Local Business Support Opportunities

The Victorian Government is investing $3 billion to help businesses impacted by ongoing restrictions and prepare for COVID Normal business.

$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. 

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Sole Trader Support Fund

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The Sole Trader Support Fund provides grants of $3,000 to eligible non-employing sole traders who are impacted by the restrictions in Victoria’s roadmap for reopening.

Details on eligibility and applications are available at Business Victoria Sole Trader Support Fund.


Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package

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These Business Victoria Outdoor Eating and Entertainment grants are being offered to help businesses adapt their operations to outdoor dining. Grants are available to licensed and unlicensed hospitality businesses, including restaurants, cafes, pubs/taverns, bars, clubs and takeaway food venues.

Eligible businesses can apply for a grant of $5,000. Funds can be used to pay for practical things like umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and other equipment. 

Recipients can also use grants for training, marketing and other costs of adapting new, expanded or enhanced outdoor dining.

For more information on eligibility and the application process visit Business Victoria Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package.


Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund

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The Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund program will provide grants of up to $30,000 for eligible liquor licensees with hospitality venues impacted by the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Eligible licensees will be invited to apply through their Liquor Portal accounts.

For more information on eligibility and the application process, including Liquor Portal accounts, visit Business Victoria Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund.


Third Round of the Business Support Fund

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The third round of the Business Support Fund will provide grants of up to $20,000 to eligible businesses.

For more information on eligibility and applications visit Business Victoria Business Support Fund.


COVIDSafe Plan

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It is mandatory for every Victorian business to have a COVIDSafe Plan.

Your COVIDSafe Plan must set out:

  • Your actions to help prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace
  • The level of face mask or personal protective equipment (PPE) required for your workforce
  • How you will prepare for, and respond to, a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace
  • This plan must demonstrate how you will meet all the requirements set out by the Victorian Government. Some higher-risk industries or workplaces have additional requirements of employers and employees.

For more information and resources to help businesses prepare this important plan visit: COVIDSafe Plan