COVID-19 support and great news for Dubbo Filmmakers

Last week the NSW and Commonwealth Governments unveiled more support for businesses and individuals impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Key components of the 2021 COVID-19 package include:

  • Weekly payments of $375 or $600 for employees whose working hours have been cut by 8-20 or 20+ hours per week respectively
  • An extension to the previously announced business grants program. This means eligible businesses within Australian wages below $10 million can claim grants between $7,500 and $15,000 to cover the first three-weeks of restrictions
  • Payroll tax waivers of 25% for businesses with Australian wages of between $1.2 million and $10 million that have experienced a 30% decline in turnover, as well as payroll tax deferrals and interest free repayment plans
  • A new grants program for micro businesses with a turnover of between $30,000 and $75,000 which experience a decline in turnover of 30 per cent. The businesses will be eligible for a $1,5000 payment per fortnight of restrictions
  • Deferral of gaming tax assessments for clubs until 21 December 2021 and hotels until 21 January 2021
  • $12 million in additional funding for temporary accommodation for those at risk of or experiencing homelessness
  • $5.1 million in NSW funding to support mental health

There’s also industry-specific support packages for the accommodation and performing arts sectors, as well as support for tenants and landlords.

Individuals looking to make claims should do so through the Services Australia website ( while business claims can be made through the Service NSW website (

I would urge anyone who has been impacted by these restrictions to check what they are eligible for and apply.


It was great to be able to announce some good news last week, with $35,000 secured for Dubbo Filmmakers to implement a strategic plan to attract more feature films and television programs to our region!

When the Amazing Race Australia came to won late last year, producers mavelled at the professionalism of the local people who supported the production, not only on the day of filming but in the lead-up.

So many people think filming revolves around camera operators, actors and directors, but productions can also provide opportunities for local caterers, hairdressers, make-up artists and electricians.

Places like Broken Hill and Mudgee are synonymous with Mad Max and Doctor Doctor. There’s no region Dubbo couldn’t be NSW’s next big filming destination!


Please keep up-to-date with COVID-19 restrictions at

Please continue to maintain good hand hygiene, physical distancing, get tested and stay home if sick, and sign-in everywhere you go.

Until next week, stay safe


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