Extended support for Economic Restrictions on Victorian businesses

Stage 4 restrictions are in place in Victoria. With these restrictions come a series of directions on the operation of businesses in certain industries until mid-September unless advised otherwise by the Victorian government.

The Business Support Fund will be expanded in recognition of spending longer under restrictions:

  • Businesses in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire may apply for support up to $10,000
  • Businesses in regional Victoria may apply for a $5,000 grant.

Previous eligibility criteria applies. Those who have successfully applied for the grant previously will automatically receive the extension. New applications must be made before 14 September. The Victorian Government is currently preparing a new set of Q&A. See at business.vic.gov.au.

Support Package for Victorian businesses

Further detail on the packages outlined 10 July is now available. We cover the Regional Tourism Business Grant, CBD Small Hospitality Business Grant and Hospitality Business Grant in our edited July Business Update. Please note businesses that have received funding under the Victorian Live Music Venues Program and/or the Business Support Fund – Expansion program are not eligible for funding through this program.

Continuing to operate

Supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, newsagencies, post offices and frontline response sector. Cafes and restaurants for takeaway and delivery of food services only. Online retail for order fulfilment and click-and-collect. News and broadcasting, telecommunications and infrastructure to support critical functions like law enforcement. Medtech, biotech, health research with a Covid-Safe plan.

Restricted operations

Food production, waste collection and supply chain logistics.

Will not operate over next six weeks

Retail, some manufacturing and administration, personal care including hair and beauty salons, libraries, accommodation businesses including pubs, taverns, bars, clubs, nightclubs and food courts. Professional services including architecture, engineering, legal and accounting.

Essential business and services

The number of workers onsite will be mandated to scale back to two-thirds or the normal workforce allowed. This includes the meat processing, warehousing and distribution industries.

Construction and Building

On major construction sites (more than 3 stories), no more than 25 per cent of the normal workforce onsite. Small-scale construction will be limited to a maximum of five people onsite including supervisors. State and civil construction projects do not need to reduce workforce but must implement a High Risk Covid-Safe plan.

Workplaces that are continuing to operate are required to comply to additional requirements including extra PPE, staggering shifts, staggering breaks, health declarations and more support for sick workers to ensure they stay home.

Further detail will be added to this update as more clarification comes from the Victorian government.

Please contact your Director or team member on +61 3 9820 6400 to discuss the extended Business Support Program or other ways you might be able to adjust your operations.

JobKeeper for a further six months

The Federal Government has reconsidered its position on the tightening of JobKeeper eligibility rules and lowered payment rates (announced 21 July).