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COVID hardship and grant options that could help you


With the pandemic once again tightening its grip around many parts of Australia, today we’ll run you through hardship and grant options that could be available to you or your business.


Setting all politics aside, it’s safe to say no one wants to be here. Yet here we are – this time with no JobKeeper or the original JobSeeker payment to help keep us afloat.


So what grants, schemes and hardship arrangements are available to small businesses and individuals this time around?


Let’s run through this year’s COVID support options below.


Loan deferrals on home and business loans


Impacted small businesses with loans in good standing are being supported by lenders with repayment deferrals of up to three months.


For home loan holders, lenders are also providing a range of support measures, including loan deferrals on a month-by-month basis.


Since July 8, more than 14,500 home loans have been deferred, while more than 600 business loans have been deferred.


“Support is available to all small businesses and home loan customers significantly impacted by current lockdowns or recovering from recent lockdowns, irrespective of geography or industry,” says Anna Bligh, CEO of the Australian Banking Association.


Business grants and payments


As you’ll see below, each state and territory has their own grants and schemes available for businesses and individuals.