Regional Bowls Manager


25 May 2020

The below grant from Sport and Rec Victoria is now open
It offers a $1000 financial support towards clubs needing it to aid in the return to play. Also can be used towards fixed costs such as Rent/Utilities and to keep the club viable and ready to function once restrictions ease.
Grant closes on the 15th June
As always, please reach out for assistance in applying for this. I expect almost all clubs will be eligible, so there is no reason not to apply


Jimmy Whitehead  |  Regional Bowls Manager (Eastern Melbourne/Victoria)
Bowls Australia Ltd.  |  PO Box 52  |  Northcote Vic 3070
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25 MARCH 2020


as at March 25, 2020

 This document provides a summary of the support that will be accessible to the Bowls community over the coming months via various government agencies. The information provided may not be exhaustive but is current as of the date of publication, listed above.


  • Cash for Clubs who employ staff

    • Eligibility:

      • employ staff and withhold tax on wages;

      • businesses with a turnover of less than $50M – includes Not-For-Profits;

      • active employers prior to March

    • Businesses can receive two payments of a minimum of $10,000 and maximum of $50,000 from April 28.

    • More details can be found at: 03/Fact_sheet-Assistance_for_businesses.pdf

    • Included in the above fact sheet are details about how apprentices (such as apprentice greenkeepers) can get a 50% wage subsidy for nine months, up to

$21,000 in total.

·         Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses


·         Loan guarantee scheme & relaxation of lending

  • Eligibility:

    • businesses with a turnover of less than $50M – includes Not-For-Profits.

  • The Government will provide a guarantee of 50% for new unsecured loans to be used for working

  • Loans of up to $250,000 for up to three years, with a pause on repayments for six months – to commence by early

  • More details can be found at: 03/Fact_sheet-Supporting_the_flow_of_credit_1.pdf

  • The Government is also providing an exemption from responsible lending obligations for lenders providing credit to existing small business customers. This exemption is for six months, and applies to any credit for businesspurposes, including new credit, credit limit increases and credit variations and restructures.


·         AGMs can be postponed for two months for businesses with AGMs due to be held by 31 May



  • Payments to support households

·         Income support for individuals

  • For new and existing recipients of JobSeeker Payments (which replaced Newstart Allowance and a number of other payments from 20 March 2020), Parenting Payment, Youth Allowance for jobseekers, Youth Allowance for students, Austudy, Abstudy, Farm Household Allowance, and Special Benefit. The supplement will be paid for six months and almost doubles the maximum payment rate for a JobSeeker Payment

  • A $550 per fortnight payment to commence on April 27, 2020 and continue for six

  • More details can be found at: 03/Fact_sheet-Income_Support_for_Individuals.pdf

·         Early access to superannuation

·         Temporarily reducing minimum superannuation drawdowns and social security deeming rates

  • There are temporarily reductions on superannuation minimum drawdown requirements for account-based pensions and similar products by 50% for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 income

  • The Government is also reducing both the upper and lower social security deeming rates by a further 0.25 percentage points in addition to the 0.5 percentage point reduction to both rates announced on March 12,

  • More details can be found at: pdf



  • Payroll tax waived
    • Businesses with a payroll of less than $10M will have their payroll tax waived for the months April to June, 2020. Additionally, the threshold for payroll tax has been raised to $1M in 2020-21.

    • Bringing forward the next round of payroll tax cuts by raising the threshold limit to $1M in 2020-21.

    • A range of fees and charges will be waived for small businesses including bars, cafes, restaurants and



  • Payroll tax waived

    • Businesses with annual taxable wages up to $3M will have their payroll tax for their payroll tax for the 2019-2020 financial year waived. Eligible businesses must continue to lodge returns but do not need to make further payments for this financial year. Businesses will also be eligible to defer any payroll tax liability for the first three months of the 2020-21 financial year until January 1, 2021.


·         Liquor licence fees waived

  • Businesses that have paid for a renewable liquor licence for 2020 will be reimbursed their licence fee and those yet to pay will have the fee


·         Land tax deferral

  • Land-owners due to pay 2020 land tax that have at least one non-residential property and total taxable landholdings below $1M have the option of deferring their 2020 land tax payment until after December 31,


·         Business Support Fund

  • $500 million has been announced to support “hard hit” sectors including hospitality, tourism, accommodation, arts and entertainment, and retail. More details to



  • Payroll tax relief
    • Immediate payroll tax refunds of $740 million for COVID-19 affected businesses.

    • Payroll tax returns for all businesses have been deferred until July 31,

    • A payroll tax holiday and deferral until the end of 2020 for eligible

    • All small and medium businesses (payroll up to $6.5M) will be eligible for:

      • A two-month refund of payroll tax, giving an average of nearly $9,000 cash;

      • A three-month payroll tax holiday, saving an average of $13,360;

      • In addition, they will be eligible to defer all payroll tax payments for the rest of


·         Power costs

  • $500 rebate on electricity bills for all Queensland small and medium sized businesses that consume less than 100,000kW hours. This will be automatically applied to electricity


·         Liquor licensing

  • waived for business impacted by enforced safety industry




  • Utility costs
    • $200 rebate for all 2.1M Queensland households (including the $50 Asset Ownership Dividend already announced) to offset the cost of water and electricity bills – to be automatically applied through household electricity




  • Only broad commentary from the South Australian government as yet:

“The stimulus package will inject $350M into our economy. The package aims to safeguard (our) economy and minimise the economic impacts of the COVID-19 global crisis. This response includes road and hospital upgrades, new tourism infrastructure and an expanded Economic and Business Growth Fund to support local industry.

We’re also working with councils to deliver $50M of local projects that will support local jobs and local businesses”. Details to follow: 19-business-information-and-support/Economic-response-package



Unlikely that many may fall into this category but…

·         Payroll tax waived

  • Businesses with a payroll of between $1M and $4M will receive a one-off grant of $17,500. Eligible businesses will be able to apply to defer their 2019-2020 payroll tax

  • The payroll tax threshold will be increased to $1M from July 1, 2020, six months earlier than




  • Household fees and charges
    • All increases, fees and charges will be frozen until at least July 2021. This includes utilities, public transport fares, motor vehicle

·         Power costs

  • The Energy Assistance Package (EAP) in 2020-21 will be doubled to provide additional support to vulnerable Western Australians. The payment will increase from $300 to $600 for eligible concession card-holders.




  • Payroll tax waived
    • Payroll tax returns for all businesses have been deferred until July 31,

·         Interest free business loans

  • For businesses with a turnover of less than $5M, interest free for three

·         Impact form to complete

  • Clubs/Associations should take the time to complete the form below to provide details on how the COVID-19 shutdowns have affected their business – the form can be found here: taCollectionForm/


More info: data/assets/pdf_file/0009/226377/Stimulus_Pa ckages-Small_business_-_COVID-19_Fact_Sheet.pdf




  • Relief payments for those in isolation
    • One-off payments of $250 for individuals or up to $1,000 for families, for those who are required by Public Health to self-isolate as a result of the coronavirus. Eligibility includes those with a Health Care Card or a Pensioners, Concession Card and those on low incomes who can demonstrate a need for financial support, including casual


Please note that all of the advice is current as at March 25, 2020 and economic support packages from all levels of governments are expected to be expanded over the coming weeks and months.


Chris Wallace

General Manager – Participation and Programs Bowls Australia

19 MARCH 2020

Hi All

I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out and provide some clarity during a very confusing time for the world and sport of Lawn bowls

Firstly, as you’re Regional Bowls Manager, I would like to provide assurance that I am still here to provide support across the coming weeks and months.  However, in line with the recommended preventative measures, all Regional Bowls Managers will be endeavouring to keep face-to-face meetings to a minimum to help limit the spread of the virus. 

This does mean meetings to be done by phone and email. It does, however, provide opportunities for me to offer more dedicated assistance on areas that I may not have been able to in the past. These include, but are not limited to

  • Strategic plan development

  • Financial Planning

  • Website development/optimisation

  • Social media page development/optimisation

  • Collating membership and participation figures

Please reach out if you’re club would like some assistance with any of the above, or anything else.

Also, as previously communicated Bowls Australia (BA), in consultation with the state and territory associations, has recommended that all bowls events be suspended indefinitely.

While acknowledging that BA is not the controlling body of competitions staged locally by states, territories, districts and clubs, we feel it is prudent in the current climate that we issue this advice in order to limit any non-essential mass gatherings, until further notice.

This advice is related to any pennant, championships, tournaments and club social bowls. This decision aims to safeguard the health of the sport’s members, participants, employees, volunteers and officials, many of whom are typically from demographics that are particularly susceptible to the effects of the virus.

The Government has also announced this morning that all non-essential (not work/education/health related) gatherings of 100 people or more within Clubs are now banned.

If you would like to provide participants with further information about BA’s advice on the coronavirus, please share information that can be found on the BA website:

The latest update from Bowls Victoria can be found here:

While there will be a strong reduction in the number of bowls events staged around the country during this pandemic, it does provide an opportunity to plan for how we emerge as a bowls community on the other side of this temporary pause in activity.  I remain at your service throughout this period and encourage you to contact me if I can be of any assistance.