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Business Hardship Register

The Business Hardship Register Package helps Northern Territory (NT) small businesses that have experienced significant hardship due to the COVID-19 omicron wave.

Eligible businesses can apply to be listed on the Business Hardship Register. This will allow access to the Hardship Package, including the Business Hardship Grant payment.

Once added to the register, you will get a certificate. This will let you access certain concessions and be assessed for the Business Hardship Grant.

Who can apply

A business is eligible if meets all of the following:

  • is a Territory enterprise
  • has a valid Australian business number (ABN)
  • was registered for GST as of 31 January 2022
  • has an annual turnover of more than $75,000 and up to $10 million for the 2021-2022 financial year
  • can demonstrate a reduction in turnover of 40% or more:
    • from December 2019 against December 2021
    • from January 2020 against January 2022 or
    • between December 2019 and January 2020 against December 2021 and January 2022.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply if you are a:

  • government agency
  • government-owned body
  • registered corporation
  • local government body.

What you can get

If you’re an eligible business, you can get:

  • $3,000 for employing businesses, or $1,000 for sole traders
  • a 30% reduction on utility bills from January 2022 until March 2022
  • a waiver on payroll tax (payroll below $5 million) from January 2022 to March 2022

How to apply

To apply, follow these steps:

  1. Read, understand and agree to the terms and conditions.
  2. Apply online on the Smartygrants website.

Businesses should only apply once to the Business Hardship Register.

If you have multiple locations with the same ABN, you will be able to add them to your application.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

From 25 December 2021, vaccination requirements will apply to all:

  • NT Government contractors
  • grant recipients.

To find out more, read the conditions of contract for COVID-19 mandatory requirements.

For all Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade grants, an extra declaration will be added to the terms and conditions.

Applicants must confirm they are meeting the directions of the policy. The department may ask for proof to check compliance.


For more information, visit the Northern Territory Government website.