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Business Support Package

Support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.

About the initiative

The Business Support Package provides more support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The new package includes:

  • The Business Support Fund – Expansion program providing $10,000 for employing businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and $5,000 for employing businesses in regional Victoria (except Mitchell Shire.)
  • A $30 million dedicated fund for Victoria’s night time economy to support the hardest hit businesses in hospitality.
  • $26 million in mental health support will ensure Victorians dealing with the compounding challenges of running a small business can get the support they need as they navigate their way through the crisis.
  • A $10 million business mentoring program, pairing small business owners with experienced professionals who can help them navigate their way through the crisis.
  • A $40 million capped fund for regional tourism businesses to cover the costs of refunds.
  • A $20 million fund to support small businesses in Melbourne’s CBD that are faced with a large and sustained shock to their trading environments.

Businesses will also benefit from an extended and expanded payroll tax deferral. Eligible businesses with payrolls up to $10 million can defer their liabilities for the first half of the 2020/21 financial year.

Please visit the individual program pages linked below to register.

Business Support Fund - Expansion

Supporting business through restrictions with $10,000 grants to support businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and $5,000 grants to support businesses in regional Victoria.

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Regional Tourism Accommodation Support Program

Direct financial support of up to $225 per booking, per night, to support accommodation businesses affected by cancellations due to Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and state border closures.

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Wellbeing and Mental Health Support for Victorian Small Businesses

Victorians dealing with the compounding challenges of running a small business can get the support they need as they navigate their way through the crisis.

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Support for Victorian hospitality businesses

The Victorian Government has launched three targeted initiatives to support the many bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants who have been heavily impacted.

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If you have further questions, call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15 or Contact Us.

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