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The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA has welcomed the measures announced today by the WA State Government which will provide additional financial assistance for small hospitality businesses who are facing unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19.

AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said the WA Government’s support will help small and medium sized businesses.

“The gravity of COVID-19 has hit hospitality businesses hard and we welcome the WA Government’s assistance for business owners across the state,” Mr Woods said.

“Coupled with other initiatives announced by the State and Federal Governments, today’s announcement will assist small and medium sized businesses in particular during this challenging time.”

“As the peak representatives of WA’s hotel and hospitality industry we are receiving constant feedback from the sector about what further assistance is required from Government – while we welcome today’s measures, we believe it is highly likely that additional support will be required to keep open businesses across WA.”

The McGowan Government’s measures to assist WA’s hospitality businesses include:

  • A payroll tax waiver for a four-month period between March and June 2020 for small-to-medium sized businesses with Australia-wide annual wages of less than $7.5 million in 2019-20.
  • A one-off $2,500 credit for small Synergy and Horizon Power customers that consume less than 50 megawatt hours per annum.
  • A waiver or refund of liquor licence renewal fees for 2020.
  • The ability for affected businesses to apply for an interest-free payment arrangement and for late payment penalties to be waived for payroll tax, transfer duty, landholder duty, vehicle licence duty or land tax.
  • The reassurance that small businesses facing financial difficulty due to COVID-19 won’t face power or water disconnections due to late payments.

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