Update

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments have announced further support for businesses in October and November, under the Business Costs Assistance Program and the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund. Read more about the support announced.

The Victorian Government has also announced support for construction businesses affected by the two-week construction sector shutdown. Read more about this announcement and subscribe to the Business Victoria newsletter to be alerted when the program opens.

Overview

The Business Continuity Fund, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments, provides a $5000 payment to businesses in 24 sectors that were affected by additional capacity limits when reopening in late July 2021 under COVID-19 restrictions.

This payment is in addition to the Business Costs Assistance Program July Top-Up payments announced on 16 and 21 July 2021, and the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three payment announced on 6 August 2021.

The payment will go to recipients of the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension who are in 24 sectors that were affected by capacity limits when reopening in late July 2021 under COVID-19 restrictions.

Businesses in Melbourne’s CBD that receive a Business Continuity Fund payment will receive an additional $2000 payment.

Recipients will be contacted from mid-August to confirm they will receive a payment. Business Continuity Fund payments will be processed automatically.

For further information about the Business Continuity Fund payments, please read all the information on this page, including the frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Businesses may also be eligible for assistance through other Victorian Government programs.

Individuals who lost income or hours due to the lockdown, may also be eligible for financial support through the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Read the full list of FAQs.

Who will receive the Business Continuity Fund payment?

Recipients of the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension who are in 24 sectors that were affected by capacity limits when reopening in late July 2021 under COVID-19 restrictions will receive a $5000 payment.

On 28 July 2021, the Victorian Government also announced that businesses in Melbourne’s CBD that receive a Business Continuity Fund payment will receive an additional $2000 payment.

Who is not eligible to receive a Business Continuity Fund payment?

Businesses that did not receive a grant through the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension are not eligible to receive the Business Continuity Fund payment.

Businesses that did receive a grant through one of these programs but do not belong to one of the 24 eligible sectors are also not eligible.

Businesses may be eligible for assistance through other Victorian Government programs.

Individuals may be eligible for financial support through the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Grant amount

Business Continuity Fund recipients will receive $5000.

Businesses in Melbourne’s CBD that receive a Business Continuity Fund payment will receive an additional $2000 payment ($7000 total).

Please note these two payments will be made separately.

Processing your payment

Recipients will be contacted from mid-August to confirm they will receive a payment. Business Continuity Fund payments will be processed automatically.

Do I need to apply?

You do not need to apply. It is an automatic payment to all eligible recipients.

Please read all the information on this page and the frequently asked questions (FAQs) if you have questions about your eligibility.

If you cannot find the information you’re looking for, please call the Business Victoria Hotline on 13 22 15. The hotline is open seven days a week.