Business support

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2022 12:17pm

COVID-19 support, grants and loans for businesses

Business Tasmania is the Tasmanian Government point of contact for business owners and operators impacted by COVID-19.

For information about, contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or via email ask@business.tas.gov.au.

Funding for community service organisations

Ready to access funding for community service organisations is available for eligible

Distributed by TasCOSS, grants up to $4,000 are available to assist organisations in the purchasing of COVID-19 related supplies such as Rapid Antigen Tests, face masks, hand sanitiser and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help ensure continuity of day to day services for essential community service sector workers and volunteers.

For more details see Essential Supplies Fund Guidelines and Assessment Criteria.

Fisheries Assistance

Fee relief may be available for licence holders in some Tasmanian wild capture fisheries. Read more on the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania website.

Rapid Response Skills Initiative

The Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI) provides up to $3000 towards the cost of training for eligible people who have lost work in the last 12 months because they have been made redundant, the place they worked has closed, or the employer had to let staff go.

See the Skills Tasmania website for more information and eligibility guidelines.

Business Vehicle Registration Relief Package

Registration freeze for light and heavy vehicles

Small businesses looking to suspend activity due to the COVID-19 business downturn and trading restrictions can apply to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to freeze their business vehicle registrations for both light and heavy vehicles.

Registrations can be reactivated at no cost to them when the business restarts. The maximum period that a registration can be frozen is 12 months.

Applications

Significantly impacted business owners can apply for the Registration freeze for light and heavy vehicles. Apply using the Transport Tasmania's Registration Business Support Package form.

You will need to provide details on your business registered for tax purposes in Australia and your Australian Business Number (ABN). Approval will be at the discretion of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.

Tourism Tasmania

Information for Tasmanian tourism operators is available on the Tourism Tasmania website.

Australian Government financial support

Information about Australian Government support for businesses is available on the Treasury website.

Helplines

National Debt Helpline

The National Debt Helpline's (1800 007 007) financial counsellors provide free, independent and confidential advice to help you manage your debts or negotiate with creditors. The National Debt Helpline website also has step-by-step guides and useful information on how to deal with specific types of debts.

Unions Tasmania COVID-19 Worker Helpline

Phone: 6216 7616

Email: covidhelp@unionstas.com.au

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry workplace relations helpline

Phone: 1300 559 112

Email: hr@tcci.com.au