I encourage small and medium-sized business, sole traders and people who have lost work to lockdown to seek the maximum cash support available from government.
COVID hardship fund
This fund offers a $14,000 payment where revenue has dropped more than 70 per cent since May 27, 2021, for small and medium-sized business ineligible for other support programs.
You must be able to show the drop for a minimum of two consecutive weeks compared with the same period in 2019. If you weren’t trading in 2019 alternative arrangements are available.
You must also have an Australian business number (ABN) and be registered for goods and services tax (GST). Find more information here.
Business costs assistance program
Regional business which received a Business Costs Assistance Program payment in round two and the subsequent July extension will receive $5600, or $2800 per week, during the August 21-September 2 lockdown period. You do not need to re-apply.
Licensed hospitality venue fund
Licensed hotels, restaurants, cafes and clubs which received a payment of $5000 to $20,000 per week, according to patron capacity, will receive the same payment during the current lockdown.
Alpine resorts winter support program
This program will also provide payments of $5000 to $20,000 per week to eligible businesses.
Check the latest information for each of these programs listed above.
COVID-19 disaster payment
If you lost or lose work during lockdown you can apply for a COVID-19 disaster payment of $450 or $750 for every seven-day period that COVID restrictions prevent you from working.
Sole traders who don’t have an ABN or aren’t registered for GST can also apply for this payment.
In regional Victoria, you can claim the disaster payment for these periods:
- August 6-12 (apply before September 2)
- August 20-26 (apply before September 16)
- August 27-September 2 (apply before September 23)
Check your eligibility before you apply.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03 4700 1787 if you need help, or if your applications keep being rejected. My office is open 9am-5pm weekdays.