COVID-19 Business Support

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GUIDE FOR BUSINESS- STAGE 4 RESTRICTIONS 

Stage 4 restrictions- Melbourne

High rates of community transmission have resulted in the decision of the Victorian Government to enact Stage 4 restrictions as of Sunday 02 August 2020, 11:59pm for Melbourne.

The Victorian Government is committed to helping small businesses survive the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and help keep people in work.

If you are able to work from home, you must continue to so in order to stop the spread of coronavirus in Victoria.

Three lists affecting business operations will apply during Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne. Please see the Premier’s full Media Release (03 August) here.

 

Sunday 02 August 2020, 6:00pm

 Regular operations:

  • Supermarkets
  • Grocery stores
  • Bottle shops
  • Pharmacies
  • Petrol stations
  • Banks
  • Newsagencies
  • Post offices
  • Frontline response services

 

Wednesday 05 August 2020, 11:59pm

 Cessation of on-site operations:

  • Retail (must move to contactless delivery or click and collect)
  • Some manufacturing
  • Some administration
  • Hardware stores (can remain open onsite for tradespeople only)

 

Friday 07 August 2020, 11:59pm

Vastly changed operations:

  • Some food production
  • Waste collection
  • Construction sector

For full details, the best place to go is the GUIDE FOR BUSINESS- STAGE 4 RESTRICTIONS available HERE (top of page).

For those businesses and industries that fall into grey areas, the dedicated Industry Coordination Centre within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions will consider their case.

 

Stage 3 restrictions- Regional Victoria (including Mitchell Shire)

The risk of high rates of community transmission have resulted in the decision of the Victorian Government to enact Stage 3 ‘Stay Home’ restrictions as of Wednesday, 05 August 2020, 11:59pm in regional Victoria.

*Stage 3 restrictions already currently apply to the Mitchell Shire

The Victorian Government is committed to helping small businesses survive the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and help keep people in work.

If you are able to work from home, you must continue to so in order to stop the spread of coronavirus in Victoria.

Latest restrictions for regional Victoria:

Wednesday 05 August 2020, 11:59pm

The following must close:

  • Indoor sport centres (gyms, training facilities, pools)
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Libraries
  • Youth centres
  • Community facilities
  • Galleries
  • Museums
  • Indoor and drive-in cinemas
  • Historic sites
  • Zoos
  • Concert venues/ auditoriums
  • Outdoor amusement parks (Tourism Industry Guidelines)
  • Swimming pools
  • Beauty salons/tattoo parlours (Beauty and Personal Care Guidelines)
  • Non-food and drink market stalls
  • Food courts (restaurants and cafés within food courts can remain open for takeaway or delivery) (Hospitality Industry Guidelines)

 

 The following are subject to restrictions:

  • Restaurants and cafés can only offer takeaway or delivery
  • Pubs, bars, clubs and nightclubs can only offer takeaway or delivery of food and alcohol
  • Bottle shops are permitted to remain open
  • Hairdressing salons can operate, in line with record keeping requirements
  • Dental services can continue to operate
  • Psychologists can continue to conduct face-to-face appointments
  • Auctions can only be conducted remotely
  • In-home care and in-home services (such as cleaners and tradespeople) are permitted to continue operations. Physical distancing measures of 1.5m must be maintained
  • Factories and warehouses may remain open, as long as they comply with occupational health and safety workplace requirements

For more information, please visit the Business Victoria closures and restrictions FAQs.

 

Business Support Fund- Expansion

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APPLICATIONS CLOSE WEDNESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

The $534 million Business Support Package will provide more support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Businesses in metropolitan Melbourne or regional Victoria that are affected by Stage 3 or Stage 4 restrictions may be eligible for a one-off grant under the Business Support Fund-Expansion program.

  • $10,000 for employing businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in recognition of spending longer under restrictions
  • $5,000 for employing businesses in regional local government areas (except Mitchell Shire)

For further information, please visit the Business Victoria coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

 

Business Support Links

Please find below further business support information from Local Council (Yan Yean electorate), the Victorian State Government and Australian Federal Government.

If you require further advice or support, please contact my office via our website contact form.

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Nillumbik Council COVID-19 website

For cancellations, updates, business and community support

Whittlesea Council COVID-19 website

For cancellations, updates, business and community support

Mitchell Shire COVID-19 website

For updates, business and community support. Please see link to Mitchell Shire business support page via this page

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

List of Victorian Restrictions and Closures

For full list of business restrictions and closures in Victoria. See how this may affect you

Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus website

For the most up-to-date information on the evolving coronavirus situation in Victoria

Business Victoria Coronavirus Page

For business support, advice and information to help your business deal with coronavirus

Coronavirus Business Support Finder

Find out what business assistance you are eligible for from the Victorian and Australian governments in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

(For more information on Federal initiatives, please contact your local Federal Member of Parliament)

Business Australia

For the latest information on financial assistance (and eligibility) for businesses, from the Australian Government in relation to COVID-19

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission COVID-19 information for small businesses

For the latest information on the rights and obligations of small business in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission COVID-19 information for consumers

For the latest information on consumer rights, travel and event cancellations in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19)

JobKeeper payment information

For more information on the JobKeeper subsidy

JobSeeker payment information

For more information on the JobSeeker Payment (Financial help if you’re between 22 and Age Pension age and looking for work)