Overview

The Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three 19 and 22 August Top-Up provides an additional $5600 to eligible small to medium businesses. This additional support, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments, was announced on 19 August 2021 for businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and was extended to regional Victorian businesses on 22 August 2021.

Successful recipients of the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension will receive the top-up, which will be processed and paid automatically.

For further information about the payment, 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 have lost income or hours due to the lockdown may 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 is eligible for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three 19 or 22 August 2021 Top-Up?

To receive this 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.

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 19 or the 22 August 2021 Top-Up.

Businesses may also be eligible for assistance through other Victorian Government programs, including the reintroduced Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, which will be 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 microbusiness owner seeking information or advice about COVID-19 support, you can call our dedicated Concierge Service for assistance.

Individuals who have lost hours or income may also be eligible for financial support through the Commonwealth Government’s COVID‑19 Disaster Payment.

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Payment amount

The additional payment to an eligible business is $5600.

You do not need to apply for this payment, it will be automatically paid to eligible businesses.

Processing your payment

We will automatically process the 19 and 22 August 2021 Top-Up for all eligible businesses. It 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 19 and 22 August 2021 Top-Up.

It is an automatic payment to all successful 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 question (FAQs) if you have questions about your eligibility for the 19 or the 22 August 2021 Top-Up.

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.