COVID-19 Business Support
Some helpful information and references to support you through this challenging time.
In this unprecedented time, there is a lot of uncertainty for business. We have developed new initiatives as part of our Boost for Business program, along with this list of useful resources and links to help support you through this period.
Your COVID Safe Plan helps protect your workers, customers and visitors and to prepare for a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace. Find more information and begin your COVIDSafe Plan or High Risk COVIDSafe Plan here.
Information and help for sole traders and hospitality businesses looking to expand to outdoor dining in line with the State Government's announcement can find more information here.
The Victorian Government has announced a third round of the Business Support Fund to provide direct financial support to businesses impacted by restrictions in Victoria. Find out more.
$3 billion in cash grants, tax relief and cashflow support will be delivered to Victorian businesses that have been most affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. The package will help businesses survive and keep Victorians in jobs. Click here for full details.
Department of Health and Human Services
The State Government branch have provided some key information and advice for the business industry. This includes responding to coronavirus, working from home, record keeping, face coverings, industry restrictions and more.
Click here for information or call 1800 675 398.
Here you'll find the latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and preventing exposure in the workplace, support for employees, compensation and information in other languages.
With tougher restrictions in effect, Business Victoria have key information on permitted workers, creating a COVID-safe workplace, financial support, the tenancy relief scheme, directories for correct equipment and more.
Visit the Business Victoria website or call the COVD-19 hotline on 13 22 15.
Boost for Business - Hotline
A dedicated hotline for businesses has been created for this period. Call our team on 03 8311 4131.
Moreland's Boost for Business program will see local business receiving support in the form of grants, the Love Merri-bek, Buy Local campaign, activating vacant shopfronts, a shopfront improvement program and more. Find out more.
Mental Health Support
No matter how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting you, Beyond Blue has developed a range of information, strategies and expert advice to help support your social and emotional wellbeing.
Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme
The Victorian Government has announced a Commercial Tenancy Relief scheme to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of COVID-19. This includes a six-month moratorium on commercial tenancy evictions, a six-month freeze on rent increases for commercial tenants, a rental payment waiver or deferral and a mediation service for commercial tenants and landlords to support fair tenancy negotiations.
Visit Victorian Small Business Commission for further support.
Industry Coordination and Questions
For those businesses and industries that fall into grey areas when it comes to their operation, the dedicated Industry Coordination Centre within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions will consider their case. Call 1300 366 356.
As of 11.59pm on Wednesday August 5, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless the workplace is part of a permitted activity, or all employees are working from home.
Employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees – this is the employer’s responsibility. Heavy penalties apply to those who do not meet the criteria. Click here for permits and more information.
If you're a business on JobKeeper, you may have heard about the extension to 28 March 2021. The Treasury has provided a fact sheet and details on eligiblity criteria on their website.
The Victorian and Federal Governments have published posters to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Simply download and print from the links below:
- Slowing the spread of Coronavirus
- Wash your hands regularly
- Cover your cough and sneeze
- Keeping your distance
- Change of hours - poster for business
- Temporary closure - poster for business
- Good hygiene practices - poster for business
The Department of Health and Human Services has created a series of support packs and fact sheets to assist you in keeping yourself, your staff and patrons safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.