Extra support for Victorian businesses

The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments have announced a new, jointly funded business support package, delivering an additional $400 million in support to thousands of Victorian businesses.

For more information, see Extra support for Victorian businesses.

Overview

The 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment provides additional support to eligible small to medium businesses in sectors affected by the current restrictions in metropolitan and regional Victoria.

This payment is additional to the 16 July 2021 Top-Up Payments.

Successful recipients of the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two will receive an additional $2800, and successful recipients of the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 will receive an additional $4200. These payments will be processed automatically in July 2021.

For further information about the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment, please read all the information on this page, including the frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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

Individuals who have 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 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment?

To receive the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment, businesses must have received the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two grant or the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 grant.

Information for ineligible grant applicants

Businesses that did not receive the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 are not eligible to receive the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment.

The Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two will re-open for applications by the end of July. This provides an opportunity for businesses that did not apply for the Business Costs Assistance Program in June an opportunity to apply for the Top-Up Payments.

Similarly, businesses with eligible liquor licenses but did not apply for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will also be provided an opportunity to apply for Top-Up Payments.

That means new businesses, and businesses that were not eligible in June may now be eligible will be able to apply.

The program extensions will enable businesses to apply for the July Top-Up payments and will be considered outside of the automatic top-up process.

Further information will be available on this website soon.

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

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

Grant amount

The additional payment amount to an eligible business is:

Processing your payment

We will automatically process the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment 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 Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021.

If you are eligible for either the Tourism Supplement or Top-Up Payment announced in June 2021, you will be paid automatically. Please note, each has unique eligibility criteria and may be processed later than the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment.

Do I need to apply?

You do not need to apply for the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment. It is an automatic payment to all successful recipients of the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021.

Please read all the information on this page and the frequently asked questions (FAQs) if you have questions about your eligibility for the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment.

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

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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You are eligible for the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment if you have successfully received a grant from the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021.

You do not need to apply for the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment or take any further action. If you have received a Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two grant or Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 grant, the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment will be processed automatically and paid in July 2021.

Yes. Victorian businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria are eligible for the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment if they have received a grant from the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021.

If you have received a grant from the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021, you don’t need to do anything else. The 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment will be automatically paid to successful recipients from July 2021.

Successful Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two applicants will receive an additional $2800, taking the total July Top-Up payments to $4800. This is in addition to the initial Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two grant.

Successful Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 recipients will receive an additional $4200, taking the total July Top-Up payments to $7200. This is in addition to the initial Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 grant.

Grants and top-up payments may be made separately. All top-up payments will be processed from mid-July 2021.

If you are eligible for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two, you will receive both the 16 July 2021 Top-Up Payment and the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment.

However, please note that you may not receive all payments at once.

If you are eligible for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021, you will receive both the 16 July 2021 Top-Up Payment and the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment.

However, please note that you may not receive all payments at once.

Yes. All successful grant recipients to the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 will receive the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment. The Top-Up payments will also be paid if you received the Tourism Supplement or the June Top-Up Payments.

The Tourism Supplement and the June 2021 Top-Up Payment (for greater Melbourne businesses affected by a third week of lockdown in June) have unique eligibility criteria and may be processed later than the 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment.

If you are eligible for the Tourism Supplement or Top-Up Payment, these will also be processed and paid automatically from July 2021.

Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two will re-open for applications by the end of July. This provides businesses that didn’t apply for the Business Cost Assistance Program Round Two to apply for the 21 July Top-Up Payment.  Further information will be available soon. Sign up for the Business Victoria Update to be notified when applications open.

Business Victoria will contact businesses with new liquor licences to apply to the extension to the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021.  Please refer to the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 webpage for more details around registration of an eLicence email and eligibility under program guidelines.

Most business owners, including those registered for GST but not in an eligible sector (ANZSIC class), will be eligible as individuals for the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment worth $750/$450 per seven-day period. You can find more information on the Services Australia website.

The vast majority of micro businesses owners, including those not registered for GST, will be eligible as individuals for the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment of $750/$450 per seven-day period. You can find more information on the Services Australia website.