COVID-19: Government Support

We have compiled a list of links and resources relevant to the public gallery sector to assist navigate the Victorian and Australian Government economic support packages available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Victorian Government ECONOMIC SURVIVAL & JOBS package

The Victorian Government has established an economic survival package to support Victorian businesses and workers through the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Support Fund

Business Support Fund
The Government will provide $500 million to establish a Business Support Fund. The fund will support the hardest hit sectors, including hospitality, tourism, accommodation, arts and entertainment, and retail.
The Government will work with the Victorian Chamber, Australian Hotels Association and Ai Group to administer the fund, which will help these businesses – which may not be eligible for payroll tax refunds due to their size – survive and keep people in work.

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Payroll Tax Refunds

Payroll Tax Refunds

As part of the package, the Government will provide full payroll tax refunds for the 2019-20 financial year to small and medium-sized businesses with payroll of less than $3 million – giving $550 million back to businesses who need it.

Payments will start flowing next week and will save eligible business up to $113,975 a year, with businesses saving an average of $23,000. These businesses employ around 400,000 workers. This assistance is a refund, not a loan.

The same businesses will also be able to defer any payroll tax for the first three months of the 2020/21 financial year until 1 January 2021, freeing up a further $83 million in cashflow.

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Working for Victoria Fund

Working for Victoria Fund

The Government will establish a $500 million Working for Victoria Fund in consultation with the Victorian Council of Social Services and Victorian Trades Hall Council. The fund will help workers who have lost their jobs find new opportunities, including work cleaning public infrastructure or delivering food – providing vital contributions to our state’s response to the pandemic and affording those Victorians security when its needed most.

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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS


The Australian Government has announced an economic response to COVID-19, including initiatives to assist individuals and households, businesses, and to support the flow of credit.

Cash flow assistance for businesses

Cash flow assistance for businesses
The Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses, and not-for-profits (including charities) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000. These payments will help businesses’ and not-for-profits’ cash flow so they can keep operating, pay their rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff.

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JobKeeper Payment - For employers

JobKeeper Payment - For employers
JobKeeper Payment to assist businesses and non-profit organisations (including charities) to retain employees. 

To receive the JobKeeper Payment, eligible organisations need to register with the ATO.

JobKeeper Payment
Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the Coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months. 

ELIGIBLE employers 
Employers will be eligible for the subsidy if: 
• their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 30 per cent relative to a comparable period a year ago (of at least a month); or 
• their business has a turnover of $1 billion or more and their turnover will be reduced by more than 50 per cent relative to a comparable period a year ago (of at least a month); and 
• the business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy. The employer must have been in an employment relationship with eligible employees as at 1 March 2020, and confirm that each eligible employee is currently engaged in order to receive JobKeeper Payments. 

Not-for-profit entities (including charities) and self-employed individuals (businesses without employees) that meet the turnover tests that apply for businesses are eligible to apply for JobKeeper Payments.

Register your interest in the JobKeeper payment here

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JobSeeker Payment - for individuals

Income support for individuals (JobSeeker payments)
The Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight. This supplement will be paid to both existing and new recipients of eligible payment categories. These changes will apply for the next six months.

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For the most up to date information about support for businesses and sole traders visit - https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus

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