Employees or individuals
- If you are concerned about your energy bills, visit Victorian Energy Saver
- If you urgently need food and supplies and have no other support, you may be able to get an emergency relief package. These are designed to provide basic food essentials and personal care items for a family of four for two weeks. To request one, call 1800 675 398 and select option 8
- Victorians from low-income households can now access a one-off $250 payment to help with their energy bills, thanks to the Victorian Government’s new Power Saving Bonus. To see if you’re eligible, visit Victorian Energy Compare website
- If you have had a COVID-19 test and are isolating until you receive results, meaning you can’t go to work and won’t get paid, you may qualify for the $450 test isolation payment
- If you have been directed by the Victorian Department of Health to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days and subsequently can’t go to work and won’t get paid, you may qualify for the $1500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. You may also be eligible if you are caring for someone who has been directed to self-isolate or quarantine.
- Small Business COVID Hardship Fund - The program offers grants of $14,000 to eligible small and medium businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses. This program will allow more businesses who have previously not received support, to receive financial relief now.
- The Victorian Events Support Package is dedicated to supporting operators in the events industry who have incurred losses due to the circuit-breaker restrictions.
- Live Performance Support Program (Presenters) Round Two - grants of $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.
- Live Performance Support Program (Suppliers) Round Two - Suppliers may be eligible for either $200 or $500 per event, depending on the level of loss or unrecoverable costs incurred. They can apply for support for up to 20 events through Round One and Round Two of the program. There is a cap of $4000 in total support per applicant across the two rounds of the program.
- You may qualify for the Small Business Digital Adaptation Program.
- If you have apprentices, you may qualify for the JobTrainer apprentice supplement
- If you need help with energy bills, such a electricity, you may qualify for Energy payment support
- You can apply for extended and expanded payroll tax deferral. Eligible businesses with payrolls up to $10 million can defer their liabilities for the full 2020/21 financial year
- There is also a range of support available for businesses from the Australian Government, including guaranteed loans, early access to superannuation and support with creditors.
Adapting your approach
- If you would like to look at different ways to fine tune your business, such as remote operating, eCommerce and budgeting, you can visit Upskill My Business
- Business recovery and resilience mentoring is available through Business Victoria
- Partners in Wellbeing Helpline provides confidential, one-on-one service providing support for small business owners and employees through trained wellbeing coaches, financial counsellors and business advisors.
Reviewed 27 August 2021