This week, the Victorian Government announced a new $282.5 million support package for communities and businesses most affected by restrictions.
The additional funding means 90,000 Victorian businesses and sole traders will now share in up to $484.3 million in support for the 12 days of the current lockdown.
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.
Discussions with the Commonwealth Government have confirmed that the vast majority of micro-businesses not registered for GST will be eligible for the Covid-19 Disaster Payment of $600/$375 per seven-day period. The Victorian Government will establish a concierge service to help these businesses access this support.
Key components include:
- Eligible Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund recipients will receive $4,200, taking the total payment to $7,200.
- Business Costs Assistance Program recipients will receive $2,800, increasing the total grant to $4,800.
- Alpine businesses that were eligible for grants of up to $15,000 will receive an extra $3000, on top of any entitlements under Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 or Business Costs Assistance Package Round Two.
- Eligible public events and public events suppliers affected by the lockdown will receive support of up to $25,000 and $10,000 respectively through the Impacted Public Events Support Program.
- A new round of the Live Performance Support programs, with funding of up to $7,000 for presenters and up to $2,000 for suppliers, has also been confirmed.
More information about this support package is available at business.vic.gov.au.