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COVID-19 Assistance

Dan Andrews Phase D COVID Safe Settings– From 11:59pm 18 November 2021


Small Business Ventilation Program re-opens    Applications close 8.09.2022
The $60 million Small Business Ventilation Program helps eligible public-facing small businesses to improve building ventilation in areas accessible to customers and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Read more

Migrant and Refugee Business Growth Programs
Scholarships are now available for migrants and refugees living in Australia worth up to $10,000 each to help start, pivot, or scale up a business. Read more

Small Business Digital Adaptation Program
A $1,200 rebate to access a range of digital business tools to help modernise business operations. Read more

Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring Program
Access to mentoring of up to four, two-hour sessions to help navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and support owners and staff. Read more

Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program    Program closed 30.06.2022

The Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program offers 25 per cent back on eligible dining and entertainment purchases across the state.

  • Customers can claim 25 per cent back on eligible expenses.
  • Claims for Dining Program open at 10am on Tuesday 29 March.
  • Claims for Entertainment Program open at 3pm on Tuesday 29 March.
  • Any claims submitted before the program closed at 11:59pm on Thursday 30 June 2022 will be assessed. If eligible, they will be approved and paid.

Read more


NewAccess for Small Business Owners, developed by Beyond Blue
NewAccess for Small Business Owners is a free and confidential mental health coaching program, developed by Beyond Blue to give small business owners, including sole traders the support they need. Read more

SME Recovery Loan Scheme
The Commonwealth Government’s SME Recovery Loan Scheme provides eligible small and medium enterprises (SMEs) access to loans of up to $5 million over a term of up to 10 years. Read more

Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme
The reintroduced Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme will ease pressure by providing rent relief for eligible tenants, while separate support will be provided to landlords who do the right thing by their tenants. The Scheme will be available to businesses with an annual turnover of less than $50 million and have suffered a decline in turnover of at least 30 per cent due to coronavirus. Read more

Jobs Victoria Fund   ongoing
Wage subsidies of up to $20,000 are available for eligible employers who hire eligible jobseekers. Wage subsidies can be used to meet the costs of taking on new employees for the first 12 months of employment. Read more     Apply here

ARA’s (Australian Retailers Association) Victorian COVID Safety Recovery Program
The ARA is offering a free one hour confidential virtual consultation to make sure your COVIDSafe plan is following best practice. Read more & Book here

The Partners in Wellbeing Helpline   1300 375 330   ongoing
Free & confidential one-on-one wellbeing coaching, financial counselling & business advice for you and your employees, with trained wellbeing coaches, financial counsellors & business advisors. More info

Small Business Debt Helpline    1800 413 828
The Small Business Debt Helpline is a free service for small business owners in financial difficulty. Their team of qualified financial counsellors will listen and give you practical advice to help you get back on track. More info

My Business Health 
Tools and tips for managing mental health and wellbeing. More info


  • Templates, posters, signs, guidance, and more through Vic Gov’s Coronavirus page. Including mandatory business requirements: Covid Safe Plans.
  • Translated info for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, health professionals and industry. Information includes factsheets and promotional materials.

Resources to see what other grants & support are out there: