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Coronavirus (Covid 19) Update

Read latest updates on our response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Financial assistance

Find out what you might be eligble for

A range of assistance is available from the Australian and Victorian governments and other entities to support businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
This finder will ask you a series of questions to help you find the assistance available to you based on your circumstances.

https://www.business.vic.gov.au/disputes-disasters-and-succession-planni...

 

Federal

JobKeeper payment
The Government has announced a $130 billion JobKeeper payment to help keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the significant economic impact caused by the Coronavirus.

https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/jobkeeper

Support available for sole traders
The Australian Government has announced measures to support businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you're a sole trader, learn what your business can get and where to go for help.
https://www.business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronav...

Support available for employers
The Australian Government has announced measures to support businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you're an employer, learn what your business can get and where to go for help.
https://www.business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronav...

Support available for companies
The Australian Government has announced measures to support businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you run a company, learn what your business can get and where to go for help.
https://www.business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronav...

ATO support available
https://www.ato.gov.au/General/COVID-19/Support-for-businesses-and-emplo...

Relief for commercial tenants
The Government has announced a range of measures to help renters. This includes a temporary hold on evictions and a mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by Coronavirus.

https://www.business.gov.au/Risk-management/Emergency-management/Coronav...

Stimulus payments for households:
https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet-Assistanc...
 
CPA information about COVID-19 impacts
Including
high level tips, Detailed summary of potential actions, Example worksheet - List of potential implications, example checklist-Contingency plan
https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/training-and-events/coronavirus-impact

A fact sheet by The Treasury with an overview of support available for businesses experiencing financial distress due to COVID-19.
https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet-Providing...

COSBOA Small Business Relief Fund

Applications for the COSBOA Small Business Relief Fund are now open.
Grants will be offered as a ‘one off’ payment of $10,000 (including GST) to 67 businesses across Australia.
These funds are aimed at supporting initiatives by small businesses as they adapt and innovate to emerge from this challenging period in a strong position. Such initiatives could include: re-purposing or re-modelling workspace, redesigning your business processes, new approaches to marketing, creating a new or upgraded digital presence, acquiring new software or equipment for a specialised service, or anything else that is aimed at securing or growing your business into the future.

More information on
https://www.cosboa.org.au/smallbusinessrelieffund

Victoria

Support for small businesses facing difficulties paying rent:
https://www.vsbc.vic.gov.au/news-publication/our-mediation-service-and-d...

Economic Survival and Jobs Package
As part of a $1.7 billion economic survival package, the Victorian Government has announced $500 million to establish a Business Support Fund to assist small to medium businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
https://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-ass...

The Victorian Government has established an economic survival package to support Victorian businesses and workers through the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 https://www.business.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/1888997/Econ...

Business Support Fund applications open

The Victorian Government announced that the Business Support Fund will move into the second phase of support after providing more than $150 million to businesses. The criteria will be expanded to include businesses with a wages bill less than the payroll tax threshold of $650,000 who are participating in the Commonwealth JobKeeper program. Businesses who have already applied but were ineligible will be contacted by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and do not have to submit a new application.
 
https://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-ass...

WorkSafe grants program

WorkSafe Victoria is offering grants  to support workforce and community initiatives that deliver one or more of the following priorities:

  • Safety is for everyone
  • Promoting knowledge and confidence
  • Connected communities
  • Promoting a sense of belonging

For more information visit:
https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/resources/worksafe-grants-program-guidel...

Free Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Membership 
https://join.victorianchamber.com.au/vcci-rm/?source_detail=James%20Gulli  
 
To help you and all local businesses during these difficult times we have waived our entry level VCCI Essential VCCI Membership fees for 12 months.
We have added 2 free calls to our workplace relations helpline, plus $700 of credits to be used towards consulting or training services, and we are running webinars to assist businesses thru COVID19.
We also have a dedicated COVID19 landing page with Employer guides.
If you would like me to join you up as a free Essentials member, and allow you access to our extra support, just send an email to James Gulli, Regional Manager Geelong via jgulli [at] victoirianchamber [dot] com [dot] au or call James on 0419754775 and he will coordinate this for you.

Payroll Tax Refund and Deferral
Small and medium-sized businesses with total payroll of less than $3 million will be refunded payroll tax for the 2019-20 financial year. Payroll tax for the first three months of the 2020/21 financial year will be deferred until 1 January 2021.
https://www.sro.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Licensing, Land Tax and Rent Relief 
Liquor licensing fees for 2020 will be waived for affected venues and small businesses.
https://www.vcglr.vic.gov.au.
Commercial tenants in government buildings can apply for rent relief and 2020 land tax payments will be deferred for eligible small businesses.
https://www.sro.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Working for Victoria Fund 
Displaced workers will be eligible to apply for different opportunities for paid work and to contribute to Victoria’s ability to manage this event and support the community. Register your interest to receive more details as they become available.
https://www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria

State Government Payment Times 
Government will pay all outstanding supplier invoices within five business days.

Regional Arts Victoria funding

The Sustaining Creative Workers initiative delivers quick-response funding to independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers, collectives and micro-organisations/businesses whose practice and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.

http://www.rav.net.au/funding-opportunities/sustaining-creative-workers/

Commercial tenancy relief scheme
The Victorian Government has announced a commercial tenancy relief scheme to support commercial tenants and landlords who are struggling with economic disruption due to coronavirus. The scheme includes a six-month moratorium on evictions for eligible commercial tenants and land tax relief for eligible commercial landlords, along with mediation services to help businesses and landlords reach agreements, available through the Victorian Small Business Commission.

https://www.business.vic.gov.au/disputes-disasters-and-succession-planni...

Local

Rates Payment Deferral
Those experiencing financial hardship can apply to defer Rates payments to Council.
Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis under Council's hardship provisions.

www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/defer-rates-payment

 

 

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