State Government relief measures

 

Economic Survival and Jobs Package

The Victorian Government has established an Economic Survival Package (PDF 103Kb) to suppport Victorian businesses and workers through the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Support Fund

The Victorian Government has launched the $500 million Business Support Fund to support small businesses in the sectors hit hardest by coronavirus (COVID-19) so they can survive and keep people in work.

Eligible businesses can apply for a one-off $10,000 grant which can be used towards costs such as utilities, rent and salaries, and activities to support business continuity planning.

Develop Business Continuity and Recovery Plans

Best practice for businesses is to have a continuity plan. Our site has information to help your business evaluate risk and prepare a risk management plan. You can find a detailed summary of potential actions and more resources for business on the CPA Australia website. These include Disaster Recovery Toolkits and tax information for businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Commercial Tenancies Relief Scheme

As announced on 15 April 2020, the Victorian Government will immediately introduce a commercial tenancy relief scheme to alleviate the financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of COVID-19. Find out more about the commercial tenancies relief scheme

Working for Victoria Fund

Under the Working for Victoria Fund, displaced workers will be eligible to apply for different types of work. This presents opportunities for paid work and an opportunity to contribute to Victoria’s ability to manage this event and support the community. Register your interest here.

More information

For the latest advice, information and resources, see the DHHS coronavirus page.

WorkSafe Victoria has information and advice to help you minimise the exposure of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace and help manage working from home arrangements.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry provides resources for businesses and it offering free annual membership up to $700 value so all Victorian businesses can access its services.

The Australian Banking Association recommends contacting your bank to access any assistance on offer due to the financial impact of coronavirus on your business. This could include deferred loan payments, waiving fees and restructuring loans. If you’re not sure who to contact, the ABA’s website has a list of hardship contact details.

The ATO can provide tailored support to businesses feeling the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re feeling overwhelmed, or getting behind with your tax and super obligations, contact the ATO (on 1800 806 218) or speak to your tax professional.

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides information on coronavirus and Australian workplace laws or you can call on 13 13 94.

Advice for exporters can be found on the AusTrade website.

Utilise support services available to you and your employees from Lifeline (13 11 14) and Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636 or online chat