stage 4 lockdown business victoria

Additional business support has been announced to help eligible businesses with the latest restrictions.

Weren’t previously eligible for JobKeeper?

Although you may not have qualified for JobKeeper originally, stage 4 lockdown may have changed things for you.

The original JobKeeper system runs until the end of September, so if you are expecting a drop of 30% or more to your revenue this month, it may be worth applying.


JobKeeper 2.0 possible changes

(October onward)

Treasurer Frydenberg commented earlier this week that he is in talks with the state government to discuss the possibility about easing the eligibility criteria to JobKeeper 2.0 which commences in October.
Under the current arrangements, most businesses currently on JobKeeper would have failed to qualify for JobKeeper 2.0 due to improved business performance in late May and June.
Due to Victoria’s stage 4 lockdown, it’s being proposed that this test be modified so businesses affected by the lockdown are not disadvantaged by one or two good months in the June quarter.
We’ll let you know more on this once information becomes available.


Victorian Business Support Fund – Extension changes

  • An additional $5k grant (Metro Melbourne)
  • A $5k grant (Regional Victoria)

If you have already received the initial $5K BFSe grant then you will NOT need to re-apply. The additional amount will be paid to you automatically in due course.

If you missed out last time because you were outside of Metro Melbourne, please keep reading below.
Eligible businesses must:
  • operate a business located in metropolitan Melbourne or regional Victoria
  • be a participant in the JobKeeper Payment scheme
  • employ people
  • be registered with WorkSafe on 30 June 2020
  • have an annual payroll of <$3 million in 2019-20 on an ungrouped basis
  • be registered for GST as at 30 June 2020
  • hold an ABN and have held that ABN at 30 June 2020
  • be registered with the responsible Federal or State regulator.
Businesses that have received funding from other components of the Victorian Government’s Economic Survival Package are eligible to apply for this program.

Business owners that do not employ people (non-employing businesses) are not eligible for funding through this program.


What next?

Similar to JobKeeper, you can either do this yourself, or engage us to take care of this grant on your behalf.


1/ Do you want us to take care of this for you?

Please get in touch with via assist[@]optimisedaccounting[dot]com[dot]au
(or click the questionnaire link in the email we sent you)
We will ask you to provide the following information to us:
  • Your WorkCover employer number, which is on all documents sent by Worksafe
  • Utility bill/lease agreement/council rates

The fee for us to manage this grant on your behalf is $180+gst

This will approve us to direct debit you this fee using our existing direct debit details within 7 days of you successfully receiving the grant.



2/ Do you want to do this yourself?

If you are doing this yourself, you will need to provide in your application:

  • JobKeeper receipt number (ask us and we will email it to you)
  • Most recent JobKeeper business monthly declaration
  • Utility bill/lease agreement/council rates (to prove your address)
  • WorkCover ID number (to prove you have employees)
  • Information about your trust if you are in one
  • Explanation of why you have been affected by the lockdown

Click here to apply.


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