Update to Vic Government Support

Announced 18 August 2021

There has been a joint federal and state government announcement regarding the latest round of business support packages announced on 18 August 2021.

Automatic payments for prior applicants

Automatic payments will be made to successful applications of the following previously announced business support packages:

  • Business Costs Assistance Program – automatic payment of $5600 ($2,800 per week).
  • Licenced Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 – automatic payments of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 per week depending on venue capacity.
  • Small Business COVID Hardship Fund – grants have increased from $10,000 to $14,000.

For more information please see the Business Victoria website: More support for Melbourne businesses – 19 August 2021 | Business Victoria

Live Performance Support Program Round Two

The Live Performance Support Program (Presenters) Round Two provides grants to eligible businesses affected by the cancellation or postponement of events as a result of lockdowns and public health restrictions between 11:59pm on 27 May 2021 and 11:59pm on 2 September 2021.

This program is for live performance event presenters. A presenter is a person or organisation with the right to hold, cancel or re-schedule an event, collect the proceeds from ticket sales or re-locate a given live performance event. For any given event, this may be the producer, promoter, venue owner or artist promoting their own show.

Applicants can apply for either $7000 or $5000 for one event, depending on losses or unrecoverable costs, and a further $5000 for a second event. There is a cap of $12,000 per applicant across the two rounds of the program.

Click here to apply: Victorian Events Support Package | Business Victoria.

COVID-19 Disaster Payments

Eligible workers across the state who lose work due to the lockdown will be able to access the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Disaster Payment, as will individuals who are sole-traders and do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is administered through Services Australia. The payment is set at $450 for people who have lost 8-20 hours work over seven days and $750 for 20 hours or more. People who receive certain Commonwealth income support are eligible to receive a $200 payment where they have lost eight hours work or more due to the lockdowns.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.