Covid-19 Hardship Grant for SA Businesses December 2021 

Covid-19 Hardship Grant for SA Businesses December 2021 

The state government recently announced income support in the form of 2 types of cash grants for eligible South Australian businesses who have been significantly impacted by the trading restrictions in place from 27 December 2021 to 9 January 2022. 

Eligible businesses which employ people in South Australia will receive a cash grant of $6,000. Eligible businesses which have no employees (for example, non-employer sole traders) will receive a cash grant of $2,000.  

Please see below for further details and eligibility criteria.  

Cash Grants 

The eligibility criteria for both the $6,000 and $2,000 grants are as follows: 

As at 12:01am Monday 27 December 2021: 

  • Have a valid and active Australian business number (ABN) 
  • Be registered for goods and services tax (GST) 
  • Be located and operating within South Australia 
  • Have an Australia-wide grouped payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial year  
  • Have experienced at least a 50% reduction in turnover due to the restricted trading conditions over the 2 weeks from 27 December 2021 to 9 January 2022 when compared to the corresponding two-week period in other years depending on when the business commenced. Please see the table below for further information.  


Business Commenced  Comparable Period* 
Prior to 30 June 19  27 December 2019 to 9 January 2020 
During the 2019-2020 Financial Year  &
During the 2020-2021 Financial Year (but before 1 December 2020) 
27 December 2019 to 9 January 2020 
27 December 2020 to 9 January 2021 
On or after 1 December 2020  Average fortnightly turnover between when the business commenced and 30 November 2021 

* As the application of these time-periods may not be readily apparent to your specific circumstances, please contact us if you require any further clarification.  

If you have received any support under the Tourism, Hospitality and Gym grant or Major Events Support Grant you will not be eligible for the business hardship grant. 

A further $2,000 grant will be available for both employing and non-employing eligible businesses with a commercial premises in the Adelaide CBD.
To be eligible, the relevant business must have operated from a commercial premises with the postcode 5000. Residential and vacant land are not considered commercial for the purpose of the grant. 

Applications for the grant have opened via the Treasury website. Click here for the relevant webpage where you can access the application portal and further guidelines. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2022.  

Should you have any queries in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to contact our team at Thnk Advisory at 8333 7300.