Support for your business during COVID-19

The following information was updated on Tuesday 7 September 2021.

Visit our COVID-19 information hub for information on all Yarra service changes.

Current restrictions

The Victorian Government has announced that metropolitan Melbourne, including the City of Yarra, will remain in lockdown. 

Financial support for your business 

Below is a summary of current grant funds and programs from the Victorian and Australian governments to support your business during COVID-19 restrictions. 

Business Costs Assistance Program grants and top-up payments 

Who for? Successful recipients of the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two, or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension that operate a business in metropolitan Melbourne.
How much? Automatic payment of $2,800 
Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing
NB: The Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two, and the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension are both now closed for new applications. Top up payments only apply to previous grant recipients under this program. 

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Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021

Who for? Licensed hospitality premises in metropolitan Melbourne that have previously received grants under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 or July Extension programs 
How much? Automatic payments of $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 per week
Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing
NB: The original fund is closed for new applications. Top up payments only apply to previous grant recipients under this fund.

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COVID-19 Disaster Payment

Who for? Eligible workers who lose hours due to lockdowns, and businesses that do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs because they are not registered for GST.  
How much? Variable
Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing 

More information and apply now 

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

Who for? If you can't earn an income because you must self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with COVID-19. 
How much? Variable
Open: Now
Closes: Ongoing 

More information and apply now 

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Rent relief for commercial tenants

The Victorian Government has reintroduced the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, providing rent relief to commercial tenants who have experienced a loss in turnover of more than 30% during the pandemic.

Landlords will be required to provide proportional rent relief in line with a business’ reduction in turnover.

For example, a business with a turnover of 40% of pre-pandemic levels can only be charged 40% of their rent. Of the balance, at least half must be waived, with the remainder to be deferred.

Tenants and landlords are encouraged to negotiate directly. The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) are available to provide mediation if the tenant and the landlord cannot reach an agreement.

This new scheme is backdated to start from Wednesday 28 July 2021. Commercial landlords can’t issue eviction notices for eligible tenants without obtaining a direction from the VSBC.

To help landlords that are doing the right thing by eligible tenants, the Victorian Government will provide land tax relief of up to 25%, in addition to any previous relief, at an estimated cost of $100 million.

Tenants and landlords can contact the VSBC for further information on 13 87 22 or visit the VSBC website.

COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate

The COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate is available for small and medium-sized businesses where anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been on the premises when they may have been infectious.

< />The rebate will help businesses cover the cost of hiring professional cleaning services. The rebate will cover up to 80% of the cleaning costs at each premises, capped at a grant of $10,000 (for a total cleaning cost of $12,500).

 

Create your COVIDSafe Plan

It is mandatory for every Victorian business to have a COVIDSafe Plan and understand your responsibilities to keep your staff and customers safe.

To make writing your COVIDSafe Plan easy, we have an exclusive chatbot for Yarra business owners. The chatbot will ask you a series of questions and email your personalised COVIDSafe Plan to you in 15 minutes.

Alternatively, you can download and complete a COVIDSafe Plan template.

You can also access a collection of signage, posters and questionnaires to assist in communicating key messages to your staff and customers.

Mental health support

It is important you know how to look after your own mental health, as well as that of your employees.

Free, confidential wellbeing and mental health support is now available to business owners, your employees and family members. The Partners in Wellbeing hotline provides one-on-one support to improve wellbeing, as well as free access to business advisers and financial counsellors. Call 1300 375 330 from 9am to 10pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends.

Wellbeing and mental health support in languages other than English

Free online mentoring sessions

Business Victoria offers free online mentoring sessions to help you start or grow your small business. 

Available Monday to Friday, the one-on-one mentoring sessions will provide information on your business idea or how to grow your existing business. 

Small Business Bus 

Operated by Business Victoria, the Small Business Bus is a 'travelling office on wheels', offering friendly and professional business assistance. Book your appointment now. 

Upskill My Business

Receive free training to help you prepare for a strong recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic via Upskill My Business. Topics include:

  • building resilience through COVID-19
  • managing cash flow
  • managing worker and employer mental health and wellbeing.

Business recovery and resilience mentoring

The Victorian Government and the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry are delivering a business mentoring program to help you navigate the economic challenges posed by COVID-19 restrictions.

Eligible business owners can receive up to four 2-hour mentoring sessions with an experienced professional who will help you make informed decisions about the future of your business.