Applications for Concessions
Various concessions are being administered by different government departments and organisations so for ease of finding the application details, we have added the links to forms here. While this list is not exhaustive, we have included the main items of interest.
- Treasury has released an updated FAQ factsheet for the Commonwealth HomeBuilder program. You can access additional information about the program on this Treasury page and information about the Tasmanian HomeBuilder Grants on the Tasmanian State Revenue Office page.
- Tasmanian Government's COVID-19 Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Grant Program will open for applications at 12 noon on 3 August 2020 and will close at 12 noon on 24 August 2020. Program guidelines including eligibility criteria are available here.
- The ATO have created a page listing the steps that employers need to take to prepare for the JobKeeper Payment, including links to some of the relevant forms. Additional details on how to enrol and apply are available here.
- Tasmanian State Government support packages for business including application forms are available at Business Tasmania. (Applications for loans under the Tasmanian Business Support Loan Scheme will close at 5pm on Monday 11th May.)
- Tasmanian State Revenue Office is maintaining the COVID-19 page with information about the payroll tax and land tax concessions, including the guidelines and applications forms for the waiver of payroll tax for:
- Hospitality, tourism and seafood industry businesses for the last four months of 2019-20.
- Other businesses with payrolls of up to $5 million that have been adversely affected by the pandemic can have their payroll tax waived for April to June 2020.
- JobKeeper wages.
- New youth employees (15 - 24 years old).
- Aurora Energy has a page for its COVID-19 Customer Support Program which includes links to the relevant application forms for small businesses and residential clients.
- TasWater relief for business and residential clients is outlined on their dedicated page including links to contact them for assistance.
- Business Vehicle Registration Relief information including a link to the application form. We recommend that you also consider the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page available via the same link.
- Apprentice and trainee wage subsidy applications are now open.
- The Targeted Small Business Grant provides a subsidy of up to $5,000 for employers in eligible target industries for each apprentice or trainee they employ as a new worker. Eligible industries include building and construction, tourism, hospitality and manufacturing. Applications are available through Skills Tasmania.
- Assistance available from Telstra.
- Assistance available from Optus.
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