Melbourne is back in lockdown, so we thought we’d put up an update of what is available for support:

COVID-19 Disaster Payments

(To apply for this, you must to do so in your MyGov account)

Eligible workers across the state who lose hours due to the lockdown will be eligible for support through the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment, as will businesses that do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs because they are not registered for GST or do not meet the industry criteria.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be administered through Services Australia, with Victoria assuming responsibility to fund payments in areas that have not been declared a hotspot by the Commonwealth.
Services Australia (Centrelink) will soon update their website at:
https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment-victoria
As this payment is handled by Centrelink we cannot provide advice or assistance with this measure.

Business Costs Assistance Program

This will be paid automatically to those eligible for the BCAP3
(Lockdown 4 & 5 state government grants)

Under the new State-Commonwealth business support package confirmed today, more than 90,000 businesses will be automatically paid a Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three grant of $2,800.

(Note, you must have qualified for the previous Business Costs Assistance Program from the last lockdown but there will be an opportunity for those who didn’t apply to register).

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund

(This will be paid automatically to those who received the last round of grants)

New payments of $5,000 to $20,000 will be made to more than 8,900 hospitality venues across Victoria that received funding support from the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund through the May/June and July lockdowns. Payments will be automatic and graded by venue capacity.

Alpine Business Support Program

(This will be paid automatically to those who received the last round of grants.)

Alpine businesses will receive between $5,000 (off-mountain) and $20,000 (employing businesses, on mountain) under a $10.6 million extension of the Alpine Business Support Program.

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

Some $54 million will be added to the Small Business COVID Hardship Fundannounced last week, allowing grants of up to $14,000 to be paid to small businesses that are not eligible for support under existing programs and have experienced a 70 per cent reduction in turnover.
We have summed up more information about this specific fund in a full article on our site over here.
More information about the Business Costs Assistance Program, the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund, the Alpine Business Support Program and theSmall Business COVID Hardship Fund will be available at the Business Victoria website.

 

Rent relief for businesses

(Tenants are encouraged to talk directly to their landlords)

From 28 July, commercial landlords must provide rental relief to eligible tenants that matches the tenants’ COVID-19 impacted decline in turnover under the reintroduced Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.

To be eligible for relief, commercial tenants must have an annual turnover of less than $50 million and have suffered a decline in turnover of at least 30% as a result of COVID-19.

Where an agreement cannot be reached between the tenants and landlord, the parties are encouraged to enter negotiations directly, with the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) available to provide mediation if required.

Full details are not yet available, however more information will be posted to both the VSBC and our webpage on the topic.

*update* 

You have until 30 September 2021 to apply to your landlord if you are eligible for rent relief from 28 July 2021.
We do not want you to miss this deadline.

Any applications after this date will not receive any rent relief for prior to the application.

 

Landlord Hardship Fund

To help landlords that are doing the right thing by eligible tenants, the Government will provide land tax relief of up to 25 per cent, in addition to any previous relief.

Also, Small landlords who can show acute hardship will be eligible to apply for payments as part of a $20 million hardship fund, at this stage we have no idea what this relief will look like.

*update*

Details on this have been released and can be found here.

 

Summary

All of these government grants can be a bit confusing to remember, so we’ve summarised them for you below.

Taxable Y/NGrantAmountNotesTiming
YBusiness Support Fund 1$10KApril/May 2020
YBusiness Support Fund 2$10KThis grant was paid sometimes as 2 lots of $5,000 and othertimes 1 lot of $10,000July/August 2020
NBusiness Support Fund 3$10KAugust/October 2020
YDigital Adaptation Program$1.2KApplication2021 FY
YCircuit Breaker Grant (BCAP1)$2KApplication – 1st snap lockdownFebruary 2021
NBusiness Costs Assistance Program 2
• 1st Tranch$5KApplication - Only $2,500 for regionalJune/July/August 2021
• 2nd Tranch$2KAutomatic - Top-up for Gyms, photographers, etcJune/July/August 2021
NBCAP 2 – July Extention
• 1st Tranch – 16th July$2KApplication - Eligible ANZIC codesJuly/August 2021
• 2nd Tranch – 21st July$2.8KGrant increasedJuly/August 2021
TBABCAP 3
• 1st Tranche$2.8KAutomatic Top-up to anyone who received BCAP2 & BCAP2eAugust 2021
TBABusiness Continuity Fund$5KTBAAnnounced August 2021
TBASmall Business COVID Hardship Fund$14KTBAAnnounced August 2021

 

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