5m co-investment fund to fast track recovery of nature-based tourism
  • $500,000 support to SA exporters in transitioning to online operations
  • Businesses with a turnover <$500m will be able to deduct 50% of the cost of an eligible asset on installation, with existing depreciation rules applying to the balance of the asset’s cost
  • SME Guarantee Scheme to provide eligible lenders with funding to help businesses access working capital


  • Interest free SME business loans
  • PTX waived for hospitality, tourism and seafood industries to end of FY20
  • Payment terms by Government agencies will be reduced from 30 days to 14 days
  • Lease, license and parks’ fee waivers for tourism operators
  • SMEs can apply for a waiver of PTX
  • Grants immediately available for seafood, tourism, retail, hospitality, arts, entertainments, and fitness
  • Businesses with <$10m turnover may access loans from $20,000 to $250,000
  • One-off grant of up to $2,500 to support business continuity
  • Registration freeze for up to 12 months for light and heavy vehicles
  • Registration waived for heavy vehicles >4.5 tonnes for up to 12 months
  • Freeze on rent increases for residential tenants
  • Financial support for transitioning to online business
  • $150m government loan scheme for infrastructure projects
  • Technology grants for mental health, drug and alcohol service providers
  • Mental health hotline introduced to support Tasmanians
  • Additional support to taxi services such as waived registration fees
  • PTX waivers on JobKeeper payments
  • $10,000 grants for RSL sub-branches and ex-serving organisations
  • $25,000 grants to help RSLs and other organisations provide a new service or program to meet needs due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • $100,000 support package for regional chambers of commerce
  • Introduction of Building and Construction reform amendments to ensure a more timely regulatory approval process
  • Two year blitz to generate $3.1b in construction value and around 15,000 jobs
  • Explorer Support Package will help boost the mining and mineral processing sector by suspending payments on licences and waiving application fees
  • Grants of $5,000 available to assist small businesses in hard-hit sectors
  • $1.5m funding and introduction of new operational measures of >$2m to support the individuals and organisations leading Tasmania’s cultural sectors
  • $20m will be established for initial emergency grant payments of $2,500 to business in a variety of industries including those in the arts sector


  • Up to $1m for training and support and up to $0.5m in business grants to develop e-commerce and online services
  • Businesses can apply for direct grants
  • Fee waiver for street trading and outdoor dining areas, and other permits
  • Full PTX refunds for FY20 for SMEs with payroll <$3m
  • PTX deferred for the first three months of the FY21 until 1 January 2021 for SMEs with payroll <$3m
  • Commercial tenants in government buildings can apply for rent relief
  • Land tax payments for 2020 will be deferred for eligible small businesses
  • Government will fast track payment of supplier invoices
  • $14m support package for Victoria’s wildlife attractions to ensure continued operations and job preservation
  • Rent relief to liquor licenced venues with annual turnover <$50m that are not covered by the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme
  • $16.8m package provided immediately to support to Victorian creative organisations and individuals to sustain employment, develop new works and provide opportunities for creative community participation.
  • Dedicated taskforce to help keep the state’s building and development industry running
  • $491m tax relief provided for businesses participating in the JobKeeper scheme, with new exemptions for payroll tax and WorkCover premiums
  • $17m in funding provided for disability support
  • $150m support package for sport, tourism and creative industries
  • Universities to be supported through $350m fund and $110m in payroll tax deferrals
  • Deferred collection of rent and annual fees to support mines, quarries and exploration companies
  • 10,000 more Free TAFE places, and expand Free TAFE to include new full qualifications linked to jobs and government priorities
  • Stamp duty discounts on first homes under $750,000 and stamp duty waived completely on homes under $600,000
  • Regional Victoria business forced to close as part of stage three restrictions will be eligible for a $5,000 grant
  • Metropolitan businesses forced to close as part of stage four restrictions are eligible for a $10,000 grant
  • Businesses affected by stage four lockdown can now access JobKeeper based on prospective financial impacts (previously based on historical performance)
  • Employees that do not have access to sick leave, will be eligible for a $1,500 payment

Western Australia

  • Businesses that pay PTX will receive a one-off grant of $17,500
  • $1m PTX threshold brought forward by six months to 1 July 2020
  • Impacted businesses can defer PTX until 31 July 2020
  • $114m in measures to support Western Australian small and medium businesses
  • Taxi assistance payments and waived renewal fees for next 12 months
  • Private sector employees, including casual staff, can be granted up to two weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave to cover periods they are required to self-isolate by government or medical authorities
  • Reduced electricity bills and license fees waived for SMEs
  • $500m for health and other frontline service delivery towards increasing PPE supply and medical equipment
  • Monthly payments to employers of apprentices and trainees in the construction workforce
  • $154.5m rent relief package to support tenants and landlords
  • Rent waived for tenants of buildings owned by government agencies
  • 6 month moratorium on evictions for businesses
  • Freeze on rent increases
  • Grants available for crisis relief organisations, community groups and NFP
  • Government will fast track payment of supplier invoices
  • Major projects fast-tracked to support jobs
  • $235,000 allocated to support regional chambers of commerce
  • $100m lending facility created to support local governments and universities
  • Tourism industry and jobs to be supported through $14.4m funding package
  • Grants for impacted not-for-profit and community groups across the Kimberley
  • Resources export hubs established to assist SME recovery from COVID-19
  • Access to free training for apprentices and trainees
  • $444m housing stimulus package
  • Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive providing employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee
  • $125m Building Bonus package to increase activity in the residential building sector
  • $116m Regional Land Booster package to create regional jobs and assist regional businesses to recover from COVID-19
  • $57m package for the training sector that will deliver 15 free short courses and decrease TAFE fees