Last week the NSW and Commonwealth governments unveiled more support for businesses and individuals impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.
Key components of the 2021 COVID-19 package include:
Weekly payments of $375 or $600 for employees whose working hours have been cut by 8-20 hours or 20+ hours per week respectively.
An extension to the previously announced business grants program. This means eligible businesses with Australian wages below $10 million can claim grants between $7500 and $15,000 to cover the first three-weeks of restrictions.
Payroll tax waivers of 25 per cent for businesses with Australian wages of between $1.2 million and $10 million that have experienced a 30% decline in turnover, as well as payroll tax deferrals and interest free repayment plans.
A new grants program for micro businesses with a turnover of between $30,000 and $75,000 which experience a decline in turnover of 30 per cent. The businesses will be eligible for a $1500 payment per fortnight of restrictions.
There's also industry-specific support packages for the accommodation and performing arts sectors, as well as support for tenants and landlords.
Individuals looking to make claims should do so through the Services Australia website (www.servicesaustralia.gov.au) while business claims can be made through the Service NSW website (www.service.nsw.gov.au).
I would urge anyone who has been impacted by the restrictions to check what they are eligible for, and apply.
Funding for Dubbo filmmakers
It was great to be able to announce some good news last week, with $35,000 secured for Dubbo Filmmakers to implement a strategic plan to attract more feature films and television programs to our region.
When The Amazing Race Australia came to town late last year, producers marvelled at the professionalism of the local people who supported the production, not only on the day of filming but in the lead-up.
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So many people think filming revolves around camera operators, actors and directors, but productions can also provide opportunities for local caterers, hairdressers, make-up artists and electricians.
Places like Broken Hill and Mudgee are synonymous with Mad Max, and Doctor Doctor. There's no reason Dubbo couldn't be NSW's next big filming destination!
Get the latest COVID updates
Please keep up-to-date with COVID-19 restrictions at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/what-you-can-do-nsw
Please continue to maintain good hand hygiene, physical distancing, get tested and stay home if sick, and sign-in everywhere you go.