In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on local businesses, industry sectors and jobs, the South Australian Government has announced stimulus and budget packages to support community organisations.

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

SANFL will endeavour to keep this page updated, however Clubs are encouraged to ensure they have the most relevant and up to date information by visiting


15 month waiver of payroll tax for businesses and business groups with annual Australian grouped wages below $4m.

6 month waiver of payroll tax due over the period January 2021 to June 2021 for businesses receiving JobKeeper from 4 January 2021.

Up to a 9 month deferral of payroll tax for businesses with a payroll greater than $4m adversely effected by COVID-19.

Extended repayment arrangements for deferred payroll tax are also available.

Payroll tax exemption on all JobKeeper payments, and a payroll tax exemption on wages paid to new eligible apprentices and trainees for the first 12 months.


Land tax reforms from 1 July 2020 provided an estimated reduction in private land tax bills of $189m over 3 years.

Additional relief increases the land tax transition fund providing support to taxpayers impacted by changes to the aggregation of land. Relief will be increased from 50% to 100% off the relevant increase in an eligible taxpayer’s land tax assessment in 2020-21. All other criteria remain unchanged.

Landlords can receive up to a 50% reduction on their 2019-20 land tax liability on affected properties, where they have provided relief to affected tenants or lost income due to a vacancy.

Commercial owner-occupiers who own the land where they operate their business will be eligible to receive relief of 25% off their 2019-20 land tax liabilities where they are eligible for the JobKeeper payment from 31 October 2020, and have annual turnover of not more than $50m.

Businesses and individuals paying land tax quarterly in 2019-20 were able to defer payment of third and fourth quarter instalments for up to six months.

Total land tax relief is estimated to be $237m over 3 years.


Businesses and families will save hundreds of dollars each year on their water bills.

From 1 July 2020, average businesses receive savings of around $1 400 , while average households are saving approximately $200 each year.

In total, South Australians will benefit from $186m worth of water and sewerage bill savings in 2020-21.


The Small Business Grant program provides support to South Australian small businesses that are highly impacted by the COVID19 pandemic.


The first round of Small Business Grants opened 21 April 2020 and closed 1 June 2020.

The second round of Small Business Grants includes $10,000 grants for eligible small businesses that employ staff and are receiving JobKeeper from 28 September 2020.

The second round of Small Business Grants also introduces $3,000 grants for small businesses that do not employ staff, are operating from commercial premises, and are receiving JobKeeper from 28 September 2020.

Before applying for a small business grant, please read the Small Business Grant Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions

To be eligible, businesses and not-for-profits including eligible sporting and community organisations will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and were carrying on the operation of a business in South Australia on 30 September 2020
  • Have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 (excluding GST) in either 2018-19 or 2019-20
  • Are a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s extended JobKeeper Payment scheme from 28 September 2020
  • The enterprise does not engage in illegal activity
  • Employing grant applicants also need to:
  • Employ people in South Australia as at 30 September 2020*
  • Have total Australian payroll of less than $1.5 million in either 2018-19 or 2019-20, and not be entitled to a payroll tax waiver or deferral under COVID-19 support measures introduced by the South Australian Government
  • Non-employing grant applicants also need to:
  • be operating from a commercial premise (see Frequently Asked Questions for further detail)
  • not employ people in South Australia as at 30 September 2020

To be considered an employee, staff must be under the control of the business, receive regular PAYG salary or wages, and have Pay As You Go Withholding amounts as well as superannuation paid by the employer. An owner, partner, or beneficiary of a trust is not considered to be an employee for the purpose of this grant.



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