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Territory Business Lockdown Payment Program

A new round of the Territory Business Lockdown Payment has been established to provide immediate financial support to businesses during the current lockdown period.

This payment is an amount of $1,000 and those eligible will need to submit a simple online application.

Impacted businesses can now apply for the payment, even if they accessed a payment in the first round.

Lockdown (round 2) payment is available from 17 August: A once-off extended closure payment of $1,000 will be made available to eligible businesses that have experienced a significant downturn in turnover or ordered to shut following the chief health officer’s (CHO) direction. Get the CHO Direction No. 42 of 2021 PDF (487.5 KB) on the Coronavirus website.

Important notice

Applications are now closed.

Territory businesses that have been approved for the lockdown payment (round 2) and have been directed to stay closed by the CHO due to extended COVID-19 restrictions will be contacted about the Extended Closure payment.

The $2000 one-off Extended Closure payment is in addition to the Business Lockdown Payment (round 2), which is a one-off payment of $1,000.

This now brings the total support to $3,000 for eligible businesses such as gyms and markets.

Who can apply

In order to participate in the program a business must meet the definition of an eligible business. An eligible business may only apply once for a grant regardless of the number of premises from which it operates.

An eligible business must be all of the following:

  • is a Territory enterprise
  • holds a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) as at the date of announcement of the lockdown
  • is located within a declared lockdown area
  • was providing goods and / or services to the public wholly or substantially in the Northern Territory (NT) as at the date of announcement of the lockdown
  • is actively trading with an annual turnover of at least $75,000 and less than $10 million
  • has fewer than 20 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • has had to temporarily cease or significantly reduce trading (ie. suffers a drop of 50% or more in turnover) as a direct result of the lockdown.

Who can't apply

Workers employed by a business or employer are not eligible to participate in the program.

To be eligible to apply the applicant must have a valid legal entity and meet the requirements of an eligible business.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

Application process

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade have mobilised a team to assess applications. All Territory Business Lockdown Payment Program applications, as quickly as possible, will be prioritised before other grant programs.

The team is working through applications as fast as possible, ensuring that all applications are assessed with the appropriate due diligence and in the order of date and time received.

After you apply

Once your application has been assessed, you will be notified of the outcome. If found eligible, the sum of $1,000 will be paid within three to five business days of approval. Please note: if you do not have an NT Government vendor ID you will be required to obtain one. To find out how to register your business, go to InvoiceNTG.

A once-off extended closure payment of $1,000 will be made available to eligible businesses that were ordered to shut or stay shut by the CHO.


Assessment of lockdown payment 1 applications commenced on Monday 28 June 2021.

Date Activity
17 August 2021 Applications for lockdown payment 2 open
17 August 2021 Assessment of applications commence
27 August 2021 Applications close

The Territory Business Lockdown Payment is the result of a decision by the NT Government to provide one-off funding to assist eligible Territory businesses. The program will start as from the issue of a direction by the chief health officer for the NT that a lockdown is in place.


You may find the answers to your questions in the terms and conditions.

If you have reviewed the terms and conditions and still need help, please email your query to

A small business champion may also be able to help with questions or identify other types of support your business can access.

For more information, call 1800 193 111 and request to speak with a small business champion.

Lockdown payment 1 terms and conditions

Previous terms and conditions for lockdown 1 can still be downloaded. As part of this package, some businesses were able to apply for the extended closure grant of $1,000. These operators had to first apply and be approved for the lockdown payment.