Job Retention Allowance subsidy applications now open for Council

The NSW Government has reintroduced the Job Retention Allowance (JRA) to safeguard council jobs and delivery of essential community services during the current COVID-19 outbreak. The JRA provides $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee for up to three months to help councils to retain staff who have been stood down as a result of COVID-19. Councils forced to stand down staff because their work has been affected by COVID-19 and the current lockdown can access the NSW Government-funded JRA subsidy, subject to meeting eligibility requirements. The Office of Local Government (OLG) has released the following detailed guidance to assist councils to assess their eligibility and apply for funding:

Any council that meets the job retention eligibility criteria can submit claims for the JRA. Priority will be given to councils with the greatest financial impact from COVID-19. Meanwhile there is also a new $1500 small business fees and charges rebate

If you are a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate of $1500.

This rebate helps businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and encourages growth by reducing the cost of running a business.

Eligible businesses or not-for-profits only need to apply for the rebate once, but can submit multiple claims until the full value of $1500 is reached.

Funds can be used to offset the costs of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges.

The rebate will be available until 30 June 2022.

Online applications for the small business fees and charges rebate are currently open. To be eligible for this rebate, small businesses (including non-employing sole traders) and not-for-profit organisations must:

  • have total Australian wages below the NSW Government 2020-2021 payroll tax threshold of $1.2 million

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in NSW and/or have business premises physically located and operating in NSW.

Note: Only one $1,500 rebate is available for each ABN. APPLY HERE Thousands turn to free financial counselling during latest lockdowns – Financial Counselling Australia

Thousands of individuals and small business owners have sought help from the National Debt Helpline (NDH) and Small Business Debt Helpline (SBDH) as they struggle with financial issues during the current lockdowns. The two national not-for-profit organisations run free financial counselling helplines and chat services, to help individuals and small businesses cope with financial hardship.

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