Business information

Updated: 10 August 2020 - 11.45am

Financial Assistance Finder

Find out what you might be eligible for. A range of assistance is available from the Australian and Victorian governments and other organisations to support businesses impacted. This finder will ask you a series of questions to help you find the support available based on your circumstances.

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Victorian Government

Business Victoria Hotline 132 215

Website link here

Victorian Business Support Fund

As part of the $1.7 billion economic survival package, the Victorian Government has announced $500 million to establish a Business Support Fund to assist small to medium businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

To find out more visit Business Support webpage.

Working for Victoria Program

This program helps Victorians, including people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, find new work opportunities. Individuals can register for work and similarly businesses can register their interest in recruiting workers. To find out more, visit the Working for Victoria webpage.

Upskill My Business Survival Package

This package provides online programs, short courses and events on the 'Upskill My Business' platform, covering topics ranging from business innovation and staff development to export preparation - important areas of development that can help shape the future of businesses and individuals.

To find out more visit the Business Victoria Upskill my Business webpage, or call 132 215.

Permitted Worker Scheme

Effective Wednesday, 5 August from 11.59pm. Visit the Department of Justice and Community Safety webpage for full details and template to apply. 

Australian Government

Information about financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian business.

Business Hotline:  132 846

Website link here

Australian Taxation Office

Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218 for help tailored to your circumstances.

For more information on the Australian Taxation Offices response to COVID-19 click here.

Australian Fair Work Ombudsman

Coronavirus and Australia workplace laws. For more information visit Fair Work webpage.

Other business support 

Victorian Chamber Membership

The Victorian Chamber, VCCI, has waived the fees for Essentials membership, originally worth $700. They have also increased the training and consulting credits available to Essential members from $200 to $700.

To claim free membership, visit Victorian Chamber webpage or download flyer(PDF, 559KB) for more details.

Commercial tenancy relief scheme

The Victorian Government now has a commercial tenancy relief scheme in place to support commercial tenants and landlords who are struggling with economic disruption due to the pandemic.

The scheme includes a six month moratorium on evictions for not paying rent, which applies to Victorian SMEs that have an annual turnover less than $50 million and are participants in the Commonwealth Government's JobKeeper scheme. The scheme also provides land tax relief to eligible commercial landlords that provide rent relief to their eligible tenants.

Visit the Business Victoria website for more information.