Business support during Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)
In response to COVID-19, Council is working to ensure the local business community is supported, well informed and knows where to access advice and financial support.
Council has established a COVID-19 business assistance support team focused on supporting local businesses. This team has developed a small business relief package which offers approximately $1 million per month in financial relief.
We are also liaising with the Bondi & Districts Chamber of Commerce to understand business needs as the situation evolves. We encourage those who have specific needs or practical ideas or suggestions to please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are wanting information about government assistance that's available for individuals and households, please see here. The Australian Government has also launched a COVID-19 app which provides a trusted source of information and updates on the developing situation. Updates from the government are also available via WhatsApp.
Waverley Council Support
To help businesses in Waverley, Council has developed a relief package with immediate short-term support measures to assist small businesses operating in the local government area.
Measures in the package include:
- Relaxed conditions of consent for restaurants to enable trade as takeaway-only services.
- Footpath seating fees will be waived as these paths are no longer able to be used.
- Health, hygiene, licensing and fire safety inspections fees will be waived to all small business in the local government area. Inspections will still be carried out.
- Fee waivers will be applied to outdoor fitness permits and to community markets (such as Bondi Junction Mall, Carl Jeppesen Place and Roscoe St Mall).
- On-street parking in commercial centres will focus on infringements where community safety access is a risk.
- Mobile vendor licence fees will be waived.
- Commercial waste fees and charges to be adjusted to level of service. Customers can also apply for extended credit terms during the pandemic period.
- Commercial rent support for small businesses who operated out of Council-owned assets. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- Council will pay its small business suppliers promptly within 15 days payment terms.
- Extended credit on certain fees and charges small businesses owe to Council with a suspension of interest charges.
- Financial hardship policy which will review and implement a process for considering applications for other forms of assistance, including deferred rate payments with no interest charge.
- Relaxed operating hours for all supermarkets and grocers to ensure a continual supply and restock of products.
- Continuation of Council’s current capital works program of over $50 million per annum through to June 2021 to support employment in the construction sector.
- Council procurement from local suppliers if consistent with statutory procurement regulations and prescribed delegations.
- “Buy Local” publicity campaign via Council communication channels and the Bondi & Districts Chamber of Commerce.
To find out more about the relief package, see here.
Federal Government Support
The Federal Government Economic Stimulus Package is focused on keeping Australians in jobs and helping small businesses stay in business.
JobKeeper Payment for employers and employees
Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by COVID-19 will be able to access a subsidy from the government to continue paying their employees. Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months. For information on eligibility and how to apply, see here.
Other measures of the government's stimulus package include:
- Boosting cash flow for employers: Up to $100,000 (previously $25,000) to eligible small and medium-sized businesses, and not-for-profits (including charities) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000. Small and medium sized business entities with aggregated annual turnover under $50 million and that employ workers are eligible. Click here for eligibility criteria.
- Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme: A guarantee of 50 per cent to small and medium enterprise (SME) lenders for new unsecured loans up to the value of $250,000 to be used for working capital. Click here for terms.
- Supporting apprentices and trainees: If you employ an apprentice or trainee you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage paid from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. You can register for the subsidy from early April 2020. Click here for eligibility criteria.
- Increasing the Instant Asset write-off: This threshold has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000 up to value from 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2020, for new or second‑hand assets first used or installed ready for use in this timeframe. Click here for eligibility criteria.
- Backing Business Investment: A time limited 15 month investment incentive to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by acccelerating depreciation deductions. Deduction of 50% of the cost of an eligible asset on installation, with existing depreciation rules applying to the balance of the asset’s cost. Click here for eligibility criteria.
- Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses: A temporary increase to the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a company and the time companies have to respond to statutory demands they receive. This includes temporary relief for directors from any personal liability for trading while insolvent.Click here for details of the package.
- Support for existing government program participants and applicants: If you're an existing government program grantee and have been impacted by the coronavirus, you may be eligible to seek additional time to meet your reporting obligations or to complete your project. Click here for more information.
For more information, click here.
State Government Support
On 27 March, the NSW Government announced further measures to support jobs and businesses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping people in jobs and helping businesses stay afloat
- The creation of a $1 billion Working for NSW fund to sustain business, create new jobs and retrain employees. The fund is already being put into action with 1000 new staff for Service NSW announced this week to be funded by the program. Register your interest.
- Deferral of payroll tax for business with payrolls over $10 million for six months (up to $4 billion deferred). Businesses with payrolls of $10 million or less received a three-month waiver on payroll tax in the first package. These businesses will now get an additional three-month deferral as well. Check eligibility criteria.
- Deferral of gaming machine tax for clubs, pubs and hotels for six months, which includes payments due for the most recent quarter and payments due for the coming quarter.
- Deferral of duty on lotteries and keno for six months. These deferrals will include payments due from April 2020 to September 2020.
- Deferral of the parking space levy for six months.
- Deferral of rents for six-months for commercial and not-for-profit tenants with less than 20 employees in all Government-owned properties.
NSW Stimulus package for business support and jobs announced 17 March and includes:
- $1.6 billion in tax relief for small businesses to help save jobs as the state braces for the economic impact of the virus.
- $450 million to waive payroll tax for the next three months for businesses with payrolls of up to $10 million.
- $80 million to waiver range of fees and charges for small businesses including bars, cafes, restaurants and trades people
For more information, click here.
Business Council of Australia
The Business Council of Australia has listed how some of their members are assisting small businesses and individuals. Find their support here.
For FAQs on consumer and business rights during COVID-19:
- Event cancellations
- Travel cancellations
- Pricing and price gouging
- Availability of ordered and/or stock items
- Rental issues overseas students
- Health and travel advice
For more information, click here.
Talk to us
As this situation evolves, we want to hear from you. Council wants to know what your issues or concerns are and if you have any ideas on how we can support small business in this time. Please email us at email@example.com and we will get back to you.