On 16 July 2021, resulting from most recent lockdown in Victoria due to the Delta strain, the Victorian State Government announced further cash support relief measures.

Here is what you need to know

  1. Up to 90,000 businesses that have and will receive payments through the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund and Business Costs Assistance Program relating to the May-June lockdown will receive the Victorian Government’s new support payments of $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. Payments are due to commence over the course of next week – with total funding of $201.8 million. Eligible businesses will include restaurants, cafes bars, event suppliers, tourism and accommodation providers and non-essential retailers.
  2. Workers affected by the public health restrictions are now eligible for the same payments afforded by the Commonwealth to New South Wales workers:
    • Payments of $600 will be made to Victorians that lose 20 hours or more of work during the period of the lockdown
    • Payments of $375 will be made to individuals that lose between 8-20 hours of work during the period of the lockdown

There is no liquid assets test applied to receive these payments

Individuals can find information on Service Australia.

The Federal Government will fund payments for those Victorians who work or live in a COVID-19 Hotspot declared by the Commonwealth – that includes Greater Melbourne, Moorabool Shire, the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe and the Surf Coast Shire.

The Victorian Government will fund payments for Victorians who live outside of these areas but are still subject to the lockdown.