The Australian Government is supporting Australian businesses, including community sporting organisations, to withstand the impact of the Coronavirus and encourage an economic recovery into the future.

SANFL recommends clubs seek independent professional advice to understand what schemes clubs may be eligible for, as well as seeking support in applying.

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The Government’s JobKeeper Payment will help businesses keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the significant economic impact of the coronavirus.

Under the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme, businesses and not-for-profits will be paid a fortnightly payment for part or all of their salary or wages for eligible employees.

On 21 July 2020, the Government announced it is extending the JobKeeper Payment until 28 March 2021 and is targeting support to those businesses and not‑for‑profits which continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus.

From 28 September 2020, eligibility for the JobKeeper Payment is based on actual turnover in the relevant periods. The payment has also been stepped down and is paid at two rates.

Further changes were announced on 7 August 2020 to adjust the reference date for employee eligibility and make it easier for organisations to qualify for the JobKeeper Payment extension from 28 September 2020.


If your Club employs staff and has an aggregated annual turnover under $50 million, you may be eligible for cash flow boost payments up to $100,000.

These payments are designed to help keep your business operating, pay rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff.

Small to medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organisations, sole traders, partnerships, companies and trusts may be eligible if they had an ABN on 12 March 2020 and continue to operate.

The cash flow boost provides tax free payments to employers and is automatically calculated by the ATO and delivered through the activity statement system.


The economic impacts of the Coronavirus and health measures to prevent its spread could see otherwise profitable and viable businesses temporarily face financial distress.

Temporary changes to insolvency laws mean these businesses have a safety net so they can resume normal operations when the crisis has passed.

The Government announced on 7 September 2020 that this temporary measure will be extended until 31 December 2020.

On 24 September 2020, the Government announced long term changes to our insolvency framework to better serve Australian small businesses, their creditors and their employees. The changes will introduce new processes suitable for small businesses from 1 January 2021, reducing complexity, time and cost, and helping more small businesses to survive.


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