Update - Additional Support for businesses

Building on the $250.7 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package announced Sunday 30 May, a new allocation of up to $209.3 million will flow to small and medium-sized businesses, including sole traders, increasing the total support package to $460 million.

The Business Costs Assistance Program grants for eligible businesses located in metropolitan Melbourne will be doubled from $2500 to $5000.

  • Regional businesses unable to open due to the ongoing restrictions, such as nightclubs and amusement parks, will also be eligible for the extended payment.
  • Metropolitan businesses that will have restrictions eased from Friday will not be eligible for the extended payment.

Applications for the Business Costs Assistance Program are scheduled to open on Thursday 3 June and will remain open until 11.59pm on Thursday 24 June 2021.

The Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund grants for businesses in metropolitan Melbourne with eligible liquor licences and food certificates will be doubled from $3500 to $7000.

Eligible liquor licensees under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payment will be emailed directly by Business Victoria on Thursday 3 June 2021, with a link to their grant application form.

For more information on how to apply, visit Business Victoria or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

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Check the Business Victoria website for more information and application details when available.

Other crisis support for creative workers

The following crisis relief programs provide one-off financial support for independent artists, crew, and others working in the performing arts, music, and visual arts who have been significantly affected by COVID-19.

Theatre Network Australia 1000x1000 Crisis Cash for Artists – a one-off emergency payment to support independent artists, production crew, and producers in the performing arts who have been significantly affected by COVID-19 and who do not have access to a financial safety net.

Support Act MusicKeeper and CrewKeeper – one-off cash grants of $2,000 ($2,700 for families with dependent children) for artists, crew, and other music workers affected by COVID-19.

NAVA Artists' Benevolent Fund – one-off financial assistance of $2,000 to Australian visual artists in crisis. This includes artists severely affected in their practice by a declared state or national emergency, such as losing a critical work opportunity because of COVID-19.