The State Government has revealed more support for Tasmanian Small Business, but some are wondering if it goes far enough.
The new COVID-19 Business Impact Support Program will give a helping hand for those who have been impacted since the borders reopened.,
The impacts can be either because of a loss of staff due to COVID-19 quarantine and isolation requirements, or a significant COVID-19 related downturn in business turnover.
The first tranche of the initiative will focus on businesses that have been impacted during the period from 15 December 2021 through to today.
To be eligible, businesses must have had a COVID-19 Safety Plan and a completed risk assessment in place and, where required, a COVID-19 Case and Outbreak Management Plan, along with using the Check in Tas app.
$1000-$5000 worth of funding is available, depending on the eligible business's size.
Organisers for major events, registered for 1000 tickets or more under the Events Framework, operating between the above dates that have been financially impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to contact Business Tasmania to register.
Guidelines for the new COVID-19 Business Impact Support Program will be available on Monday 17 January 2022 and applications will open at 2pm on Wednesday 19 January 2022.
The full scope of the program can be found at this website.
The CEO of the Tasmanian Small Business Council has welcomed today's announcement.
"Opening the borders was the right decision," CEO Robert Mallet said.
"Tasmanians however seem to be taking a more cautious approach with travel, social and shopping activities and so it’s not totally surprising that some businesses are not as busy as expected."
The Opposition has accused the Liberals of not listening or understanding the challenges facing small businesses.
Shadow Minister for Small Business Janie Finlay has claimed the funding amount is not enough.
"The grants have to be enough to cover the losses so that business operators have the confidence to keep going," Ms Finlay said.
Labor has since called for government business enterprises and state-owned utilities to provide further fees and support by waiving fees and charges.