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Government assistance for individuals and business

INDIVIDUALS

COVID-19 Disaster Payments

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a weekly payment of $750 available to eligible workers who can’t attend work or who have lost income because of a lockdown and don’t have access to certain paid leave entitlements. If you are a couple, both people can separately claim the payment.

Sole traders may apply for COVID-19 Disaster Payment if you are unable to operate your business from home.

You can apply for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment through your MyGov account.

You must have lost 8 hours or more of work and be over 17 years old.

www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment-victoria-if-you-dont-get-centrelink-payment/how-claim


BUSINESS

Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three

Eligible business to receive $2,800 automatically from 6th August. To be eligible for this grant you must fall under certain industry types – defined by ANZIC codes. Many businesses will not be eligible for this grant. If you have received grants under Round Two of this program then this income will come automatically.

Eligible ANZIC codes listed here:
business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/circuit-breaker-business-support-package/business-costs-assistance-program/eligible-anzsic-classes

There is an opportunity to apply for this Round of grants should you now become eligible or have not accessed them in the past. You have until 13th August.

business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-costs-assistance-program-round-two-july-extension

$5,000 Business Continuity Fund

$5,000 grants will be available to businesses that continue to be impacted by capacity limits imposed by public health restrictions. Eligible businesses in the Melbourne CBD will receive an additional $2,000.

Twenty-four sectors are covered by the grant including gyms, cafes, restaurants, catering services and hairdressers.

To be eligible, your business must have received or been eligible for the Business Costs Assistance Program. These businesses will be contacted mid-August through Business Victoria.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021

On 6th August, Grants from $5,000 to $20,000 will be available through the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund. Eligible businesses in the Melbourne CBD will also receive an additional $2,000. These payments will be automatically provided to those business who have previously received the earlier grant under this scheme.

Each business should receive an invitation to apply via Victorian Commission for Gambling & Liquor Regulation.

If you received grants under the Business Costs Assistance Program then you cannot receive this grant.


Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

From the 6th August 2021, it was announced a new fund will be established for small businesses with a payroll of up to $10 million that are not eligible under the existing grant programs.

To receive the grant of up to $5,000, your business will need to demonstrate a decline in turnover of 70% or more. This grant will allow for a further $8,000 for eligible businesses.

As yet applications are not open on the Business Victoria website. We strongly recommend you review this website regularly.

Business Victoria Microbusiness Hotline – 13 22 15

Please note for sole traders and very small businesses, a dedicated hotline has been established by Business Victoria to assist in the availability of grants and other business support due to COVID.


Support for Commercial Tenants and Landlords

From 28th July, commercial landlords must provide rental relief to eligible tenants that matches the tenants’ decline in turnover under the reintroduced Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.

To be eligible for relief, commercial tenants must have an annual turnover of less than $50 million and have suffered a decline in turnover of at least 30% as a result of COVID-19. www.vsbc.vic.gov.au