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UPDATE: Financial Assistance for More South Australians

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The State Government will step in to compensate regional workers impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown.

It follows an announcement Tuesday from the Federal Government that workers in metro Adelaide, Gawler and Adelaide Hill would be eligible for payments up to $600 a week for missing out on work due to the lockdown.

A $100 million emergency payment scheme was announced by the SA Treasurer Rob Lucas on Wednesday afternoon, which includes matching the payment for workers outside of the specified locations.

It also includes $3,000 emergency cash grants for small and medium-sized businesses forced to close, and $1,000 for eligible sole traders.

To register interest in business support cash grants go to the SA Treasury website (treasury.sa.gov.au/sbg) or email [email protected]

Applications for the grant are expected to open within the next two weeks via the Treasury website and grants will be processed as quickly as possible.

To be eligible for the one-off $3,000 emergency cash grant, a business must, as at 12:01am Tuesday 20 July 2021:

  • Be located within South Australia
  • Have an annual turnover of $75,000 or more in 2020-21 or 2019-20, and be registered for GST
  • Employ people in South Australia
  • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in 2019-20
  • Have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Experienced at least a 30 per cent reduction (compared to the week prior) in turnover due to the restricted trading conditions

To be eligible for the one-off $1,000 emergency cash grant, a non-employing business must meet the criteria listed above excluding the requirement to employ people.

The payments will be paid in arrears for the lockdown and anyone affected can apply through myGOV from Wednesday, 28 July.

More information, including how to claim the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment (including the matching income support payment for eligible SA individuals outside the Commonwealth declared hotspots) will be available on the Services Australia website soon at: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment

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