Businesses and Industries

COVID-19 Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Grant Program

Forming part of the $20 million COVID-19 Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Assistance Package, the purpose of this grant program is to assist small businesses across a number of sectors to sustain themselves, recover, re-open, build capacity and innovate whilst continuing to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

$15 million has been allocated to the Program, which will provide a limited number of grants of $5 000 to assist small businesses that:

  • Operate in sectors that are heavily reliant on the visitor economy and will continue to be directly or indirectly impacted by border closures; OR
  • Continue to be significantly impacted directly or indirectly by public health restrictions; OR
  • Are reliant on contributing to the local supply chain of sectors that continue to be directly or indirectly impacted by border closures or public health restrictions; OR
  • Are heavily reliant on exporting a significant proportion of their product to interstate and/or international markets that continue to be directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19 related restrictions.

The grant program will open at 12 noon on 3 August 2020 and close at 12 noon on 24 August 2020. To read the guidelines, FAQ and 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.

Heavy vehicle registration and motor tax waivers

For heavy vehicles of over 4.5 tonnes the Government will waive fees for registration and the road component of motor tax for 12 months.

Operators will still need to pay the regulatory component of motor tax which goes to fund the operations of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

Applications

Significantly impacted business owners can apply for the Registration freeze for light and heavy vehicles or the Heavy vehicle registration and motor tax waivers. 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

Payment waivers for licence fees for the next 12 months are being offered to licence holders in the following Tasmanian wild capture fisheries:

Abalone DiveAustralian SalmonAutomatic Squid JigBanded Morwong
Beach Seine ABeach Seine BClam Georges Bay NorthCockle Ansons Bay
Commercial DiveDanish SeineFish Processing LicenceGiant Crab
Introduced Marine PlantKing Island KelpLimited Danish SeineMackerel - Category A
Mackerel - Category BMarine PlantNative Oyster Georges BayOctopus
Pacific OysterPersonalFish HandlingPurse Seine Net
Rock LobsterScalefish AScalefish BScalefish C
ScallopSmall Mesh GillnetSouthern CalamariUndaria
VenereupusVessel Wrasse  

Who is eligible?

Commercial fishers and processors who hold the licence types listed above are eligible. The waiver is for 12 months and will take effect for those licences that are due for renewal after January 2020. Payments already made for those licence fees listed above in the new (2020-21) licence year will be refunded. Fee relief will be automatic at the time of the next licence renewal. Note that renewal dates vary by fishery.

When will the initiative be available?

Fee relief will be automatic at the time of the next licence renewal. Note that renewal dates vary by fishery.

When will more information be available?

An update on how these waivers will apply, and procedures for refunding of certain licence fees that have recently been paid, can be found on the DPIPWE website. Fishers can access more information by contacting the Department on 1300 368 550 or 03 6165 3000 or email fisheries.licensing@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Licensed fishers and processors covered by these waivers will receive an email outlining the procedures from the Department.

Shellfish Industry

Shellfish marine farm licence holders will have their licence and rental fees waived for the 2020/21 licensing period. The Government will also waive the 2020/21 Shellfish Market Access Program (ShellMAP) levy for these leaseholders.

When will the initiative be available?

This initiative will apply to all lease rental fees due for licensed shellfish farmers from 1 April 2020 for a period of 12 months and to shellfish licences for the 2020/21 licence period.

How do I apply?

Renewals of shellfish marine farming licences are due at the end of April and fee relief for licenced species and the ShellMAP levy will be automatic.

An application form to waive lease rental fees will accompany licence renewal notices, which will be sent out to all licence holders.

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.

Local Government Loans Program

The Local Government Loans Program has been developed to assist local governments to invest and employ more staff to upgrade, renovate and to do necessary maintenance to improve existing local government infrastructure.

See the Department of Treasury and Finance 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 ask@business.tas.gov.au.

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