COVID-19 Response

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COVID-19 Business Support

Navigating and accessing the most up-to-date information and resources can be challenging with the pressures of running a business in this current climate. We have developed this one-stop-shop suite of support services including resources, funding sources and links to help your business.

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Tourism Business Promotion 2020/21

The City of Victor Harbor has initiated a number of relief solutions to support local businesses during this pandemic. In particular, Council has decided to waive all tourism advertising fees for the 2020/21 financial year for all tourism businesses operating within the City of Victor Harbor Council area.

This results in our tourism businesses being able to advertise via our website, social media and at the Visitor Information Centre for free in 2020/21.

Complete the form and send with supporting information to or call 8551 0776 for more information.

Business Advisory Service

The City of Victor Harbor, in partnership with Business SA and Business Victor Harbor, are currently offering City of Victor Harbor based businesses impacted by COVID-19 access to a trained business advisor to address any business related challenges currently being experienced.

The first stage of Council’s COVID-19 business support measures will include business advisory support provided by Business SA in the short term and Business Victor Harbor in the medium to long term.

Representatives from Business SA will be present in Victor Harbor from Monday the 25th of May and will be available to meet with Victor Harbor businesses to provide advice and assistance.

If you are experiencing a COVID-19 related business problem(s) and you would like to discuss the matter with a business advisor please contact Council via email to request a visit and or phone call from an advisor.

Please direct your request via email to:

Fees & Charges

As an immediate support measure the City of Victor Harbor has resolved to refund, waived and defer a number of fees and charges that relate to local businesses and community organisations.

  • Refund of Outdoor Dining fees from 1 March to 31 August 2020
  • Fee waiver for small business leases and licences held with Council from 1 March to 30 June 2020
  • Deferral of Community loan repayments for 12 months from 1 March 2020
  • Bulk waiver of fines and interest on overdue rates from 1 March to 30 September 2020
  • Targeted COVID-19 rates remission allocation of $100,000
  • Payment arrangements with waiver of fines and interest to 30 June 2020
  • Due date extensions with waiver of fines and interest to 30 June 2020
  • Hold on external debt collection and court action for existing accounts to 31 December 2020
  • Hold on external debt collection and court action for new accounts to 30 June 2021
  • Increase in procurement weighting for local content from 10% to 20%

COVID-19 Business Support Grant Program

The City of Victor Harbor's COVID-19 Business Support Grant Program aimed to assist businesses within the council area to survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also support adaptation and resilience projects that protect businesses from current and future economic shocks. The COVID-19 Business Support Grant Program comprises three streams:

  1. Business Adaptation Stream supports initiatives that directly assist businesses to adjust their business or service delivery ensuring revenue sources can be maintained or derived.
  2. Business Cashflow Stream supports instances where businesses are unable to defer, waive or negotiate payment terms for critical business related expenses.
  3. Business Planning Stream supports businesses seeking professional advice aimed at navigating their businesses through and out of these current challenges.

This grant program closed on Thursday 18 June 2020.

Since this time the City of Victor Harbor has released just over $79,000 worth of grants to 24 local businesses to help them navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

A list of the successful applicants, their projects and funds awarded can be viewed here.

Applications were received across a number of business types including restaurants & cafes, tourism, retail, health & beauty services and transport & logistics.

Projects funded under the program have included such things as website developments enabling businesses to serve their customers differently, physical changes to restaurants and cafes and the purchase of plant & equipment allowing alternative products and services to be offered.

For a full list of grants and financial supports go to our COVID-19 list on Hills & Coast Grant Finder where you can register and set up automated alerts for new funding opportunities and changes to existing funding.

Business SA provides a number of great resources and services that will help your business plan and respond to the impact of COVID-19.

Access this information at:

Business SA also have an advice hotline that you can call between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday – (08) 8300 0000.

The Australian Government have announced a number of packages and measures to support business. Visit this site to find out about financial assistance, eligibility and timing of the new support measures for Australian businesses.

Visit the Australian Government Business website or ring the dedicated hotline on 13 28 46 for information and support for business.

Job Keeper’ wage subsidy

This subsidy of up to $1500 per employee a fortnight has been developed to help employers to keep staff and provides wage subsidies to businesses that are significantly affected by COVID-19. Funding is expected to flow through the Australian Tax Office from 1 May, with payments backdated to today. Register your interest on the ATO website..

Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off

The instant asset write-off threshold has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000 and expanded access to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million). This applies from 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2020, for new or second hand assets first used or installed ready for use in this timeframe. Check website for details.

Backing Business Investment

A time limited 15-month investment incentive to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by accelerating depreciation deductions. This applies to eligible assets acquired from 12 March 2020 and first used or installed by 30 June 2021. Businesses with a turnover of less than $500 million will be able to deduct 50 per cent of the cost of an eligible asset on installation, with existing depreciation rules applying to the balance of the asset cost. See website for details.

Boosting cash flow for employers

Provides $25,000 back to small and medium-sized businesses, with a minimum payment of $2,000 for eligible businesses. The payment will provide cash flow support to businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million that employ staff. The payment will be tax free. See website for details.

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees

If you employ an apprentice or trainee you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage paid from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. You can register for the subsidy from early April 2020. See website for details.

Federal Government Fact Sheets for Business

The SA Government also has also pulled together a number of great resources for businesses. The site includes information relating to:

  • Economic Response Package and how to access financial support
  • Managing your business through a crisis
  • Supporting staff
  • Exports and imports
  • Practical advice and tips
  • Webinars and other resources

Access the South Australian Government business site for information.

In addition, the state Government has released a $1 billion stimulus package to help drive the South Australian economy and secure local jobs includes (read details here):

  • a significant $22 million injection in nature based tourism infrastructure, to boost employment and the long-term visitor economy in hard-hit regions.
  • This stimulus will include a $15 million investment in upgrades at our country hospitals, doubling the Planning and Development Fund available this year to $50 million, when matched with the local government contribution on a 50:50 basis.
  • Payroll tax relief up to $60 million savings to business
  • Land tax relief of up to $13 million in additional savings
  • Liquor license fees waived
  • $300 million business and jobs support fund
  • $250 million community and jobs fund
  • Cost of living concessions of an estimated $30 million
  • Access to accrued leave for public sector workforce
  • COVID-19 Arts Grant Support can be found on the Arts SA website. The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline 1800 959 500 is a free confidential helpline for performing arts workers.

For more information and how to apply to the funds email:

Visit their COVID-19 website for details on the latest updates, advice and support.