Please note

The Business Costs Assistance Program officially closed on 29 October 2021. No more top-up payments will be made under this program.

Overview

The Business Costs Assistance Program Round Four provides payments to eligible small to medium businesses in sectors affected by the current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Three tiers of automatic payments will be available to eligible Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension recipients based on the size of their annual payroll.

  • $2800 per week for businesses with no payroll or an annual payroll below $650,000.
  • $5600 per week for businesses with an annual payroll between $650,000 and less than $3 million.
  • $8400 per week for businesses with an annual payroll between $3 and $10 million.

Businesses in regional Victoria that reopened on Friday 10 September will receive full payment for the two weeks from 2-16 September, as announced by the Victorian Government on 8 September 2021.

Businesses in regional Victoria that are included in the List of eligible ANZSIC classes will receive full payment for the two weeks from 17-30 September.

Businesses in metropolitan Melbourne, the City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Mitchell Shire, Surf Coast Shire and Latrobe City Council that are unable to open due to public health orders will receive full payment for the two weeks from 17-30 September, as announced by the Victorian Government on 16 September 2021.

For further information, please read all the information on this page, including the frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Read the full list of FAQs.

Who is eligible for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Four payment?

Businesses must have received a grant under the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension program.

Businesses that have closed, have ceased to operate in Victoria or no longer meet the program eligibility criteria since they were assessed as eligible for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension program will not be eligible for this support.

Payment amount

Payment amounts to eligible businesses will be based on the annual payroll size for 2019-20 as advised by the State Revenue Office (SRO). The payment levels are as follows:

  • $2800 per week for businesses with no payroll or an annual payroll below $650,000.
  • $5600 per week for businesses with an annual payroll between $650,000 and less than $3 million.
  • $8400 per week for businesses with an annual payroll between $3 and $10 million.

You do not need to apply. These payments will be made automatically to eligible businesses on a fortnightly basis.

Businesses in regional Victoria that reopened on Friday 10 September will receive full payment for the two weeks from 2-16 September, as announced by the Victorian Government on 8 September 2021.

Businesses in regional Victoria that are included in the List of eligible ANZSIC classes will receive full payment for the two weeks from 17-30 September.

Businesses in metropolitan Melbourne, the City of  Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Mitchell Shire, Surf Coast Shire and Latrobe City Council that are unable to open due to public health orders will receive full payment for the two weeks from 17-30 September, as announced by the Victorian Government on 16 September 2021.

Information for ineligible grant applicants

Businesses that did not receive a grant under the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension are not eligible to receive the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Four payments.

Businesses that have closed, have ceased to operate in Victoria or no longer meet the program eligibility criteria since their initial approval for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension will not be eligible for Business Costs Assistance Program Round Four payments.

Businesses may be eligible for assistance through other Victorian Government programs including the reintroduced Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, which is available to businesses with an annual turnover of less than $50 million that have suffered a decline in turnover of at least 30% due to the pandemic.

If you are a sole trader or micro-business owner seeking information or advice about COVID-19 support, you can call our dedicated Concierge Service for assistance.

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Processing your Business Costs Assistance Program Round Four payment

We will automatically process Business Costs Assistance Program Round Four payments for all eligible businesses. Payments will be paid into the same bank account nominated in your original application to the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension.

If your bank details have changed, please contact Business Victoria.

Do I need to apply?

No. You do not need to apply for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Four.

The amount will be automatically paid to all eligible recipients of the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension.

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 or use the Contact us form. The hotline is open seven days a week.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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You are eligible if you have received a grant from the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension program.

Businesses that have closed, have ceased to operate in Victoria or no longer meet the program eligibility criteria since they were assessed as eligible for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension program will not be eligible for this support.

You do not need to apply or take any further action to receive the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Four.

If you are eligible, you don’t need to do anything.

The payment will be paid automatically as a fortnightly payment.

The payment amount is tiered based on your business’ annual 2019-2020 payroll size, as verified with the State Revenue Office (SRO). The payment tiers are as follows:

  • $2800 per week for businesses with no payroll or an annual payroll below $650,000.
  • $5600 per week for businesses with an annual payroll between $650,000 and less than $3 million.
  • $8400 per week for businesses with an annual payroll between $3 and $10 million.

Businesses which did not lodge a payroll tax reconciliation in 2019/20 with the SRO will receive the $2800 per week payment.

If you are assessed as eligible for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension, you will receive the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Four.

Yes.

Information about all automatic top-up payments under the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension can be found on the Business Costs Assistance Program grants and top-up payments webpage.

You can use the table below to check your eligibility for the 17-30 September 2021 payment period:

Local Government Area BCAP 4 Payment Eligibility
Metropolitan Melbourne All eligible recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension will receive the BCAP 4 payments for the 2-16 September and 17-30 September 2021 periods.
City of Ballarat All eligible recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension will receive the BCAP 4 payments for the 2-16 September and 17-30 September 2021 periods.
City of Greater Geelong All eligible recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension will receive the BCAP 4 payments for the 2-16 September and 17-30 September 2021 periods.
Mitchell Shire All eligible recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension will receive the BCAP 4 payments for the 2-16 September and 17-30 September 2021 periods.
Surf Coast Shire All eligible recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension will receive the BCAP 4 payments for the 2-16 September and 17-30 September 2021 periods.
Latrobe City Council All eligible recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension will receive the BCAP 4 payments for the 2-16 September and 17-30 September 2021 periods.
Rest of regional Victoria

All eligible recipients of Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension will receive the BCAP 4 payments for the 2-16 September period.

Businesses in regional Victoria that are included in the List of Eligible ANZSIC Classes will also receive a payment for the 17-30 September period.

Yes.

Eligible businesses in the City of Ballarat that exit lockdown at 11:59pm on 22 September will still receive full payment for the two weeks from 17-30 September as announced by the Victorian Government on 16 September 2021.

To receive top-up payments under the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or July Extension, businesses must continue to meet the eligibility criteria for the program from which they received an initial grant.

See the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension for more information about the programs’ eligibility criteria.

Before processing top-up payments, we verify your business’ information with partner agencies, including the State Revenue Office (SRO), WorkSafe and the Australian Business Register (ABR) to ensure businesses still meet the eligibility requirements of the program.

Your top-up payments may have been discontinued if you no longer meet all the eligibility criteria, for example if your ABN is no longer active.

If you believe you are still eligible to receive top-up payments, or would like further information, you can contact Business Victoria or call the hotline on 13 22 15, open seven days a week.