Small business lockdown grants open

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Grants applications are now open for businesses affected by the Anzac Day snap lockdown.

The Anzac Day long weekend snap lockdown came as a shock to Western Australians, also hitting businesses hard.

Today, the West Australian Government announced that it will make $2,000 payments available to assist with costs incurred…

The Government said:

Businesses affected by the restrictions are now able to apply on the Small Business Development Corporation’s website http://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au, with the first payments expected next month.

Western Australian Government

“About 15,000 businesses are expected to qualify, including hospitality, catering and staging, fitness, hair and beauty, and creative and performing arts.”

In a statement, the WA Government said the “one-off $2,000 payment will provide assistance to eligible businesses with an Australia-wide payroll of less than $4 million that have a valid ABN and are registered for GST purposes, with a turnover of more than $75,000.”

So, startups could qualify, depending on the sector they are in? Looks like.

Additionally, “businesses must have incurred losses of perishable goods, cancellations, or other unforeseen costs as a result of the lockdown. Upon request, businesses must be able to demonstrate losses and retain relevant records for at least 12 months.”

A list of eligible industries include:

  • cafés and restaurants;
  • catering services;
  • pubs, taverns, bars and nightclubs;
  • accommodation and sightseeing;
  • health and fitness centres and gyms;
  • sport and physical recreation (instruction);
  • hairdressing and beauty services;
  • florists;
  • cinemas;
  • bakeries;
  • clubs (hospitality);
  • specialised food retail;
  • food wholesalers;
  • creative industries and performing arts venues; and
  • event equipment hire.

For more information, please visit the Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grants website.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided is general only and does not consider your personal or business circumstances. Please seek your own independent and professional advice if and where required.