Jul 20, 2021


VIC COVID-19 Support Package - Key Measures

The Federal and Victorian Government announced several new and modified support measures as part of their support package. The following summarises some of the key measures announced last week.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

Employees whose hours of work are reduced relating to a compulsory lockdown will be entitled to taxable COVID-19 Disaster Payments. This weekly payment will vary depending on the number of hours lost. The payment will open for applications on day eight of a lockdown. No liquid assets test will apply. 

Hours of work lost

8 to less than 20

20 or more

Weekly payment



 See Services Australia COVID-19 Disaster payment for more information and how to claim. 

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

A taxable lump sum payment of $1,500 is available to individuals who cannot work due to self-isolation or quarantine obligations relating to COVID-19 restrictions. This lump sum payment is available for each compulsory 14-day period of self-isolation or quarantine.

See Services Australia - Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment - Victoria for more details on eligibility. 

Business Cost Assistance Program Round Two - Top-Up Payment

Businesses that are eligible for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two will be eligible for a top-up payment of $2,000.

The Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two provides assistance to eligible small to medium businesses impacted by the May to June 2021 COVID-19 restrictions. A grant of up to $7,000 to eligible small and medium businesses is available under the program. For more information please see Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 - Top-Up Payment

Businesses that are eligible for the Licensed Hospitality Fund 2021 will be eligible for a top-up payment of $3,000.

Under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021, eligible liquor licenses operating a restaurant, hotel, cafe, pub, bar, club or reception area that are registered to serve food and alcohol received a grant. The grant was $3,500 per premise in regional Victoria and $7,000 per premise in metropolitan Melbourne.

In addition, licensees operating an eligible tourism business in regional Victoria may also receive a Tourism Supplement bringing their total grant to $7,000.

See Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 for more information.

Business Support Payments

At the time of writing the Commonwealth and Victorian governments have yet to confirm whether the Commonwealth / State funded Business Support Payments like that made available to NSW would be made available to VIC.

See PM's National Cabinet Media Statement 16 July 2021 for more information.

What about other states?

Fore more information on state and territory information, grants and assistance please see business.gov.au




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