JobSaver NSW

The JobSaver program provides fortnightly payments to NSW businesses, sole traders and not-for-profits impacted by recent COVID-19 restrictions.


The grant is no longer available

What do you get?

Funding of between $1,000 and $100,000 per week.

Who is this for?

NSW businesses, sole traders and not-for-profits impacted by recent COVID-19 restrictions.


Eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations with employees will receive automatic fortnightly payments backdated to cover costs incurred from week 4 of the Greater Sydney lockdown (from 18 July 2021 onwards). The 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant covers businesses impacted during the first 3 weeks of the Greater Sydney lockdown.

The payment will be equivalent to 40% of the weekly payroll for work performed in NSW:

  • minimum payment will be $1,500 per week
  • maximum payment will be $100,000 per week.

Larger businesses in the hospitality, tourism and recreation industries with a turnover more than $250 million and up to $1 billion may be eligible for a larger weekly payment under the JobSaver payment – large tourism, hospitality and recreation businesses scheme.

Weekly payroll should generally be determined by referring to the most recent Business Activity Statement (BAS) provided to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) prior to 26 June 2021 for the 2020-21 financial year.

If you’re a non-employing business, such as a sole trader, you may be eligible to receive a payment of $1,000 per week.

Funding may be used to cover business costs, including:

  • salaries and wages
  • utilities and rent
  • financial, legal or other advice
  • marketing and communications
  • perishable goods.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • have an active Australian business number (ABN)
  • demonstrate that your business was operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021
  • have had an aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $250 million (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2020
  • have experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more due to the Public Health Order over a minimum 2-week period within the Greater Sydney lockdown (commenced 26 June) compared to:
    • the same period in 2019, or
    • the same period in 2020, or
    • the 2-week period immediately before lockdown began (12 June to 25 June 2021)
  • for employing businesses, maintain your employee headcount from 13 July 2021 while you continue to receive JobSaver payments
  • for non-employing businesses, such as sole traders, show that the business is the primary income source for the associated person. If you have more than one non-employing business, you can only claim payments for one business.

How do you apply?

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at JobSaver.

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