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Keep up to date with the Office of the Small Business Commissioner News and other information relating to small business.

New Support Package for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Restrictions


 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact, in particular to small businesses, the South Australian Government has introduced the ‘COVID-19 Support Fund’. The fund is designed to support a range of businesses and community organisations during the COVID-19 restrictions, specifically those put in place from 27 December 2021.

A series of new grants will be available under the fund to eligible businesses across the state’s tourism, hospitality, gym/fitness, and major events industries, as well as those in other industries experiencing similar hardship.

South Australian Treasurer Rob Lucas announced that initial automatic cash grants of up to $11,000 will be paid to eligible tourism and hospitality businesses as well as gyms.

Further grants will be available on application for businesses experiencing 30 to 50 per cent reduction in turnover in the two-week period commencing 27 December 2021 to 9 January 2022.  The support package also includes a deferral of payroll tax payments and waiving of liquor licence fees for six months for eligible hospitality businesses.

Click here for important eligibility, application, and payment information for the Grants available.

South Australian Small Business COVID Ready Plan



Business restrictions are currently in place in South Australia. For the latest health advice visit SA Health


For the latest COVID-19 advice you are strongly advised to visit


There is also a hotline on 1800 253 787 that will provide you with the latest updates as the State opens up for business. 

Check that you're doing the right things to ensure the safety of your staff, customers and community - refer to the trusted resources below: 

Businesses are reminded to have QR codes displayed near their entrances and to ensure customers are checking in via QR codes, or paper registers, when entering the premises.

All people aged 12 and over can now book a COVID-19 vaccination. Roll up now and get vaccinated.


South Australia's COVID-Ready Plan

More information about South Australia’s COVID-Ready Plan has been released, including the latest test, trace isolate and quarantine requirements from Tuesday, 23 November.  

These requirements mean fewer people will be required to quarantine and it will also enable more people to quarantine for shorter periods of time. 

The SA Health website outlines how this applies in: 

There is also specific information for businesses that explains what to do to and how to assess and manage the risk when any person with COVID has attended the premises (including staff). The advice is for hospitality, community sport, entertainment, higher education, beauty, recreation and other educational facilities.

The guidance relates to your responsibilities to communicate with SA Health as well as cleaning requirements and test, trace, isolate and quarantine.


Workplace rights and obligations for COVID-19 vaccinations 

South Australian employers need to ensure they understand their workplace rights and obligations before having conversations with their staff about whether COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory in their workplace.

Employers should exercise caution and get their own legal advice before deciding if their employees will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has provided some guidance to assist employers.




Amendments to the Security of Payment Act 2009


The State Government has introduced important legislation to further strengthen the adjudication system for payment disputes in the building industry.

The amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009 are the result of an independent review and a national review of all similar Acts by John Murray AM.

The Government has consulted extensively on the changes to the Act.

For more Information:

Further Information about the Security of Payment process can be found on this website here.

Changes to special protections for retail and commercial leases affected by COVID-19


Special regulations introduced as part of the State Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which have provided significant protections to tenants in retail and commercial premises, ended on 3 January 2021.

For rental disputes between lessors and affected lessees that relate to the COVID-19 pandemic and remain unresolved prior to 4 January 2021, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (Act) and COVID-19 Emergency Response (Commercial Leases No 2) Regulations 2020 (Regulations) will continue to have effect (where appropriate).

The Act and Regulations have provided the opportunity for tenants and their landlords to negotiate in good faith and, where necessary, mediate through the Office of the Small Business Commissioner.

From 4 January 2021, disputes relating to retail and commercial leases from that date will revert to the Retail and Commercial Leases Act 1995 and Retail and Commercial Leases Regulations 2010 or other relevant legislation.

Therefore any breaches of the terms of a lease after 4 January 2021 may be dealt with by way of breach notice and normal enforcement measures, including distraint and eviction.

It is critical that retail and commercial tenants ensure that rental commitments required under a lease are paid on normal and/or agreed terms and in full from 4 January 2021. Lessees should clearly identify what period the payment is for (eg January 2021 Rent).

In the first instance, if lessees are having difficulty making payments, they should commence discussions with their lessor as soon as possible.

As always, we strongly urge any lessor to take independent legal advice prior to taking enforcement action.

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner is ready to assist both lessees and lessors in resolving their differences.  

Enquiries can be made to the Office of the Small Business Commissioner via email or via our Contact Us page on this website. 

For information on residential tenancies, contact Consumer and Business Services

For further information on the State Government's response to assist lessees and lessors please click here


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