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COVID-19 IMPACTS ON SMALL BUSINESS

Every business is being affected by Covid-19/Coronavirus with impacts on customers, staff and supply chains.

Major changes are being put in place to support small businesses in rental premises, please refer to updates on our website www.sasbc.sa.gov.au for information.

Businesses facing particular issues or disputes in terms of their banks, their rental premises, suppliers or other business parties, are encouraged to contact our office on sasbc@sa.gov.au   

One of our staff will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your issue.

Our office specialises in alternative dispute resolution and we will endeavour to work with the parties to find a resolution. 

If you have a dispute please lodge online here.

We are working online to maintain our support to small businesses during the Covid19 pandemic.

Please see our Youtube videos for our recent webinar events which provide  information on how to manage your business through this difficult period. 

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is ready to assist small businesses with taxation concerns, visit their website Dealing with disasters.

In relation to staffing and industrial relations matters please refer to your business or industry association which include Business SA, Australian Industry Group, Master Builders Association, Housing Industry Association, Australian Hotels Association, Restaurant and Caterers Association, Motor Trade Association Primary Producers SA who should be able to assist.

Alternatively the Fair Work Ombudsman has a help line to deal with pay and industrial relations matters on 13 13 94 or their website www.fairwork.gov.au.

For further information on financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the Commonwealth Government’s support for businesses visit the business.sa.gov.au website.  

For workplace wellbeing, please visit our information page here.

The South Australian Government passed the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (the COVID Act) on 8 April 2020 and accompanying Regulations have been effected on 16 April 2020.
The Act and Regulations  makes various temporary modifications of the law of the State in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including stopping evictions.

Latest updates provided by Department for Innovation and Skills
THURSDAY 30 JULY 2020

Interstate travel update

With the current outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria, the South Australian Government is tightening the rules around travel from the state.

From Wednesday 29 July, the only people allowed to travel from Victoria to South Australia are essential travellers, with South Australian residents no longer permitted to return.

Visit the SA Police website to view categories of essential traveller, how to prove your status, and to complete a Cross Border Form.

Visitors from New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in South Australia, and undertake two COVID-19 tests, within 24 hours of arrival and again 12 days later. 

Visitors from all other states and territories are welcome in South Australia without a quarantine requirement. However, all travellers must complete a Cross Border Form before arrival. 

For all current travel advice and information, visit SA.GOV.AU

COVID-Clean Training

Customer-facing businesses are still able to enrol in the government subsidised COVID-Clean training course, equipping workers with the skills and knowledge to operate safely in the COVID-19 environment. 

Check out this InDaily article on the benefits, including comments from those who have already completed the accredited training

Supporting vocational education and training

In April, the South Australian Government launched the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Market Continuity Package providing immediate financial relief to the state's training sector.

This $16 million investment ensured our VET system was effectively positioned to support industry skill demand in the COVID-19 economic recovery period. 

The first phase of this support has now concluded. From July, contracted training providers continuing to experience detrimental impacts as a result of COVID-19 can apply for further assistance, up to 30 September 2020.

The Department for Innovation and Skills will work with applicants to assess available supports and opportunities on a strictly confidential basis. For further information and to apply, visit the Training Provider website.

Free financial counselling for drought-affected businesses

Small businesses in drought-affected regions are able to access free financial counselling as part of the State Government's Drought Support Package

Delivered by Rural Business Support, participants can arrange a meeting with a financial counsellor (online or in person) who can help them understand their financial position, identify options and implement plans to improve viability.

To be eligible to access the service, regional and rural small businesses must employ 19 or fewer people, be experiencing financial hardship or be at imminent risk of financial hardship and be located in a drought-affected area.

For more information on the Small Business Financial Counselling Program visit the Rural Business Support website

JobKeeper update

The revised JobKeeper scheme will begin from the end of September, with participating businesses still experiencing a 30 per cent or more drop in turnover eligible for the following wage subsidies: 

From 28 September 2020: $1200 a fortnight for full-time workers and $750 for part-time workers (<20 hours per fortnight).

From 4 January to 28 March 2021: $1000 a fortnight for full-time workers and $650 for part-time workers (<20 hours per fortnight).

For the latest information on the JobKeeper Payments and eligibility criteria, visit the Australian Treasury website

Apprentice & trainee wage subsidy extended

The Australian Government has extended the period for which apprentices or trainees will attract a 50 per cent wage subsidy

Part of the recent JobTrainer announcement supporting skill creation, eligible employers will be able to claim the subsidy for wages paid until 31 March 2021. 

A reminder that SA's Department for Innovation and Skills is available to help your business connect with training organisations, access course subsidies and financial support, and manage training contracts throughout the COVID-19 period.

Amazon Australia opens business grant

Applications are now open for the Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grants, with packages worth $80,000 to be awarded to five Australian startups, entrepreneurs and SMEs. 

Recipients will recieve a $20K cash grant, access to mentoring, networking and investment opportunities, tech support and advertisement credits. Apply before 24 August. 

Small business grants to improve energy efficiency 

Commonwealth Government grants of up to $20,000 are now available for small businesses to undertake projects designed to improve energy efficiency. 

Eligible activities include replacing existing machinery with higher-efficiency equipment, or carrying out energy audits.

Applications close 26 August. Visit business.gov.au to learn more. 

Supplying to Government

The Industry Advocate has launched the Supplying to Government Magazine, which will be a quarterly guide to upcoming contracts with the Government of South Australia.

The publication also provides advice on navigating the government procurement process and where to go for help. Click here to view the first edition.

Other helpful resources

McKinsey & Company have launched a new podcast series to empower corporate entrepreneurs with the playbook to design, build, and scale new businesses. Listen to The Venture

City of Adelaide's Adelaide Living Podcast is also now available for streaming, featuring local business leaders and social commentators.