Federal and State Government support and funding

For a range of information on COVID-19 in your language, head to: COVID-19 information


AHA Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 Hygiene Course

WA's hospitality industry is being prepared for a return to business with the launch of a mandatory COVID-19 hygiene training program to protect the public and venue staff.

The specialised COVID-19 hygiene training course will need to be successfully completed by every staff member employed at a hospitality venue - with businesses strictly only able to reopen when the requirements are met.

For more details or to complete the first tier of the assessment head here.

COVID-19 infection control training

COVID-19 infection control online training is available for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

 For more details, or to register head here.

 Tourism Recovery Fund 

Eligible Accredited Tourism Businesses can now apply for financial assistance.

Recovery Grants of $6,500 per eligible business including accommodation, attractions, tours, transport and tourism experiences – for up to 1,600 businesses.

Tourism Business Survival Grants of $25,000 - $100,000 for businesses in exceptional circumstances


Find out more here.


WA Artist Support Program

All living WA Artists in the State Art Collection receive $2000 towards an online State Art Collection Archive. 

Read more in the Support for WA artists media statement 

Job Keeper

A subsidy per fortnight, per employee, available to eligible businesses (including sole traders) and Not For Profits until 28/3/2021


Your employer will notify you if they intend to claim the payment on your behalf.

The current payment rate of $1,500 per fortnight, per employee will be reduced to $1,200 from 28/9/20 and to $1,000 from 4/1/21.  

Employees who worked less than 20 hours per week will receive a reduced payment from 28/9/20

Find out more at these links:


Business.Gov - Jobkeeper



Job Seeker

Changes to Job Seeker (previously Newstart Allowance) have occurred due to COVID-19


Due to COVID-19, there have been some changes to Job Seeker eligibility criteria.  These include changes to the income free area, asset tests, partner's income threshold, and mutual obligations.  Additionally, changes in the Coronavirus Supplement also affects other payments, including Youth Allowance, Austudy and farm household allowance.  

To find out more about changes to Jobkeeper please visit Services Australia 

Boosting cash flow for employers

Up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium-sized businesses and not for-profits that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000


Automatically applied to the accounts of eligible businesses when they lodge their activity statement for the relevant periods.

 Valid when lodging activity statements up to the month or quarter of September 2020. 

Find out more at treasury.gov.au/coronavirus

Boosting cash flow for Employers

Job trainer & Wage subsidies for apprentices and trainees

Eligible employers (small and medium sized businesses) can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of the apprentice or trainee's wages paid until 31/3/2021. 

The Jobtrainer package will mean more Australians will have access to free, or low cost training places in areas of identified skill shortages. 

Talk to the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) in your area. Search for your local AASN at australianapprenticeships.gov.au

Find out more at


Supporting apprentices and trainees

Loan support

Government will provide lenders with a guarantee for loans, to increase their willingness and ability to provide credit. Loans of up to $250,000 up to three years, with an initial six-month repayment holiday.

For more information visit: business.gov.au (select ‘coronavirus information’)

Find out more at treasury.gov.au/coronavirus



Evictions will be on hold for six months by the states and territories, for those in financial distress.

The WA Government will waive rental payments for small businesses and not-for-profit groups in government-owned buildings for six months.

See mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies.

For more information visit

business.gov.au (select ‘coronavirus information’)

Relief for commercial tenants

Temporary relief for financial distress

Increase to threshold at which creditors can issue statutory demand, extra time to respond.

Relief from personal liability for trading while insolvent.

Temporary flexibility in Corporations Act 2001.

You don't need to apply. These relief measures will be in place for six months.

For more information visit: business.gov.au (select Coronavirus information’)

Find out more at treasury.gov.au/coronavirus

Investment - Instant Asset Write-off

Instant Asset Write-off threshold changes

12/3/2020 - 31/12/2020

Threshold is $150,000, includes businesses with aggregate turnover less than $500 million.  

1/1/2021 onwards:

A threshold of $1000 only available to small businesses with turnover less than $10 million

Check your eligibility for the Instant Asset Write-off with the Australian Taxation Office

Find out more at the below links

Visit: business.gov.au and select ‘Coronavirus information’)


Instant asset writeoff



 Investment - Accelerated Depreciation

A time limited 15-month investment incentive to support business investment and economic growth over the short-term, by accelerating depreciation deduction.


 Businesses with aggregate turnover less than $500 million can accelerate depreciation deductions on purchase of certain assets. 

Applies to eligible assets acquired and first used, or installed ready for use from 12/3/2020 until 30/6/2021

Find out more here: 

Accelerated Depreciation


WA Government support for businesses

Payroll tax paying businesses with a payroll between $1 million and $4 million will receive a one-off grant of $17,500.

$1 million payroll tax threshold brought forward by six months to July 1, 2020.

Businesses can now apply to defer payment of their 2019-20 payroll tax until July 21, 2020.


Visit wa.gov.au (Search Payroll Tax Employer Guide)

See the media statement here

  Electricity Bills for Small Business

One-off $2,500 credit on electricity bills for small businesses that consume less than 50MWh per annum

 Find out more here.


Federal Government Assistance for Business

Your one stop shop to all federal government support measures. This page also has a chatbot to help point you in the right direction.  

Visit the Website

WA State Government Assistance for Business

 Your one stop shop to all state government support measures.  

Visit the Website

Small Business Development Corporation

The Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) have set up a dedicated dealing with coronavirus information page which they are updating regularly as new information becomes available.

The SBDC has refocused their 133 140 hotline number to deal specifically with queries from business owners looking to navigate the wide range of recently announced Federal and State government measures to alleviate the impacts of COVID-19.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA

 The Chamber of Commerce and Industry have launched a COVID-19 microsite.

 This site contains a number of resources to assist businesses, as well as information, including:

  • The CCIWA Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Workbook, which includes plans for contagion.
  • A sample COVID-19 business continuity plan.
  • A sample staff communications email.
  • A COVID-19 Guide for Employers.
  • An outline of the new COVID-19 subsidies for business.
  • Screening questionnaires for staff and external parties.
  • A work-from-home OHS checklist 


Australian Taxation Office

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have set up a dedicated Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218 to provide advice with anyone having difficulties with tax obligations because of COVID-19.

They have also set up a dedicated ATO web page with further support available for businesses and FAQs.


Further support

For further health related updates head to the Department of Health website.

The Department of Finance website and WA Government website also contains information on State Government measures.