Eligibility

Who can apply for the “Small Business Rent Relief Package – Landlord Rent Relief Incentive”?

Landlords who have a tenancy agreement with a small business owner who was found eligible for the Small Business Rent Relief Package – Tenant Rent Relief Scheme payment of $3,000, and voluntarily matched (provided the equivalent payment, credit or waiver) the $3,000 for their tenant, may apply for the $1,500 incentive payment.

If I have more than one business tenant, can I claim the incentive for each affected business?

Yes, provided each business was found eligible for and received the $3,000 Tenant Rent Relief Scheme payment, and you have voluntarily matched their payment. You will need to make separate applications for each eligible business premises, however you should use the same SmartyGrants login for all applications.

My tenant was not found eligible for the Tenant Rent Relief Scheme but I have voluntarily provided rent relief to them. Can I apply for the Landlords Rent Relief Incentive?

No, applications will only be accepted from landlords of tenants who have been found eligible for and received the Tenant Rent Relief Scheme payment of $3,000.

Creating your application online

I don’t have a MyGovID – how can I apply?

It is a requirement of the program that the person applying on behalf of the business verifies their identity using the myGovID app, set to a standard strength. Instructions for obtaining a myGovID are available at mygovid.gov.au/set-up and on this video tutorial. In exceptional circumstances, alternative ID arrangements may be made by contacting grants@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au

I’m a bookkeeper/accountant. How do I use MyGovID when applying on behalf of one of my clients?

If you are an authorised person acting on behalf of a client to apply for this grant, you must use your own myGovID to verify your identity as the applicant. You must also provide evidence of your authority to act on behalf of that client, for example in the form of a letter from the client uploaded as a PDF with your application. Please ensure that the authority to act uses the same name as your myGovID. You will use your own myGovID and be regarded as the applicant, even though you may be applying on behalf of multiple clients.

I am having technical issues with myGovID – can you help?

myGovID is administered by the Australian Government. If you’re having trouble, you can find support to help you verify your identity through the Australian Government’s support documents or contact them for further assistance

General

How much is the grant and what can I use it for?

The value of the grant is $1,500 and no GST applies. The grant is intended to help offset the matched voluntary payment, waiver or reimbursement of $3,000 (excluding GST) you made to your small businesses tenant to assist them during a period of reduction in turnover related to increasing community cases of Omicron and Level 1 Public Health and Social Measures Directions. There is no specific guidance as to how you may use the money.

Is this grant assessable income for tax purposes?

Generally, grants or support payments from the government are taxable and need to be included as assessable income in your tax return, unless they are specifically made non-taxable. The WA Government’s COVID-19 business grants have NOT been declared non-taxable by the Commonwealth Government, therefore they should be declared as assessable income. Instead, the Commonwealth has committed to providing a 25 per cent top-up payment to the grants, which will be paid in the 2022-23 financial year.

Further information on the tax implications for government grants is available from the Australian Taxation Office.

When do applications close?

The closing date for this grant program is 4:00pm 30 September 2022 (AWST).

What happens if I receive a grant but I am later found to be ineligible?

Payment is based on the information you provide, in good faith and to the best of your knowledge, during the application process. However, the WA Government will conduct audits of the information provided and reserves the right to recover any payments made that did not meet the eligibility guidelines. If, by making an application for a grant, you knowingly provide false or misleading information, create false documents or impersonate a person or business with the intent to deceive the grant provider in order to obtain a benefit, this may constitute a fraud offence under the Criminal Code Act 1913 and be subject to criminal penalties.

Who do I contact with any queries regarding the application process?

If you have any queries about the application process for the Landlord Rent Relief Incentive, please email grants@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au. Our team will aim to respond to you within three business days. Please do not enquire about the progress of your application within four weeks of your lodgement date, as we are unable to respond to these enquiries due to the volume of applications expected.

Application status

How long will it take for my application to be assessed?

From the date of your application lodgement, it will normally take up to four weeks for your application to be processed and an initial assessment to be provided. Due to the expected volume of applications for this grant, please do not contact us regarding the progress of your application earlier than four weeks after lodgement. Please direct all enquiries to grants@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au.

If my application is successful, will I be notified, and how and when will I receive the payment?

If your application is successful, you will be notified by email and payment will be made to your nominated bank account. Please remember to check your junk folder for emails from grants@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au or add this address to your ‘safe senders’ list.

Will I be notified if my application is unsuccessful?

Yes, you will be notified by email if your application is unsuccessful. Please remember to check your junk inbox for emails from grants@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au or add this address to your ‘safe senders’ list. If you have not received an email from us regarding the status or outcome within four weeks of submitting your application, please email grants@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au.

If my application is unsuccessful, can I appeal the decision?

Yes, an appeal process will be in place for this grant. If your grant application is unsuccessful, we will provide you with written advice on the appeal process.