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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 19 NOVEMBER 2020

 

Six-day lockdown: 
Restrictions imposed in response to Adelaide's COVID cluster


South Australia has implemented a 'circuit breaker' which began 12:01am today, 19 November 2020, and aims to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

For the next six days, South Australians are required to stay home, with all businesses except those providing essential services to temporarily close. Schools, universities, and other educational facilities will also close. 

A current list of essential businesses that are permitted to remain operational to maintain critical services only has been published at covid-19.sa.gov.au/response.

We understand for some businesses there may be specific questions in relation to what is an essential service under the current restrictions.

We have been in contact with many businesses affected by these restrictions, and are working closely with SA Health and other government agencies to monitor latest advice and updates as they come to hand.

Authorities are continuing to work through the business impacts of the restrictions and will provide additional information once it is available. 

SAPOL has published the Emergency Management (Stay at Home - COVID-19) Direction 2020, which details which essential services and businesses may continue to operate throughout this six-day period. 

We will be updating our Frequently Asked Questions when more information is available, please use our contact form or call our office so that we can consider your question: business.sa.gov.au/contact.

Small business support grants

Small businesses and not-for-profits impacted by COVID-19 restrictions may be eligible for the State Government’s second round of cash grants.

  • Grants of $10,000 are available for small businesses that employ staff receiving the JobKeeper wage, and not-for-profits.
  • Grants of $3000 are available to businesses without employees, operating from a commercial premises. 

Learn more and apply before 14 December 2020.

Explore support for South Australian businesses

A reminder that you can access information about financial and other supports tailored toward the South Australian business community at business.sa.gov.au