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Individual and Business Lockdown Support

Information from Tara Cheyne MLA

A jointly funded package from the Commonwealth and the ACT Governments will give support to small and medium businesses in the Territory who have been impacted by the lockdown measures introduced by the ACT Government in response to positive cases in the community.


The ACT COVID-19 Business Support Grant will deliver grants of $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses where those businesses’ turnover has declined by 30% or more as a result of the COVID 19 health restrictions.


The package will be split on a 50/50 basis between the Commonwealth and the ACT Governments, with the Territory government to administer the program.


The grants will be available to local businesses that have experienced at least a 30 per cent reduction in turnover in the week defined as Friday 13 August - Friday 20 August 2021 (compared to the prior 7-day period) due to restricted trading conditions.


This is a similar arrangement that has been in place for businesses in other jurisdictions impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns.


We want to protect jobs during this period, and it was important that the ACT and the Commonwealth were able to come together quickly and have this package ready for businesses that may be worried about their future as a result of this lockdown.

Should the lockdown in the ACT be extended beyond this seven day period, further jointly funded support programs will be considered.

You can express your interest in this scheme here: https://form.act.gov.au/smartforms/servlet/SmartForm.html...


In addition to this joint package, the ACT Government will also open a COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Scheme, where eligible ACT businesses can apply for credits on the cost of eligible fees and charges of up to $10,000 (inclusive of GST) per ABN.

This program will provide credits for payroll tax, utilities, rates and certain business licences for small to medium businesses that can demonstrate a 30% loss in revenue. Small businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $10 million per annum can apply.

You can express your interest in this scheme here: https://form.act.gov.au/smartforms/servlet/SmartForm.html...


In addition to the above packages, claims for the Federal Government's COVID-19 Disaster Payment for people in the ACT affected by the lockdown will open on 20 August.

Those eligible will receive $750 per week if they have lost 20 or more hours of work, and $450 per week if they have lost between eight and less than 20 hours of work or a full day of work.

People currently receiving an income support payment can also claim an extra payment of $200 if they have lost eight hours or more of work and meet the other eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

The quickest and easiest way to claim is online through myGov when claims open on 20 August.

More info on that payment is here: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/.../covid-19...


More details on ACT support for small business is here: https://www.act.gov.au/business/business-support

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