Premier Peter Gutwein says issues raised with the government's small business hardship grants program will be examined after claims the assessment process was inequitable.
The program promised $15,000 grants to businesses that could exhibit hardship during their ongoing operation over the coronavirus period.
The program was fully subscribed which led to an extension which offered a lesser amount of $4000 to eligible applicants.
Labor leader Rebecca White said the handling of the small business hardship grant program had been deeply inequitable.
"Premier, you led businesses to believe that if they met the eligibility criteria, they would receive support," she said.
"Businesses have described a shambolic process that has added stress at a time when they are already facing hardship.
"It is clear that this program has been badly managed. Some businesses have missed out on support and may well go under."
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Premier Peter Gutwein said he had not been aware of the problems with the program until he faced questions from Labor in Parliament on Wednesday.
He said he would take advice from Treasury and the State Growth Department over the matter.
Mr Gutwein said some applications might be revisited or the program could be extended if there was a need to do so.
"The intention of this program was to provide support to small businesses that needed it," he said.
Greens leader Cassy O'Connor said an internal review was welcome.
"To be fair to government agencies, everything is happening so fast and there are vast volumes of money that they need to get out the door to help people," she said.
"Those processes aren't going to be perfect in a hurry."
Lift Up Coffee Bar owner Rachel Burke took over the Scottsdale-based cafe in October.
She said she applied for the grants program in the first two weeks of its opening.
Ms Burke said she sensed a delay to assessment of her application, and when she followed it up with State Growth, her application could not be found.
Later that day, $4000 appeared in her bank account.
Ms Burke said while she was grateful to receive any support, she said she did not understand why some businesses received $15,000 and others the lesser amount.
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