COVID-19 Update

Given the unfolding situation relating to COVID-19 in Australia and across the world, here at the City of Charles Sturt we want to be proactive and clear about how we can stay healthy and are making changes to the way we do things. We will continue to provide updates to the services and events that are impacted along with the latest information and recommendations from WHO, SA Health and the Government.

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Local Business

City of Charles Sturt is supporting our local businesses

Economic Support and Stimulus package

Our Economic Support and Stimulus package will inject $100.5 million dollars into our community over the next two years to support the economic sectors of our community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re committed to assisting the community and local business as we all work together to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and prepare for the future.

Key highlights of the package

  • Over $1m of financial support to individuals, hospitality and food, construction and recreation sectors
  • $97.4m worth of capital works with an increased emphasis on supporting local businesses and supply chains
  • Over $500,000 of economic stimulus to small business, the arts, entertainment and recreation sectors

Find out how you can apply.

Support on Rates and other payments

We know that many people may be facing financial hardships due to COVID-19. If you are experiencing difficulty, please give us a call on 8408 1111 to discuss how we can support you.

All fines and interest will continue to be waived until 31 October 2020.

Adelaide Business Hub - Business Support Helpline

The Western Adelaide Alliances of Councils, including the Cities of Port Adelaide Enfield, Charles Sturt, West Torrents and Holdfast Bay in conjunction with the Adelaide Business Hub have developed a Business Support Helpline for Small businesses to access.

With the current restrictions affecting thousands of businesses within Western Adelaide, the Helpline has been developed as a first response support service for your business.

The Helpline is operated by the Adelaide Business Hub and has dedicated highly qualified advisors to take your calls and assist your business with information, support and basic counselling.

Small business advice is also available from the Adelaide Business Hub and Charles Sturt Council can pick up the costs.

Contact the Adelaide Business Hub Helpline here.

Adelaide Business Hub has also created a series of Business Survival Webinars to help you think positively about what to do differently and what to do better, moving forward.

Keep informed

Stay up to date with the latest news, updates and support through the newsletter by joining Western Business Leaders. Tell us about your business and areas of interest so we can best assist your business in the future.

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Promoting local business #shoplocal

As we look to further support our businesses, we'd love to hear from you.

Have you changed your business model? Are you offering food delivery or a takeaway service? Maybe you are running online cookery or exercise classes, or perhaps you are helping the community in these challenging times.

There are a number of platforms offering to promote you are open for business including the Advertiser/Messenger, InDaily and Glam Adelaide. Our team are more than happy to save you some time and can upload your details onto these platforms and our own #shoplocal page.

So send us your news, updates and initiatives. A great landscape image would be fantastic and of course your social handles so we can tag you in everything we do.



What State and Federal support is available for my business?

As the COVID-19 situation develops, we understand this is a critical time for your business. We will continue to share options for assistance in order to support your business, and we will update this site as new information is announced.

Primary Australian Government Links

Find financial assistance, eligibility, and timing for the new government support for your business here

Temporary assistance measures have also been introduced which include:

  • a wage subsidy to help you retain employees
  • help to manage cash flow
  • a wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees
  • a safety net for companies facing financial distress
  • a time-limited asset investment incentive
  • and credit and loans

Visit the Australian Federal Government Treasury for more information

If you are experiencing difficulties emergency tailored support is available through the Australian Tax Office.
> visit COVID-19
> or call 1800 806 218

South Australian Government Links

The South Australian Government has launched:

Support for businesses, jobs & the community impacted by COVID-19

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its significant impact on local businesses, industry sectors and jobs, the South Australian Government has announced a second economic stimulus package- the Jobs Rescue Package, worth $650 million-that will provide immediate financial support and relief to those of you most affected.

Essential information for Lessees and lessors dealing with COVID-19

Many lessees and lessors are facing significant financial difficulty as a result of enforced closure of their businesses or a dramatic downturn in customers due to social distancing and work from home requirements.

As a first step, lessees and lessors are encouraged to commence discussions on any matters relating to leases including deferral and/or waiting of rent, rent free periods or any other modifications to leases which will help both parties through this difficult time.

If you can’t agree - the Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) may be able to help.

If you would like to speak to us, please contact Selma Barlow on