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2021 07 news payments

Support is available if you are impacted by the Victorian lockdowns.

Australia

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

If a state public health order for COVID-19 adversely affects you, Services Australia provides a support payment. This weekly payment helps if you can't earn an income because of a COVID-19 lockdown, hotspot or period of restricted movement.

To be eligible:

  • you can’t attend work and have lost income because of COVID-19 restrictions
  • you can't access appropriate paid leave entitlements from your employer
  • you’re not receiving an income support payment, a state or territory pandemic payment, Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment or state small business payment for the same period.

The payment is:

  • $600 each week if a person has lost 20 hours or more of work a week, or
    $375 each week if a person has lost between 8 and 20 hours of work.

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Bank support for Australian customers

Business and home loan customers impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns across Australia are encouraged to contact their bank to see what support may be available.

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Victoria

Business support payment

Businesses that successfully applied for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two (from the May/June 2021 lockdown) will automatically receive a top-up payment of $4800 ($2,000 announced 16th July, and a further $2,800 announced 21 July).

Businesses that successfully applied for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 (from the May/June 2021 lockdown) will automatically receive a top-up payment of $7200 ($3,000 announced 16th July, and a further $4,200 announced 21 July).

Businesses that didn't previously apply or have become eligible to apply for the Business Cost Assistance Program or the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021, can apply for July lockdown support payments.

Micro businesses that aren't eligible for state government business support payments because they're not registered for GST can apply to Services Australia for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment. The Victorian Government will establish a concierge service to help these businesses access this support.

There is also additional financial support for Alpine businesses, public event organisers and suppliers and live performers and their suppliers.

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Mediation for commercial tenants and landlords

The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) is providing free and impartial mediation to help resolve commercial rent relief disputes in response to the pandemic.
Since the Victorian Government's Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme ended, commercial tenants are no longer legally entitled to rent relief. The VBSC can help you address rent relief agreements.

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