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2020-21 Budget, small business wins

The Federal Government’s 2020-21 Budget is one for the history books, following the Treasury’s announcement on Tuesday 6 October 2020. The Budget details a record spend that will help lift small businesses out of the COVID crisis and provide a much-needed boost to economic confidence. Given the number of measures that target the small business…

Suite of grant programs to boost visitor economy

The NSW Government has announced a suite of grant programs offering more than $8 million to drive the visitor economy’s recovery. Destinations, tourism operators and events can kick off their recovery efforts with this much-welcomed boost post COVID. A range of projects and initiatives are eligible for funding through the following 4 programs to be…

Tender support for small businesses

New tools will assist businesses in meeting qualification requirements and understanding the tendering for NSW Government work. Small businesses across NSW can now access free online training and an informative guide to help them become “tender ready” and bid for NSW Government contracts. The NSW Small Business Commission has collaborated with TAFE NSW to deliver…

New Economic Recovery Strategy labelled as a game changer

The NSW Government has announced the NSW Economic Recovery Strategy which includes a $500 million support package to revive the events and tourism industry across regional NSW. Labelled as a game changer, the support package is set to turbo charge a post COVID economic recovery. As part of the package, households of school-aged children in…

Council facilities to reopen via staged approach

Following the announcement that NSW has reached the 70% vaccination rate milestone, Cessnock City Council has released a schedule for reopening their facilities via a staged approach (pending the approval of COVID Safety Plans). Monday 11 October saw the reopening of Kurri Kurri Library, the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre, Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, the…

Growing and diversifying Australia’s exports

Austrade’s Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program helps Australian businesses grow their exports in global markets. These grants encourage small to medium enterprises to market and promote their goods and services internationally. From 1 July 2021 EMDG is operating as a forward-looking grant program, allowing grant recipients to plan their marketing and promotional activities with…

Path to freedom as NSW Roadmap revealed

The path to freedom for NSW is just weeks away with the NSW Government announcing its re-opening roadmap weeks ahead of schedule. Back to business day is likely to begin from 11 October 2021 when the state is expected to hit the 70% double vaccination target with freedoms further increasing once we hit 80%. Hospitality,…

Save the date, Great Southern Nights returns 2022

The NSW Government is amping up the State’s live music scene with the return of Great Southern Nights in March and April 2022 and local musicians and live music venues are being encouraged to get involved. Following its hugely successful debut in 2020, Great Southern Nights will again create jobs and revenue for artists, venues…

Did someone say QR Cards

Checking into venues and managing your check-in history will become easier thanks to a new COVID-19 check-in card and suite of updates to the Service NSW app. NSW residents will soon be able to register for a COVID-19 check-in card which can be presented to supermarkets and other essential retail businesses to scan. The cards…

Micro businesses eligible for funding

  If you are a micro-business that has been impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Micro-business grant. Eligible small businesses, sole traders or not-for-profit organisations with aggregated annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 may be eligible to apply for a fortnightly payment of $1,500 to cover business expenses…

Mandatory QR check-ins for businesses

From Monday 12 July 2021 the use of the Service NSW QR code will be mandatory at all workplaces and retail businesses. Expanding the COVID check-in mandate will allow NSW Health contact tracers real-time access to QR code data from a greater number of venues including supermarkets, retail stores, gyms and offices. While many businesses…

New COVID Support Package for small businesses

The NSW Government has announced a major new grants package and changes to the Dine & Discover program to help small businesses and people across NSW impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions. The package includes grants of between $5000 and $10,000 for small businesses, payroll tax deferrals for all employers, and an extension of the…