Community Support Package

Community support package during the Coronavirus crisis with community icon

The City of Hobart has developed a $3.5 million Community Support Package to assist ratepayers and businesses experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

Assistance for ratepayers

  • Interest and penalties will be deferred for ratepayers having difficulty paying the fourth instalment of rates payments for the 2019-20 financial year.
  • Council has adopted a Financial Hardship Assistance Policy(PDF, 214KB) to provide assistance to ratepayers suffering financial hardship by providing an appropriate level of relief from rates.
  • A freeze on general rates and most fees and charges for the 2020-21 financial year.

Apply for Financial Hardship Assistance

 Assistance for businesses

  • Rent relief for tenants of City-owned premises who are experiencing hardship.
  • Waiving of fees such as for outdoor dining and food licences.
  • Food businesses can apply to expand outdoor dining at no cost.
  • Establishment of an online store to support Salamanca Market stallholders.
  • Introduction of eCommerce Quick Response Grants to assist with the transition to online sales.
  • A strengthened commitment to local procurement.

 Other assistance

  • Establishment of the Hobart Together initiative to help people connect with service providers, creative programs and each other.
  • Introduction of Resilient Hobart Quick Response Grants to support community and creative initiatives that help people to stay engaged and connected.
  • Refunding or waiving of fees and charges to organisers of cancelled events, including sporting clubs using City facilities for training and competition.