Last updated: 9 July 2021
The Western Australian Government continues to announce measures to support small business during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grant - round 2 (announced 9 July 2021)
The Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grants program will provide assistance of $3,000 to small businesses in Perth, Peel and regional WA in industry sectors most severely impacted by the recent four day lockdown.
Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grant - round 1 (announced 29 April 2021)
The Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grants program will provide assistance of $2,000 to small businesses in the Perth and Peel region in industry sectors most severely impacted by the recent three day lockdown and restrictions.
Applications for this grant have closed.
Electricity offset (updated 14 June 2021)
The State Government announced a $43 million package to support small businesses in the Perth, Peel and South West regions impacted by the five day lockdown between 31 January and 5 February 2021. This included a $500 electricity offset for eligible Synergy and Horizon Power customers, available via RevenueWA.
Businesses or charities can receive the credit if:
- they operate from a property used for commercial or mixed uses
- they incurred electricity costs at a premises at 2 February 2021 and
- electricity consumption at the premises is less than 50MW/h per year or electricity bills total up to $15,000 per annum.
Small business owners whose electricity is supplied by a provider other than Synergy or Horizon Power or recouped by a third party such as a landlord, can now apply for the offset via the online services portal. Applications close on 30 September 2021.
If you are a tenant who pays the electricity costs, and the credit has already been applied to the landlord’s Synergy or Horizon Power account for that premises, you should liaise with your landlord about passing on the credit in your billing arrangement.
All eligible customers that are billed directly by Synergy and Horizon Power have now been paid and do not need to apply for the credit.
See eligibility details and how to apply for the electricity offset.
Payroll grant payments (updated 23 September 2020)
Grants of $17,500 will automatically be paid by cheque to eligible businesses from July, however you should log in to Revenue Online to ensure your postal address is up to date. There may be delays for those whose tax status changed in 2018-19 or liability for payroll tax changed in 2018-19 or 2019-20.
On 23 September, it was confirmed that WA businesses would continue to be exempt from payroll tax on payments provided under the extended Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme, until March 28, 2021.
In addition to the support offered by the State Government, the Federal Government has also announced a range of financial support measures to support business.
Visit smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/coronavirus for more information on how to manage disruption to your business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.