NEW GRANTS, SCHEMES ANNOUNCED
Businesses in Victoria and New South Wales should be aware of the following opportunities available to them
Several opportunities are available for businesses in Victoria and New South Wales, as follows.
VIC: Small Business Digital Adaptation Program
The Victorian Small Business Digital Adaptation Program is open for applications until funds are exhausted, or until 11.59pm local time on the 28th of February, 2021. The Program will allow eligible businesses to trial and then receive access to digital products, tools and training they can use to build digital capability in their day-to-day operations. Businesses can start using a new product, like point-of-sale payment, or upgrade existing digital tools. Businesses will be able to register, and trial selected digital products from suppliers who have partnered with the Victorian Government, then choose one of these products to purchase.
For more information, go to www.business.vic.gov.au
VIC: Free COVID QR code check-in system for businesses
The Victorian Government has launched a free QR Code Service to help businesses keep an electronic record of visitors to their premises, as per COVIDSafe plan requirements. Business owners will only need to register their business, download and print a poster containing a Victorian Government QR Code, and display it prominently. Visitors simply need to scan the QR code using their smartphone, and their data will be held securely for 28 days unless it is requested by the Department of Health and Human Services. Use of the Victorian Government’s QR Code Service is not mandatory, and businesses or venues that are currently using an existing QR code solution may continue to do so.
For more information, visit www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-check-system-businesses-across-victoria
NSW: Licensing fees discounted for COVID-19 relief
From 28 October 2020, a discount applies to all motor vehicle licensing applications processed from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. The discount is equal to 12 months’ worth of your licensing fee paid during the COVID-19 emergency period. Refunds are available if the full application fee was paid from 1 April 2020. Refunds will be done automatically through electronic payment details, or if there is not an account on file a request for bank details will be sent via a posted letter and an email. Refunds will be processed over the coming months.
For more information, go to www.dmirs.wa.gov.au
NSW: Government Export Assistance Grants
The Export Assistance Grant program provides reimbursement to eligible businesses to help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires, and drought on their international markets. There is a reimbursement of 50 percent of eligible expenses incurred since 1 January 2020, up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible business is available for current or previously exporting businesses enabling access to new or re-entering previous markets. Funding is available for export marketing and development activities, such as market research, participation in international tradeshows and trade missions, inbound business support, e-commerce development and marketing materials. This grant is available to exporters that were established prior to the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires and/or drought only. At the time of printing, no closing date for this grant has been published.
For more information, visit www.global.nsw.gov.au/nsw-government-export-assistance-grants
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