Small business rebate scheme opens soon

A $1500 rebate scheme opening early next month will help small businesses in the region pay for NSW and local government fees and charges, such as licences, council rates, and registration fees.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate, which was announced in November’s Budget, will provide support for eligible NSW small businesses, sole traders and non-profit organisations.

“Small business plays such a big role in our communities so it’s important that we support them to recover from the impact of the pandemic and encourage business growth by reducing costs,” he said.

“When the Treasurer and Deputy Premier visited Dubbo in November I took them to visit some local small businesses so they could hear the stories of what the owners of those businesses were experiencing.

“The NSW Government has committed close to $500 million for the new scheme, which shows our commitment to the small businesses of NSW.”

Under the scheme, small businesses, sole traders and non-profit organisations can apply to be reimbursed up to $1500 for NSW and local government fees and charges that are related to the cost of doing business. These include:

  • Food authority licences
  • Liquor licences
  • Tradesperson licences
  • Event fees
  • Council rates
  • Business vehicle registration fees

The scheme cannot be used for fees and charges specifically excluded under policy guidelines, such as fines and penalties, and will only be available for those charges and fees that are due and paid after 1 March 2021.

It will be available via Service NSW in early April and will run until 30 June 2022. The scheme will allow eligible small businesses to draw down on a $1500 credit to offset the cost of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges.

More information, including the program guidelines, are available at

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