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New support package for businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on local businesses, community organisations, industry sectors and jobs, the South Australian Government has introduced a support package for businesses impacted by the health restrictions put in place from 27 December 2021.
As part of the COVID-19 Support Fund, a series of new grants will be available to eligible businesses across the state’s tourism, hospitality, gym/fitness, and major events industries, as well as those in other industries experiencing similar hardship.

Grant program: Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant


The South Australian Government has introduced a Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant to support businesses impacted by the health restrictions in place from 27 December 2021 in South Australia.

Businesses with national payrolls of less than $10 million in eligible tourism/hospitality sectors, gyms and other businesses required to operate under the 1 person per 7 square metre density restriction that have already received the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant will receive an automatic payment of:

  • $3,000 for employing businesses with turnover less than $2 million in 2019-20 or 2020-21
  • $10,000 for employing businesses with turnover of greater than $2 million in 2019-20 or 2020-21 (tourism and hospitality sectors only)
  • $1,000 for non-employing businesses
  • Additional grant for businesses operating in CBD (employing and non-employing): $1,000

Click here for important eligibility, application and payment information for the Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant.

Grant program: Business Hardship Grant


A COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant has been introduced to provide assistance to those businesses impacted by health restrictions in place from 27 December 2021, but are not eligible for the tourism, hospitality and gym grants (December 2021).

Grants of $6,000 for employing businesses and $2,000 for non-employing businesses will be available for businesses that have experienced a decline in turnover of 50% or more as a result of the COVID-19 health trading restrictions introduced from 27 December 2021.

A further grant of $2,000 will be available for eligible businesses (both employing and non-employing) with a commercial premise in the Adelaide CBD. This recognises the increased number of employees working from home (in line with health advice) and the impact this has on CBD businesses. The Adelaide CBD is defined as a commercial premise located in the 5000 postcode.

Click here for important eligibility, application and payment information for the Business Hardship Grant.

Grant program: Major Events Grant


A Major Events Support Grant of up to $25,000 is available for the operators of major one-off events with between 1,000 and 10,000 attendees which have been impacted by the health-related trading restrictions from 27 December 2021.

An increased grant amount of up to $100,000 is available for cancelled or postponed events with greater than 10,000 attendees.

Click here for important eligibility, application and payment information for the Major Events Grant.


All businesses must be registered for GST to be eligible. Other standard criteria include that a business is located and operating within South Australia, has a valid and active ABN (Australian Business Number) and has an Australia-wide grouped payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial year.

Any queries in relation to the COVID-19 Support Fund or submissions seeking Government assistance from the COVID-19 Support Fund can be lodged at: COVID -19 Support Fund.

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