The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with a basic understanding of the current NSW 2021 COVID-19 support package as well as to assist you in determining your eligibility for financial support. We note that the rules have been moving so this is a guide only.


Residential Tenants

  • Landlords will not be able to evict tenants who get behind on their rent until 11 Sept, 2021.
  • Landlords who decrease their tenants rent can apply for a grant / land tax exemptions.

COVID19 disaster payment

  • A lump sum taxable payment to help workers that are unable to earn income due to a lockdown / hotspot / restricted movement.
  • You must meet the general eligibility rules to receive this payment.
  • If you are a member of a couple, you can both receive this payment.
  • You can get this payment even if you’re eligible on only one day of a recognised COVID-19 period of restricted movement, lockdown or hotspot.
  • If you live, work in, or visited NSW, you need to meet specific eligibility rules to get the COVID-19 Disaster Payment. (As well as the general eligibility rules listed above).
  • To claim online (the easiest way) you will need a MyGov account linked to centrelink online account.
  • Depending on where you live in Sydney / NSW / Victoria, if eligible, you’ll get $375 per relevant period if you lost between 8 and 20 hours per week and $500 if you lost more than 20 hours of work.
  • From (15th July – people in parts of Sydney), (18th July – people in greater Sydney), (18th July – all other areas in NSW), (23rd July – people in Victoria),  you’ll get $375 for each relevant period if you lost between 8 and less than 20 hours per week OR a full day of your usual work hours per week. If you lost more than 20 hours per week, you’ll get $600 for each relevant period.

Pandemic leave disaster payment

  • A lump sum payment to help you during the 14 days you need to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone.

Other help




The new small business support payment will support up to an estimated 500,000 entities employing more than 3 million people.

COVID19 Business Grants

Eligible businesses (including non employing businesses such as sole traders & non profit organisations) can apply for a one-off grant of: $7,500, $10,000 or $15,000 grants depending on your decline in turnover).

  • Your annual turnover must be greater than $75,000 but less than $50M for the year ending 30 June, 2020.
  • Your payroll can be up to $10 million.
  • You must have an active ABN and be GST registered as at 1 June, 2021⁠
  • You must be operating in NSW as at 1 June, 2021⁠
  • You must have incurred business costs for which there is no other⁠ government support⁠ eg: wages, utilities, rent, advice around business continuity planning, the cost of perishable goods that can no longer be used, other activities around supporting the operation of your business.
  • You must have maintained your employee headcount as at 13 July 2021⁠ for the period in which the business is receiving payments under this grant and the JobSaver scheme.
  • Applications open on 19th July ,2021 and close on 13th Sept, 2021.
  • Apply here.
  • You’ll require an accountant verified letter to go with your application. Email out team to request yours.


  • Fortnightly payments to help maintain employee headcount (as at 13 July) and provide cashflow support to businesses.
  • Employing businesses: 40% of weekly payroll, with a minimum payment of $1,500 per week and a maximum payment of $10,000 per week
  • Non-employing business: $1,000 per week.
  • To be eligible you must show a revenue decline of 30% or more and have a turnover of between $75 and $50 million.
  • Applications open late July.
  • Register your interest with services NSW here.

COVID 19 Micro Business Grants

  • A $1,500 per fortnight payment for businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.
  • Revenue must have declined by 30% or more
  • Applications open late July.
  • Register your interest with services NSW here.

Tenants in commercial or retail premises

  • Protection will be offered for impacted tenants in commercial and retail tenancies in NSW.
  • Landlords will not be able to lock out or evict impacted tenants without first going to mediation.
  • Tenants must have an annual turnover of $50 million or less.
  • Tenants must be eligible for either the Micro-business COVID-19 Support Grant, the COVID-19 NSW Business Grant, or the JobSaver Scheme.
  • Landlords with commercial properties may be eligible for a land tax concession of up to 100% of 2021 land tax if they provide rent reductions to their tenants.
  • For further information visit revenue NSW.

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