On 30 May 2021, the Victorian Government launched a $250 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package to assist businesses affected by the COVID-19 circuit breaker restrictions announced on 27 May 2021. Information about the new package can be found on the Circuit Breaker Business Support Package page.
About the support package
In February 2021, the Victorian Government announced a $143 million package to support eligible businesses impacted by the circuit breaker action to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The four initiatives in this support package are now closed.
Business Costs Assistance Program
The new Business Costs Assistance Program helps eligible businesses with costs incurred as a result of the circuit breaker action.
For example, businesses may have incurred costs through loss of perishable food or produce and cancelled bookings.
Eligible businesses with an annual payroll of up to $3 million can receive a one-off grant of $2000, whether they have employees or not.
Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund – Circuit Breaker Action Payment
Eligible businesses who received a grant through the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will receive a further one-off payment of $3000 to help with costs incurred as a result of the circuit breaker action.
You do not need to apply for this payment. We will contact you with further information.
Victorian Accommodation Support Program
The new Victorian Accommodation Support Program is an expansion of the Regional Tourism Accommodation Support Program and includes tourist accommodation premises in Greater Melbourne. This will support accommodation providers whose bookings were cancelled due to the circuit breaker action to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The $16.2 million Program supports tourism accommodation providers with a grant of one of two tiers of support for those with demonstrated booking cancellations between Friday 12 February and Wednesday 17 February 2021:
- Tier 1: Funding of $2250 (ex GST) per Accommodation Premises experiencing 10 or fewer cancelled nights.
- Tier 2: Funding of $4500 (ex GST) per Accommodation Premises with 11 or more cancelled nights.
Travel Voucher schemes
Two travel voucher schemes will encourage Victorians to travel across the state, as our tourism industry recovers from the impacts of COVID-19 and bushfires.
The schemes include:
- a new Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme with 40,000 vouchers to support travel in greater Melbourne will launch soon
- an expanded Regional Travel Voucher Scheme with an additional 10,000 vouchers to support travel in regional Victoria
This brings to 200,000 the total number of vouchers offered under the travel voucher schemes.
For previously announced support funding and programs see Grants & programs.