Jane Cooper 9 September, 2021

The ACT Government will provide support for small businesses in the ACT facing a significant loss in revenue due to the current lockdown in the ACT.

COVID-19 Business Support Grants

The ACT COVID-19 Business Support Grants will deliver support of $20,000 for employing businesses and $7,500 for non-employing businesses over the five-week lockdown period where those businesses’ turnover has declined by 30 per cent or more as a result of the COVID-19 public health measures. This program is jointly funded by the ACT and Australian Governments.


Applications are now open.

COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Scheme – up to $10,000

Eligible small businesses will be able to apply to the ACT Government to receive credits for payroll tax, utility charges, rates and other selected fees and charges up to a maximum of $10,000 per operator.

To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate a 30 per cent loss of revenue from June quarter 2021 to September quarter 2021 and have a turnover between $30,000 and $10 million.

The COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Scheme will open in October 2021.  

COVID-19 Disaster Payment


Employees who are unable to earn an income during the lockdown may be able to access the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment.


Payment amounts will vary from $200 to up to $750 depending on the hours of work lost during the lockdown and other eligibility criteria.


The ACT Government is delivering a range of measures to support local business and industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, for more information about the scheme and how to apply is available on the Services Australia website.


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