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The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is a payment to help support viable and ongoing business or organisations due to a COVID-19 alert level increase to level 2 or higher. If your business or organisation is facing a reduction in revenue due to an alert level increase, you may be eligible for the RSP.

Each time the COVID-19 alert level is increased from level 1, the Government may decide to activate the Resurgence Support Payment. It will generally be activated when the period of increased alert level is 7 days or longer, but this is not guaranteed. Once the RSP has been activated it will be available nationally, even if the alert level isn't increased across the whole country.

When the RSP is activated, eligible businesses and organisations can apply to receive the lesser of:

  • $1,500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, up to a maximum of 50 FTEs
  • four times (4x) the actual revenue decline experienced by the applicant.

Applications for the payment will open in myIR for eligible business and organisations 7 days after the alert level increase. They will remain open for one month after the return to alert level 1.

It's possible that the Government could decide to activate the RSP multiple times if there are multiple alert level increases from level 1. Businesses and organisations can apply for the RSP each time the it's activated, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

Current situation

Applications are currently still open to businesses and organisations affected by the alert level escalation on 15 February 2021. The last day for applications for this event is Monday 22 March 2021. Applicants must demonstrate that their decline in revenue is for this alert level period.

Applications are open to businesses and organisations affected by the alert level escalation of 28 February 2021. Applicants must demonstrate that their 30% decline in revenue is for this alert level period.

Businesses and organisations that have experienced a 30% revenue loss as a result of both periods at higher alert levels will need to make 2 applications by choosing a start date. They would be eligible for 2 RSP payments if they meet the criteria.

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Resurgence support payment calculator

Use this calculator to estimate the amount of Resurgence Support Payment you may be entitled to if you meet the eligibility criteria.

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