Government announcements that may help your club through COVID-19

To assist and support South West Sport’s clubs, leagues and associations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, we have compiled a list of the latest Government announcements that might be applicable to community sport.

Please check your club, leagues or associations eligibility for anything that you’re interested in applying for.  Your Treasurer and/or bookkeeper should be able to help advise specific information in relation to your circumstance.

Federal Government

Wage subsidy for Clubs & Associations who employ staff – JobKeeper Payments

Clubs impacted by the Coronavirus may be able to claim a fortnightly subsidy of $1,500 per eligible employee from the Government to continue paying their employees.

Note: at the time of publishing the final structure of the Job Keeper stimulus has not passed legislation.

Eligible organisations should register their interest in applying for the JobKeeper payment by completing a form found via this link:

Boosting cash flow for small organisations

The Government will provide tax-free cash flow boosts of between $20,000 and $100,000 to eligible organisations, delivered through credits in the activity statement system, when eligible businesses lodge their Business Activity Statements

More details can be found at:

Suporting Trainees & Apprentices

The Government is supporting small business to retain their apprentices and trainees. Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage paid during the 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020

More details can be found at:

For further information on how to apply for the subsidy, including information on eligibility, contact your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

State Government – Victoria

Payroll tax refund

Businesses with annual taxable wages up to $3M will have their payroll tax for the 2019-2020 financial year waived. Eligible businesses must continue to lodge returns but do not need to make further payments for this financial year. Businesses will also be eligible to defer any payroll tax liability for the first three months of the 2020-21 financial year until January 1, 2021.
Details are available HERE

Liquor licence fees waived

Businesses that have paid for a renewable liquor licence for 2020 will be reimbursed their licence fee and those yet to pay will have the fee waived.

VCGLR are allowing virtual classroom delivery of the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training by VCGLR approved Registered Training Organisations. 

Business Support Fund

Small businesses are eligible if they meet all these criteria:

  • Employ staff
  • Have been subject to closure or is highly impacted by shutdown restrictions announced by the Victorian Government to-date. For more information on affected sectors refer to the Non-Essential Activity Directions issued by the Deputy Chief Health Officer.
  • Have a turnover of more than $75,000
  • Have payroll of less than $650,000

Further eligibility criteria are outlined below in these guidelines.


Working for Victoria

The $500 million Working for Victoria initiative helps Victorians, including people who have lost their jobs due to the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19), find new work opportunities. Some of these roles will provide vital contributions to our state’s response to the pandemic. We want to support as many Victorians getting back into work as quickly as possible.

More Information HERE

South West Local Governments