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Cash grants for SA small businesses and income support payments for workers

22 Jul. 2021

South Australian small and medium-sized businesses suffering a significant loss of income, or forced to close as a result of the state’s seven day lockdown, will be offered a $3,000 emergency cash grant as part of a major financial assistance package announced today by the Government of South Australia. Read the media release.

The major support package also includes a new $1,000 cash grant for eligible small businesses who don’t employ staff (eg non-employing sole traders).

Applications for the grant are expected to open within the next two weeks via the SA Treasury website and grants will be processed as quickly as possible.

To register interest in business support cash grants, visit the SA Treasury website or email

Financial support will also be made available for many workers who have been adversely affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown.

From next Wednesday, 28 July, workers who lose between eight hours and 20 hours of work during the first week of lockdown may be eligible for a $375 COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Those who have lost more than 20 hours may be eligible for $600.

The Government of South Australia will partner with the Australian Government to ensure all eligible South Australians can access this financial support (not just those in designated hotspot areas). Once approved, payments will be paid in arrears for the 7-day period from 20 July.

More detail on eligibility criteria, and how to access this support, will become available soon.