If you’re a business, sole trader, or not-for-profit organization in NSW and you’ve been impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for the 2021 NSW COVID-19 JobSaver payment.
JobSaver will provide cash flow support to impacted businesses in Greater Sydney and regional NSW to help maintain their NSW employee headcount.
You’ll need to nominate the 2-week period in which your business first experienced the required decline in turnover on or after 26 June 2021. Once approved, payments will be made in arrears and will begin from that nominated fortnight. Payments for JobSaver cover the period from 18 July 2021 onwards. If you were impacted by restrictions from 26 June, you may apply for the COVID-19 business grant.
Note: Following the extension of the JobSaver program, you’ll need to reconfirm your eligibility each fortnight to continue receiving your payments. This means you will need to confirm that you experienced a turnover decline of 30% or more in the past fortnight due to the impact of the public health order and that you are maintaining your employee headcount. You must notify Service NSW if your headcount has declined over the payment period.
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 of more than $250 million and up to $1 billion may be eligible for a larger weekly payment under the extension to the JobSaver scheme. For more information,
Weekly payroll should be determined by referring to the calculations underlying 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.
- Salaries and wages
- Utilities and rent
- Financial, legal or other advice
- Marketing and communications
- Perishable goods
- Other business costs.
A qualified accountant, registered tax agent or registered BAS agent may apply for the JobSaver payment on behalf of your business.
To be eligible for JobSaver your business or not-for-profit organization should:
- Have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
- Have been operating in NSW on 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 commencing 26 June 2021 compared to:
- the same period in 2019, or
- the same period in 2020, or
- the 2 weeks immediately prior to any restrictions, 12 June to 25 June 2021.
- For employing businesses, maintain your employee headcount from 13 July 2021 if you received payments from the start of JobSaver, or otherwise from the day before the fortnight that you first experienced the required decline in turnover
- For non-employing businesses, such as sole traders, show that the business is the primary income source (50% or more of the total income) for the associated person. If you have more than one non-employing business, you can only claim payments for one business.