Canberrans are encouraged to choose local
29 May 2020
The hotel and hospitality industries are two of the hardest hit sectors and despite restrictions easing, it will take time for many businesses to recover.
Canberra’s hospitality industry will benefit from a new support package from the ACT Government as it begins its recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
The support package forms part of the Recovery Plan to support local businesses, the community and the economy. It will ensure industries most impacted by COVID-19 are supported, including cafes, restaurants, takeaways, liquor licenced venues, hotels and serviced apartments.
The whole community can also help by shopping and eating local to help businesses get back on track.
Hotels, cafés and restaurants
Hotels and serviced apartments will receive a rebate on their water and sewerage fixed charge for the first two quarters of 2020-21.
Cafes and restaurants will receive a one-off rebate of $1,000 on their electricity bills.
On liquor licencees and Off licencees with gross liquor purchase value of $3 million or less in the last reporting year will receive a 12-month waiver of their annual food business registration and liquor licencing fees from 1 April 2020. Outdoor dining fees for 2020-2021 will also be waived.
The application fee for a general liquor licence will be waived for existing on licensees from 22 May 2020 until 31 December 2020.
Innovation within the sector will be supported by a 90 per cent reduction in fees for new micro-producers who produce and sell up to $100,000 of liquor on their licenced premises in the first year of their off licence.
Businesses in the city centre and Braddon
Fifty per cent of the 2020-21 City Centre Marketing and Improvement Levy will be waived for businesses in the city centre and Braddon. The remaining 50 per cent will be delayed by six months until February 2021.
National Infection Control training
New infection control training will soon be available for workers in customer facing roles to help them understand how to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading as more businesses start to reopen.
Free accredited training will be available before the end of June and will support a confident and safe return to work for over 1,300 frontline workers in the ACT.
The fund will be supported through a national agreement between the Australian Government and states and territories. The ACT Government will invest $670,000 in the new infection control training fund with the Australian Government to match the funding.
Businesses can also access a range of resources including a business resource kit and cleaning checklist for workplaces on the Safe Work Australia website.
Find out how to access support through the Economic Recovery Package on the COVID-19 website.