South Australian small businesses have begun registering for the State Government’s job creation grants announced in the State Budget last Thursday.

Applicants for grants under the $109 million scheme include Boyd Plumbing and Gas, which has taken on an apprentice and applied for the $4,000 Small Business and Start-ups Grant.

Other applicants include South Australian small businesses in the health, trades and design industries that have taken on an additional employee above their current staff numbers.

The State Budget initiative is designed to incentivise small and medium-sized businesses with the capacity to grow to employ more staff.

It offers a Job Creation Grant of up to $10,000 over two years for each new full-time equivalent job created in small and medium sized businesses liable for payroll tax in SA.

A Small Business and Start-ups Grant of up to $4,000 over two years is also available for each new job of 22 hours or more per week created by eligible businesses which do not pay payroll tax.

Businesses must register a new employee within three months of their start date to be eligible. Applications can be made at www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au/jobs.

There is no limit to the number of times a business can access the grant for additional staff.

Background

Grants will be available to eligible employers with total payrolls of $5 million or less who increase their total number of employees between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018. The new staff must be employed for at least 12 months, with the first grant paid on the first anniversary date of employment, and the second grant paid on the second anniversary date.

Treasury estimates this scheme will provide grants for 14,000 full-time equivalent positions.

Job Creation Grant

The $10,000 Job Creation Grant applies to businesses liable for payroll tax in South Australia with total taxable Australian wages of no more than $5 million in the financial year immediately prior to claiming the grant. The grant is paid in two $5,000 instalments on each anniversary of the increase in employment level.

The grant is paid on a pro rata basis if the hours worked by new staff is less than 35 hours per week.

Small Business and Start-ups Grant

The $4,000 Small Business and Start-ups Grant is paid in two $2,000 instalments on each anniversary of the increase in employment.

The grant applies to eligible businesses not liable for payroll tax during the relevant employment period of the new staff member, including due to their total payroll falling below the tax-free threshold of $600,000.

For both grants, the higher employment level must be maintained for a period of at least two years to receive the full grant, or a minimum of 12 months to be eligible for a partial grant.

Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis

It is very encouraging to see that South Australian small businesses are already embracing these job creation grants and registering new employees above their current staffing levels.

It is also great to see that a number of these businesses are registering apprentices, like Boyd Plumbing and Gas which has taken on a new apprentice and applied for a grant.

We want as many businesses as possible to access this grant scheme because we want to back businesses to drive employment growth during this period of economic transition in South Australia.

Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our economy and our Budget is about doing everything we can to help them grow.

Quotes attributable to Business SA CEO Nigel McBride

At a time of very low apprenticeship and traineeship starts in SA, it's great to see this stimulus package encouraging small employers to give young people a start.

Small to medium sized employers are the economic and cultural backbone of this State, and whether it's young people, older workers or people looking for part time work, this jobs accelerator package sends a positive signal to this vital sector of our economy to look seriously at creating more jobs.

Quotes attributable to Boyd Plumbing and Gas Director Luke Boyd

These grants have definitely made me think about taking on additional apprentices and tradespeople over the next two years.

We’ll be putting the grant back into the business to pay for further training for our guys.

I’ve been speaking to mates in other trades and have told them about these grants, and I think they will definitely consider taking on more people and accessing these grants.