Small Business Fees & Charges Rebate

This rebate helps businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and encourages growth by reducing the cost of running a business. Eligible businesses (including sole traders) or not-for-profits 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 due and paid from 1 March 2021. These include, but are not limited to:

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

View the full list of eligible fees and charges

The rebate will be available until 30 June 2022.


To be eligible for this rebate, small businesses (including non-employing sole traders) and not-for-profit organisations must:

  • have total Australian wages below the NSW Government 2020-2021 payroll tax threshold of $1.2 million
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in NSW and/or have business premises physical y located and operating in NSW.

Note: Only one $1500 rebate is available for each ABN.

Applying & Claiming the Rebate

The Rebate is provided in the form of a digital credit, which businesses can draw down on to offset the cost of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges.

Applying for Rebate – Businesses apply for the Rebate through Service NSW’s website, demonstrating proof of eligibility in line with the criteria set out above, at which point they are granted a digital credit to the value of $1500.

Claiming the Rebate – Businesses are able to claim the Rebate through their Service NSW Business Profile account, upon submitting proof of payment of any of the applicable licence fees and charges. Each claim must be made separately, and you can only upload one receipt per claim. Rebate can be drawn down on multiple times until the full value of $1500 is reached.

Claims must be made by a legitimate applicant authorised to act on behalf of the eligible business.

Please follow this link for more information: Small business fees and charges rebate – Guidelines

Should you have any questions regarding eligibility or require any assistance please let us know

The information contained on this website and in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice from a financial adviser. Taxation, legal and other matters referred to on this website and in this article are of a general nature only and are based on our interpretation of laws existing at the time and should not be relied upon in place of appropriate professional advice. Those laws may change from time to time.

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