COVID-19 Updates

Do Commercial fishers need to wear masks? Check out the latest with NSW PFA's COVID-19 updates.

Current NSW Covid-19 restrictions

In both Regional NSW, Greater Sydney and LGA’s of concern, Service NSW confirmed that authorised workers (such as commercial fishers) can travel in the same car together.


They are required to wear masks


Business must have covid safety plan in place


If travelling from an LGA of Concern, they must be authorised workers & have had one COVID-19 vaccination by the 10 September 2021


Travel with a travel declaration if required (if going in/out of LGA of Concerns or greater Sydney)

For the list of LGAs of Concerns got to:

For a Covid Safety Plan template for your business go to: 

NOTE: advice is changing regularly so go to for the latest information.

 Visit the COVID Safe businesses webpage for more information, or the DPI COVID website for more information.  

To find out more information contact 

COVID-19 pufferfish Mask NSW PFA

Don’t Forget To Wear Your Face Masks

Commercial fishers need to wear masks, however they can remove the masks when doing physical activity or for safety reasons. Therefore when they are at sea working, and for safety reasons (such as clear communication over the noise of an engine) they wouldn’t need to wear a mask. There is no specific reference to commercial fishers in the Public Health Order (PHO) re masks.

COVID-19 Business Support Information

Due to extensions of stay-at-home public health orders, there have been a number of additional support measures for businesses made available this week through the NSW Government.

Details can be found at the COVID-19 help for businesses | Service NSW.

Free of Charge Advice for Businesses Affected by Lockdown Small businesses affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions are encouraged to seek free-of-charge advice from the NSW Government’s business advisory service Business Connect. Welcome to Business Connect (

The 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant is available to eligible NSW businesses that have a turnover between $75,000 and $50 million (inclusive), and a total Australian wages bill of $10 million or less. They can claim grants between $7,500 and $15,000 to cover the first three weeks of restrictions. For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit Apply for the 2021 COVID-19 business grant.

The JobSaver scheme, to be delivered together with the Commonwealth, will provide cash flow support to help eligible businesses retain staff. This will be up to 40 per cent of weekly payroll with a payment of between $1,500 to a maximum of $10,000 per week, provided staffing levels are maintained at the level as of 13 July 2021. Eligible non-employing businesses will receive $1,000 per week; For more information and to apply, visit Apply for the JobSaver payment.

The Micro Business COVID-19 Support Grant is available for eligible businesses with a turnover of more than $30,000 and less than $75,000 that experience a decline in turnover of 30 per cent or more. Eligible businesses will receive $1,500, tax-free, per fortnight of restrictions; For more information and to apply, visit Apply for the 2021 COVID-19 micro-business grant.

Land tax relief equal to the value of rent reductions provided by commercial, retail and residential landlords to financially distressed tenants, up to 100 per cent of the 2021 land tax year liability;

Residential landlords who decrease rent for impacted tenants can apply for a grant of up to $1,500 or land tax relief depending on their circumstances.

Introduction of legislative amendments to ensure a short-term eviction moratorium for rental arrears where a residential tenant suffers loss of income of 25 per cent due to COVID-19 and meets a range of criteria;

No recovery of security bonds, or lockouts or evictions of impacted retail and commercial tenants prior to mediation.

From 18 July the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be increased to $600 per week if a person has lost more than 20 hours of work a week or $375 per week if a person has lost between 8 to 20 hours per week. The payment will also be available to those outside the declared hotspots in NSW that meet the criteria for payment Information is available at COVID-19 Disaster Payment – New South Wales – Services Australia.

Payroll Tax Deferrals A payroll tax deferral this quarter for all businesses, and a waiver for businesses with payroll between $1.2 million to $10 million who can demonstrate a 30% reduction in turnover. Tax assistance is available to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.