The NSW Government announced a major new grants package and changes to the Dine & Discover program to help tens of thousands of small businesses and people across NSW impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.
The package includes grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 for small businesses, payroll tax deferrals for all employers, an extension of the Dine & Discover program to 31st August and the ability for people to use Dine & Discover vouchers for takeaway delivered directly to their home by the venue itself.
Three different grant amounts will be available for small businesses depending on the decline in turnover experienced during the restrictions – $10,000 for a 70% decline, $7,000 for a 50% decline and $5,000 for a 30% decline.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the new grants would be available across NSW.
“This latest outbreak has coincided with school holidays when a lot of regional areas were counting on more visitors to help boost local economies,” he said.
The grants will be divided into two streams:
1. Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant. Available to businesses and sole traders with a turnover of more than$75,000 per annum but below the NSW Government 2020 21 payroll tax threshold of $1,200,000 as at 1st July 2020. These businesses must have fewer than 20 full time equivalent employees and an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in NSW or be able to demonstrate they are physically located and primarily operating in NSW.
2. Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 Support Grant. Available to tourism or hospitality businesses that have a turnover of more than $75,000 and an annual Australian wages bill of below $10 million, as at 1st July 2020. These business must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in NSW or be able to demonstrate they are physically located and primarily operating in NSW.
Dine & Discover vouchers will be able to be used for takeaway from eligible and registered Dine businesses. Delivery direct to the home by the restaurant or café is recommended. Food may be picked up from venue but check in with QR code is required More information available on the Service NSW website.