Restrictions easing from 11:59pm 27 October 2020
From 11:59pm Tuesday 27 October 2020 some restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria are easing. See the Premier's metropolitan Melbourne statement and the Premier's regional Victoria statement for details.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap for reopening provides steps on easing restrictions, dependent on how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community and public health advice.
The coronavirus.vic.gov.au website is your new home for coronavirus (COVID-19) information.
On it you'll find:
- Roadmap for reopening for metropolitain Melbourne and regional Victoria including how we live and how we work.
- Industry restriciton levels for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
- Guidance for sectors including Industry Restart Guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces
- COVIDSafe Plans and High Risk COVIDSafe Plans for your business
- Information to help you create a COVIDSafe workplace
- Worker Permit Scheme information including Permitted worker permits
- Support for businesses - coronavirus (COVID-19) business grants and support programs can still be found on Business Victoria in our Grants and assistance section.
- Financial support including Australian Government, Victorian Government and other support for employees, apprentices and business owners.
- Commercial tenancy relief scheme
- Working for Victoria initiative for employers and jobseekers
- Plus information for education, travel, housing and more.
Business resilience package announced
The Victorian Government has announced a $3 billion package to help businesses survive and keep Victorians in jobs. See the Premier's media release for details.
See more at:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support
More information and support
For the latest advice, information and resources, see the DHHS coronavirus page.
- If you suspect you, your staff or a regular customer may have coronavirus (COVID-19) call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398
- National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information Line - 1800 020 080 (this number operates 24/7 - if you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450)
- If you need information on the operation of your business or access to assistance relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) you can call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15 or Contact Us
- 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
- Chartered Accountants Australia provides information on business and tax impacts
- The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry provides resources for businesses and is 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 Australian Tax Office (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
- City of Melbourne is offering grants to businesses within the municipality to invest in online and e-commerce activities, training and development and capital works to adapt to changing conditions
- The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman's My Business Health website has advice and a Business Toolbox to help you run a healthy business with a healthy mind.