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What SMBs can claim with NSW’s $1,500 government fee rebate

Small businesses can claim a rebate on everything from venue hire to vehicle inspections. Small businesses are encouraged to take advantage of the NSW Government’s $1,500 rebate scheme to help cover the cost of NSW and local government fees and charges.

The Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate is open to small businesses that have a total wages bill below the new 2020-21 $1.2 million payroll tax threshold. The rebate is available until 30 June 2022, for eligible fees and charges due and paid from 1 March 2021.

Fees and charges that can be claimed back through the scheme include the following:

Local Government

  • Planning, Building & Development fees
  • Conveyancing Certificates
  • Application for Outdoor Dining
  • Waste Services

NSW Environment Protection Authority

  • Dangerous Goods Vehicle licences
  • Environment protection licence fee

NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

  • Parks Eco Pass Commercial Tour Operator fees
  • Filming and Photography application fees
  • Environmental Management Bond

National Parks and Wildlife Service

  • Third Party Event Fees
  • Fees for Venue Hire and Supervision
  • Bushfire Levy
  • Occupation permit fees

NSW Small Business Commissioner

Liquor & Gaming NSW

  • Issue or replacement of a NSW competency card
  • Application for a new licence

Transport for NSW

  • Vehicle Registration Fees
  • Issue or renewal of a driver licence
  • Driving test or riding test
  • Handbooks
  • Issue or renewal of registration of a motor vehicle or trailer
  • Authorised Vehicle Inspection Stations
  • Heavy Vehicle Registration charges
  • Vessel Registration
  • Boat driving licence
  • Commuter wharf permit fees
  • Charter wharf booking system fees

Point to Point Transport Commission

  • Taxi licence fee

NSW Fair Trading

  • Gas & Electricity: Inspection of an electrical installation of an electricity meter
  • Strata Schemes Management Regulation: Lodgement of building bond
  • Tow Truck Industry Regulation: New certificate or restoration of certificate; Operator licence
  • Home Building Regulation: Contractor Licence / Building Contractor licences; Trade or specialist contractor licence; Supervisor Certificate; Tradesperson certificate
  • Conveyancers Licensing Regulation: License fees
  • Motor Dealers & Repairers Regulation: License application fees; Tradesperson’s certificate fees

NSW Department of Education

  • Provider and Service Approval
  • Service Annual Fee
  • Review by Rating

New South Wales Police Force

  • Application for security licence

For a full list and information on how to apply, go to Small business fees and charges rebate.


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