Thousands of tradies and small business operators whose livelihoods have been crippled by recent Covid-19 lockdowns have been given the shot in the arm to help them get back on their feet.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and treasurer Matt Kean have announced a Covid economic recovery package to give business operators a much needed boost in lead up to Christmas as Sydney and surrounding regions emerged from 106 days in lockdown.
Small and medium business operators which don’t qualify for payroll tax will be able to claim up to $2000 in government fees and charges, including road tolls.
The Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate has been increased from $1500 to $2000, and now include tolls.
‘We know that is going to really support tradies right across Greater Sydney who will also be able to access this rebate,’ Mr Perrottet told reporters on Tuesday.
Mr Kean added: ‘This is the jab in the arm they need to get back on track.’
Businesses will also be able to apply for grants of up to $20,000 for perishable items if they’re affected by future lockdowns.
‘This came through a significant consultation period with business owners, with banks and their business clients,’ Mr Perrottet.
‘We learned from Victoria last year that one of the key issues was providing confidence as we head into the summer months, Christmas trade, that businesses go out there and invest in their businesses, buy stock to get going and we know that there has been concern in relation to lockdowns.