COVID-19 Business Support & Resources
For the latest COVID-19 information please visit Coronavirus (COVID-19).
From 11.59 pm on Thursday 27 July the Victorian state-wide lockdown will be lifted.
For information on what this includes refer to the TABLE OF RESTRICTIONS(PDF, 55KB).
Cash Support Grants for your Business
An injection of $282.5 million means 90,000 Victorian businesses and sole traders will receive automatic top-ups for the lockdown extension to be made in coming days.
Eligible Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund recipients will receive $4,200 and Business Costs Assistance Program recipients will receive $2,800. Information surrounding these top-up payments can be found on the Business Victoria website. Businesses that had chosen not to apply for these support programs in relation to the May/June lockdown, or had been ineligible to apply but are now eligible, will be welcome to apply for July lockdown support payments and will be considered outside of the automatic top-up process. Further information regarding how to apply for these support payments will available in the coming days.
Microbusinesses not registered for GST can apply for the Covid-19 Disaster Payment through your MyGov account. If you’re eligible, you’ll get $375 for each relevant period if you lost between 8 and less than 20 hours of work per week OR a full day of your usual work hours per week. If you lost 20 hours or more of work per week, you’ll get $600 for each relevant period.
If you require any assistance please contact the Economic Development team on 5593 7100 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victorian Government QR Code Service
All venues and businesses required to undertake electronic record keeping must use the free Victorian Government QR code service.
Checking-in is now mandatory in retail settings like supermarkets and shops.
The 15-minute threshold has been removed, anyone entering a shop or a café will need to check-in.
If you need some help with the QR code, give our team a call and we will assist you through the process.
Signage for your Business
Businesses that are open are required to have signage on display to let customers and staff know how many people can be in the shop at any one time. Below is an example of signage click here for links to download signs and posters.
If you do not have access to a printer please get in touch with the Economic Development team on 5593 7100 or email@example.com and we can organise to have them printed for you.
Business Recovery & Mentoring
The Victorian Government has partnered with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) to deliver a business mentoring program to help small businesses navigate the economic challenges posed by restrictions to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).Through this program, eligible business owners can receive up to four 2-hour mentoring sessions with an experienced professional who will help them make informed decisions about the future of their business.
The program offers tailored guidance on:
- Business recovery - to strengthen business recovery (cost reduction, debt and cashflow management)
- Market transformation - to understand how coronavirus (COVID-19) has triggered or accelerated market changes
- Digital literacy and engagement - to help businesses reach new customers and markets
- Market and supply chain diversification - to reduce exposure to supply chain risks
- Reskilling and retraining - to help businesses upskill their existing workforce
More information and links to apply can be found HERE.
Upskill my Business Program
The Victorian Government has partnered with key industry groups and top education providers to present virtual professional-learning opportunities to small business owners impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Prepare your business for a strong recovery with the range of free online programs, short courses and events available at https://upskill.business.vic.gov.au/ or through the Business Victoria hotline (13 22 15)
Other Information & Resources
Rural Financial Counselling Service
An independent service operating in Western Victoria offering free and confidential financial counselling and assistance to small businesses experiencing challenges as a result of lower income or increasing costs. RFCS can provide assistance with the following financial matters:
- assistance to understand your financial position
- identify options and develop an action plan
- prepare budgets and cash flows
- assist with loan and financing applications
- negotiations with financial institutions
- access government and private assistance packages
Phone 1300 735 578 or visit www.wswrcs.com.au to make your appointment.