COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information and updates for business

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For businesses affected by COVID-19, the following websites display the most up to date information on support:

Visit business.tas.gov.au for information for Tasmanian businesses including grants.

Visit business.gov.au for Federal Government guidance and support for businesses affected.

For food businesses: see City of Hobart guidance on how to keep customers’ food safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.   


City of Hobart eCommerce Support Grants

eCommerce Support Grants are quick response funding for small retail businesses affected by COVID-19. These grants cover fees that are associated with selling goods online (ecommerce).

Retail businesses are eligible for $300 funding. The grants are open now and are available until the budget is exhausted. Please note this grant is not for food & beverage businesses who only sell perishable items, it is for retail businesses.The City of Hobart will have further grants available for other businesses in the future. If you wish to register your interest, please email grants@hobartcity.com.au.

For full guidelines and to apply, see City of Hobart Business Grants.


Business Support - Tasmanian Government

Call the Tasmanian Government's Business Hotline on 1800 440 026 if you are concerned about an immediate business or cash flow situation.

For the most up to date on support available from the Tasmanian Government, go to the Business Tasmania website. A summary of the support currently on offer is outlined below:

Small Business Emergency Support Grants of $2 500 are available as one off emergency support payments to businesses in the following industries. Guidelines, FAQs and application form are available here.

  • Seafood
  • Tourism and accommodation
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Fitness

Small Business Hardship Grant to be announced soon for sectors listed above experiencing severe financial hardship, grants of $15 000 will be made available.

Small Business Loan Support Package loans from $20 000 to $250 000 are available to assist eligible businesses.

Business Continuity Grant  one-off grants of up to $750 to engage the services of a suitably qualified person to advise on business continuity planning.

Business Vehicle Registration Relief Package freeze on business registration payments for light and heavy vehicles.

Cultural and Creative Industries Stimulus Package range of measures for individuals and organisations in the cultural sector.

Tasmanian Government fees will be frozen, waived and capped, including:

  • Water and electricity bills will be waived for the first quarterly bill received after 1 April this year for small business customers on Tariffs 22, 94, 82 or 75, including small businesses on market contracts that could access these tariffs.
  • Next financial year, electricity bills will be capped, and water bills will be frozen.
  • Fees and charges subject to the Government Fee Units Act 1997 will be frozen as well.

 Further announcements of support are available from: 


Business Support - Australian Government

The Australian Government has also announced a range of support for businesses including employer and sole trader payments, credit support and payments for employers of trainees or apprentices. Go to the business.gov.au website and the tax office site for the most up to date information.

Support measures for businesses include: