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Territory Business Lockdown Payment Program

Important notice

Territory businesses that have been approved for the Lockdown payment (round 4) will be automatically assessed for the additional Small Business Payment. The Small Business Payment is available for businesses that are unable to operate due to Chief Health Officer directions for a period longer than seven days.

The Small Business weekly support payment of between $1,000 and $4,000, will be measured by turnover to reasonably reflect the need for support.

A fourth 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 an online application.

Impacted businesses from the lockdown areas can now apply for the payment, even if they accessed a payment in the third round.

Businesses that are ordered to stay closed during an and extended closure period by the Chief Health Officer, including but not limited to gyms, indoor and outdoor markets, indoor public swimming pools will be able to apply for an additional one-off $2,000 grant.

To apply for the extended closure payment, businesses must be eligible to receive the immediate one-off payment of $1,000.

Read the full terms and conditions.

Who can apply

In order to participate in the program a business must meet the definition of an eligible business located in the lockdown areas. 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 located within a declared lockdown area
  • is a Territory enterprise
  • holds a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) as at the date of announcement of the lockdown
  • 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 will be 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.


Assessment of lockdown payment 4 applications commenced on 17 November 2021.

17 November 2021 Applications for lockdown payment 4 open
17 November 2021 Assessment of applications commence
26 November 2021 Applications close

Assessment of lockdown payment 3 close on 17 November 2021

6 November 2021 Applications for lockdown payment 3 open
8 November 2021 Assessment of applications commence
17 November 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.