Businesses and Industries

Last Updated: 18 Aug 2021 5:05pm

COVID-19 Support, Grants and Loans for businesses

Business Tasmania is the point of contact for business owners and operators impacted by COVID-19. For information regarding COVID Safety Plans, how current restrictions apply to businesses and details about funding programs which may be available, contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or via email

Business Hardship – Border Closure Critical Support Grant

Jointly funded by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments, the Business Hardship – Border Closure Critical Support Grant program targets businesses operating in the tourism, hospitality, arts and events, seafood and transport (hire car, coach tours) sectors, and other business that are impacted by the lockdowns and border restrictions that are in place in other states.

Grants of between $2,000 and $10,000 will be available for successful applicants.

Applications close at 2pm, 16 September 2021. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the Business Tasmania website.

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.


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) and make a declaration that your business activities have been ceased or suspended.

Approval will be at the discretion of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.

Fisheries Assistance

Fee relief may be available for licence holders in some Tasmanian wild capture fisheries.
For more information, visit the DPIPWE website.

Stay Afloat

TSIC and RAW Tas have commenced a project to address:

  1. dedicated on-the-ground support for seafood operators, delivered through the RAW Outreach Program; and
  2. relevant educational resources to encourage fishers to look out for other fishers, and mates to look out for their mates and to seek further support if needed.

See the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council website for more information.

Rapid Response Skills Initiative

The Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI) provides up to $3000 towards the cost of training for people who have lost their jobs 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.

Enterprise Centres Tasmania

Free advice and support is available from Enterprise Centres Tasmania a state-wide network of independent business advisors. To access this assistance contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or

For more information about specific support available visit the Business Tasmania website.

Business Growth Loan Scheme

The Tasmanian Government has announced a $60 million Business Growth Loan Scheme.

The scheme provides businesses with concessional loan funding to adapt and transition to sustainable post-COVID operating models.

Loans from $20,000 to $3 million are available for eligible businesses and new projects. The scheme is open for 12 months or until all funding has been fully allocated, whichever occurs first.

For more information visit the Business Tasmania website or call 1800 440 026.