Support for your business during COVID-19

Kempsey Shire Council is adjusting the way we work and support our community and local businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are constantly reviewing our response to the situation.

What you can do

COVID-19 financial support

The NSW community is facing a particularly challenging time, and businesses and many workers are impacted.

The NSW Government is providing support for individuals, sole traders, micro-businesses, small and medium businesses, the creative services industry and accommodation providers to help at this time.

For businesses

  • Different support packages are available to micro-businesses, small to medium businesses, sole traders and small non-profits depending on your annual turnover. Visit for more information or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.
  • Tailored payments are available to support businesses in the creative arts sector with the cost of running productions. Visit Create NSW for more information.
  • Additional grants are available for accommodation providers who can demonstrate room cancellations in the school holiday period. More information is available at

For individuals

  • For workers, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment is available for those who have lost eight hours or more of work per week because of stay-at-home orders, movement restrictions, being stood down, losing their job or having their hours reduced. Visit Services Australia for more information.
  • There is also protection from eviction for tenants who have lost 25% or more of their income. Landlords can also claim land tax relief if they reduce the rent of lockdown-impacted residential and commercial tenants.

Read the Summary of support available(PDF, 296KB)

COVID-19 information for accounting and tax practitioners

On 28 July 2021, the NSW Government announced that eligibility for the JobSaver program would be extended to include businesses with an annual turnover of between $75,000 and $250 million, up from $50 million, which have experienced a revenue decline of 30 percent or more.

These changes are in addition to the range of NSW Business Support Packages announced earlier this month.

To support you in this rapidly changing situation, the NSW Government has developed frequently asked questions (FAQs)(PDF, 217KB) for accountants and tax practitioners, covering topics such as:

  • aggregated annual turnover
  • decline in turnover calculations
  • required documentation
  • eligibility.

Further reading

General information on business support packages can be found at

Support for individuals affected by the current COVID-19 restrictions is available through Services Australia