Financial support

Victorian Government Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program

A one-off payment of $5000 for eligible businesses directly impacted by the recent floods in Victoria, to assist with costs such as clean-up, safety inspections, repairs, the hiring of equipment and purchase of stock. To be eligible for a grant, businesses must:

  • be located within a local government area deemed eligible for assistance under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement
  • hold an active Australian business number (ABN) and have held that ABN on and from 14 October 2022
  • be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) on and from 14 October 2022
  • have incurred significant direct damage from flooding to the place of business, business assets, stock or equipment.

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Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program

A one-off payment of $5000 for immediate relief to sport and active recreation organisations in eligible local government areas to assist in the replacement of items that have been lost, damaged or destroyed in the recent Victorian floods.

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Business and Community Sport Flood Recovery Grants

A grant of up to $50,000 for eligible businesses, not-for-profit and community sport and active recreation organisations directly affected by the recent floods in Victoria, to cover expenses resulting from significant direct damage to an applicant’s property, assets, stock or equipment.

Eligible businesses and organisations must be located within a local government area (LGA) declared under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement.

Full details and eligibility criteria will be included in the grant application guidelines when the program opens.

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Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment

A lump sum payment ($1000 per adult, $400 per child under 16), for people in eligible local government areas (LGAs) to help with major damage to properties and assets or who have been seriously injured.

Learn more and apply on the Services Australia website.

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Allowance

Income support payments to employees, primary producers and sole traders who can demonstrate they have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the floods in Victoria. If you’re eligible, you’ll get fortnightly payments for up to 13 weeks up to the applicable rate of JobSeeker Payment or Youth Allowance, depending on the person's circumstances.

Learn more and apply on the Services Australia website.

Clean-up program during the Victorian floods

Available for everyone affected by the floods. It does not matter if a building or structure is insured or not.

This program includes:

  • free structural assessments for affected properties and businesses
  • removal of street debris.

For information or to apply, see vic.gov.au/clean-program.

Victorian Government Primary Producer Recovery Grants

Up to $75,000 grants to cover the cost of recovery  and get businesses up and running again.

Note: This replaces the $10,000 Primary Producer Flood Clean–Up, Relief Grants announced on 19 October. Producers that have received a Primary Producer Flood Clean–Up Relief Grant of $10,000 can now apply for up to a further $65,000 under the Primary Producer Recovery Grant, bringing the total to $75,000.

Learn more and apply on the Agriculture Victoria website.

Victorian Government Primary Producer Concessional Loan

Up to $250,000 to restore or replace damaged equipment and infrastructure, or to cover short-term business expenses.

Learn more and apply on the Agriculture Victoria website.

Victorian Government Primary Producer Transport Subsidies

Up to $15,000 to support the transport of emergency fodder or stock drinking water, and the movement of livestock.

Learn more and apply on the Agriculture Victoria website.

Rural Financial Counselling Service

Free financial counselling to farmers and small businesses who are in or at risk of financial hardship. Call 1300 771 741.

Visit the Rural Financial Counselling Service website.

Mental health support

Partners in Wellbeing Helpline

Partners in Wellbeing is a free and confidential helpline available seven days a week. Speak to trained financial counsellors, business advisers and wellbeing coaches for confidential 1:1 support. Call 1300 375 330.

Help with navigating business support

Victorian Government Business Relief Service

As part of the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program, one-on-one support is available from a local business relief adviser to guide business owners through the available Commonwealth, state and local supports. They can also help you manage insurance and landlord issues, assess impacts and form strategies for recovery. Business relief advisers will be available via telephone and on the ground.

To access the Business Relief Service, register online or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 and they will connect you with dedicated relief advice and support. For hotline hours, please see our Contact us page. If you require a translator, please let the operator know and they will call the Translating and Interpreting Service.

For immediate assistance

You can also contact the providers below to begin your recovery process. These providers have disaster and emergency information on their websites.

Business Victoria

Flood and storm recovery – advice, checklist, tools and templates.

Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program

13 22 15

info@business.vic.gov.au

business.vic.gov.au

Victorian State Emergency Service

Flood, storm emergency first responders, flood preparedness and community safety programs

13 25 00

ses.vic.gov.au

Victorian Department of Families Fairness and Housing

Personal Hardship Assistance Program.

1300 650 172

services.dffh.vic.gov.au

Rural Financial Counselling Service

Free, independent financial advice and support.

1300 771 741

rfcsnetwork.com.au

MoneySmart (ASIC)

Free, independent help to make the most of your money.

moneysmart.gov.au

Commonwealth Disaster Assist

Australian Government assistance packages.

disasterassist.gov.au

Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO)

Advice on employment conditions and leave arrangements.

13 13 94

fairwork.gov.au

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Business support and advice on workplace relations.

03 8662 5333

victorianchamber.com.au

CPA Australia

Advice and checklists.

Small business disaster recovery toolkit

1300 73 73 73

cpaaustralia.com.au

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

Managing tax obligations following a disaster.

13 72 26

ato.gov.au

Australian Securities & Investments

Commission (ASIC)

Fee relief including review of late lodgement and payment.

1300 300 630

asic.gov.au

Tourism Industry Resources

Crisis resources to help regional tourism industry.

business.vic.gov.au/tourism- industry-resources

Small Business Mentoring Service

One-on-one business relief advice for small business.

1300 816 817

sbms.org.au