Department of State Development

Third tranche of federal stimulus

  • On 30 March the Australian Government announced the third tranche of its stimulus package.
  • The key component for business is the JobKeeper scheme, offering $1,500 per fortnight to affected employers for up to six months to be paid to eligible employees.
  • Further details of both state and federal government stimulus packages for employers can be found at and

Jobs Rescue Package

  • On 26 March 2020, the South Australian Government announced the second stage of its stimulus response, the $650 million Jobs Rescue Package, which will assist a broader base of businesses.
  • This takes the overall state stimulus package to $1 billion.
  • A key component will be a $300 million Business and Jobs Support Fund
    • This will target businesses affected to help them survive this massive impact and adapt to change
    • Importantly, it will help address systemic issues due to business interruption, such as export freight impediments.

Grants and financial support

eCommerce Accelerator Program (eCAP)
The eCommerce Accelerator Program (eCAP) is a financial assistance program to support South Australian small to medium-sized exporters who want to sell their products or services digitally and globally. The program supports businesses to grow their export revenue and create new jobs by selling products and services online.
See eCommerce Accelerator Program (eCAP)

South Australia Export Accelerator
The South Australia Export Accelerator (SAEA) grant is a financial assistance program for South Australian businesses who are looking to grow into international markets.
See South Australia Export Accelerator

Economic response package support
Access financial support from the South Australian and Commonwealth Governments to help minimise the impact of COVID-19 on your business.

$10,000 Emergency Cash Grants for Small Businesses
Small businesses and not-for-profit entities that employ South Australians who have been highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive a $10,000 grant to support the operation of their business. The grant is being funded from the State Government’s $650 million Jobs Rescue Package.
Visit COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program

Business-saving loans for exporters
South Australian exporters impacted by COVID-19 can access business-saving loans between $250,000 and $50 million under a new $500 million capital facility to be administered by Export Finance Australia. The new COVID-19 Export Capital Facility will target loans to established and previously profitable exporters who, due to COVID-19, are unable to gain finance from commercial sources.
Visit Export Finance Australia

Export Market Development Grants
Export Market Development Grants reimburse promotional expenses for exporters aiming to increase their international sales. Broadened eligibility for reimbursable export activities affected by COVID-19 is now being applied.
Visit Export Market Development Grants

Frequently asked questions

A range of support is available to businesses and employees. For the latest information on business assistance packages visit This page also has a link to Commonwealth Government support.

Contact your bank and BAS Agent or Accountant to discuss other support options.