New measures to support businesses

Regulatory changes will be made shortly to allow truck movements to continue seamlessly.

This will mean deliveries to shopping centres can occur 24 hours a day, allowing more stock to be delivered to shops. There will also be changes to allow for residential deliveries. 

Support for small and medium sized businesses

The WA state government is investing $114 million in measures to support Western Australia’s small and medium businesses including:

1) One-off grants of $17,500 to small and medium businesses

  • Small and medium businesses whose annual taxable payrolls are between $1 million and $4 million will receive a one-off grant of $17,500 to assist them to manage the impact of COVID-19.

  • No applications are required. Grants will automatically be paid from July, but there may be delays for taxpayers whose tax status changed during the 2018-19 assessment period or who commenced as new employers in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

  • It is expected 6,200 WA businesses will benefit from the grant.

2) Fast-track payroll tax relief for small businesses

  • The payroll tax threshold will be increased to $1 million from 1 July 2020, six months earlier than planned.

  • 11,000 WA businesses will benefit from the cut in payroll tax.

3) Deferred payment of 2019-20 payroll tax available to small and medium businesses

  • Small and medium businesses affected by COVID-19 can apply to defer payment of their 2019-20 payroll tax until 21 July 2020.

  • The deferral is available to employers who pay $7.5 million or less in taxable wages and have been directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19 compared to normal operating conditions.

  • Further information on how to apply for a payroll tax deferral is available on the Department of Finance website

For more information on support for WA households, pensioners and small businesses in the wake of COVID-19, see the WA state government’s announcement of its $607 million stimulus package