If you are a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate of $1500.

To support businesses in their recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and incentivise business growth by reducing the cost of running a business, the NSW Government is providing a Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate to help small businesses with the cost of government fees and charges.

Eligible businesses s only need to apply for the rebate once, but can submit multiple claims until the full value of $1500 is reached.

Funds can be used to offset the costs of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges. These include:

  • food authority licences
  • liquor licences
  • tradesperson licences
  • event fees
  • outdoor seating fees
  • council rates.

The rebate can only be used for eligible fees and charges due and paid from 1 March 2021. It cannot be used for fines or penalties, fees and charges that have the key purpose of discouraging behaviours or inducing behaviour changes, Commonwealth government charges, rent on government premises, or taxes.


To be eligible for this rebate, small businesses must:

  • have total Australian wages below the NSW Government 2020-2021 payroll tax threshold of $1.2 million
  • have an ABN registered in NSW or have business premises physically located and operating in NSW
  • be registered for GST
  • provide a declaration that the business has a turnover of at least $75,000 per year.

What you will need

  • a MyServiceNSW Account
  • your proof of identity
  • your valid ABN/ACN
  • your business banking details for payment.

You will need to supply supporting documentation when applying for the rebate and each time you make a claim. For each claim you make, you will need to provide invoices and receipts showing payment of eligible fees or charges.

Applications can be completed here: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/small-business-fees-and-charges-rebate

If you need assistance completing this form, please contact us at info@dkmaccounting.com.au

List of excluded government fees and charges

  • Fines and penalties
  • Fees and charges in place that have the key purpose of discouraging or inducing behaviour changes
  • Commonwealth government charges
  • Rent on government premises
  • NSW and Commonwealth government taxes