$2000 lockdown compensation grants for small business

The State Government today (May 6) opened registrations of interest for $2000 grants to assist businesses in Perth and Peel impacted by the ANZAC Day three-day lockdown and subsequent restrictions.

WA Premier Mark McGowan confirmed details of the $31.8 million support package for small business as he has announced further easing of Perth and Peel COVID-19 restrictions.

An estimated 15,000 businesses are eligible for the grants, provided they can demonstrate losses incurred for perishable goods, cancellations or other unforeseen costs, in categories including:

  • cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, taverns and nightclubs;
  • accommodation and sightseeing;
  • health and fitness centres and gyms;
  • hairdressing and beauty services;
  • florists;
  • cinemas;
  • bakeries and catering services;
  • clubs (hospitality);
  • specialised food retail and food wholesalers;
  • creative industries and performing arts venues; and
  • event equipment hire.

The package follows CCIWA’s push for compensation, after our survey revealed the true cost to WA business of the recent lockdown and interim measures was $170 million.

“While the $2000 figure is a welcome improvement on the amount offered for the February lockdown, we wanted to see businesses deeply affected by this lockdown receive up to $5000 and anything short of that is disappointing,” said CCIWA CEO Chris Rodwell.

“We’re also disappointed that tourism businesses in other WA regions, who lost business due to reduced travel out of Perth and the Peel region, are left out of the scheme.

“However, we recognise every dollar will help and encourage you to register your details via the link below. Importantly, you should register your interest even if you are unsure whether you qualify.”

Businesses will then be able to lodge an application later this month, with grants distributed in June and July.

Register for the grants here.

From 12:01am Saturday, May 8, masks will still be required on public transport, at venues with more than 1000 people, at hospitals, aged care and disability facilities.

Casinos and nightclubs will re-open, subject to the 2sq m rule, and major stadiums will be able to operate at 75 per cent capacity.

The revised restrictions are in place until at least 12:01am Saturday, May 15.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 restrictions visit covid19.cciwa.com.

For advice contact the CCIWA Employee Relations Advice Centre on (08) 9365 7660 or email [email protected].

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