The ACT Government is delivering an economic survival package to support the ACT community through the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses in the construction industry can defer their payroll tax liability for the six months from April to September 2020 to provide cashflow assistance to help them retain workers. No interest will be charged on deferred amounts until 1 September 2020, at which point the Government will assess the impacts of COVID‑19 AND determine if a further deferral period is required.
To access the deferral, Businesses will need to complete a simple online application form (available soon) on the ACT Revenue Office website.
The government will also continue to fast track development application approvals to allow work to continue in the ACT’s construction sector. The ACT Government is focussed on keeping as many people employed as possible, and has been working closely with the local construction sector to ensure existing projects progress and new ones are brought online, while also ensuring appropriate protection for workers
Small business owners with electricity usage below 100 megawatts per year will see rebates of $750 automatically applied to their next electricity bill in around June or July 2020. The rebate will apply regardless of whether customers are on standing or market offers. You do not need to contact your electricity supplier as this will be automatically applied.
The ACT Government is providing support for the Vocational Education and Training Sector by increasing subsidies for apprenticeships and traineeships and other VET students to access nationally recognised training in areas linked to skills needs across a range of industries. Subsidies are provided directly to Registered Training Organisation and skills Canberra will make these adjustments automatically. No application is required.
Businesses impacted by COVID-19 in the ACT can now access a number of support services.
Access Canberra Business Liaison Line: Access Canberra is providing information and advice to businesses on their compliance with requirements, diversifying their business and supports that are available. This service also offers practical advice for businesses operating through changed arrangements due to COVID-19. Call (02)6205 0900 to discuss your business needs.
Canberra Business Advice and Support Service: This service supports business owners to address the impact of recent events on their business and provide one-on-one business management advice. Business owners can receive up to four hours of free, tailored advice and access online business development resources. Call (02) 6297 3121 to make a booking.