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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.

The Small Business Commissioner is working with the Government which is considering and implementing measures to support the South Australian community including a new $10,000 Small Business Emergency Grant.

Further details on the $10,000 Emergency Grant can be found at: https://www.treasury.sa.gov.au/Growing-South-Australia/COVID-19

Some major changes are being put in place to support small businesses in rental premises and 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 on line to maintain our support to small businesses during the Covid 19 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 - TUESDAY 26 MAY 2020

Business restrictions to ease from Monday

The State Government has brought forward the date marking Stage Two of business restrictions lifting in South Australia, with the following allowed to operate from next Monday, 1 June:

  • Gyms and indoor fitness
  • Cinemas and theatres
  • Galleries and museums
  • Beauty salons 
  • Driving lessons
  • Funerals, with up to 50 people in attendance
  • Non-contact sports 

Premier Steven Marshall also announced an increase in the number of customers allowed from next week, with businesses able to host up to 20 patrons in each distinct area of their venue, and up to 80 people allowed in a venue overall. A limit of one person per 4sqm still applies.

Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve alcohol to seated diners, with or without a meal. 

Detailed information will become available on the Roadmap to Recovery website.

Hundreds of SA businesses register for 'COVID clean' training

Over 400 South Australian businesses have already registered their interest in completing infection control training for staff as they prepare to reopen safely.

On the back of last week’s announcement that over 5,000 training places would be made available, the State Government has engaged three training providers to rollout the ‘COVID clean’ toolkit.

Time Education and Training, Open Colleges and TAFE SA are set to deliver the training from next week.

Participants will learn a range of skills, including hand hygiene practices, effective surface cleaning, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), disposal of contaminated waste, appropriate protocols and responses in the event of an incident and knowledge regarding the basis of infection and transmission.

Click here to register your interest.

Public housing upgrade blitz

Renovations for more than 1400 public housing properties across South Australia will be fast-tracked over the next few months as part of the State Government's stimulus package.

To support jobs and local business in the wake of COVID-19, $6 million of works are set to be completed next month, with the remaining $4 million to be spent early in the new financial year. Read the media release.

Applications for emergency cash grants closing soon

A reminder that the last day small businesses can apply for the State Government's $10,000 emergency cash grant is Monday, 1 June

As an employer, you may be eligible for this support if your business has an annual turnover of more than $75,000 and has been highly impacted by COVID-19 related restrictions. Learn more.

Matching job seekers with seasonal work

Since the launch of the State Government's Seasonal Jobs SA campaign last week, the new website matching job seekers with vital agriculture work is receiving more than 1,000 visits each day.

Agricultural employers looking for staff are invited to publish opportunities to this platform

Nature-based tourism boost

The State Government has opened its $5 million Nature-Based Tourism Co-Investment Fund, with grants between $20,000 and $1 million now available to help local businesses deliver sustainable and quality tourism experiences. 

Applicants are expected to contribute at least half of the total cost of their project, with grants available until June 2022. 

Other useful resources

City of Adelaide has developed a series of videos featuring local business champions addressing common questions and concerns in the wake of COVID-19. Their first video focuses on the JobKeeper Scheme, click here to view