Update

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 and July Extension grant recipients may be eligible to receive a range of top-up payments announced since July 2021.

See Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 – Top-Up payments and CBD payment for more information.

Program overview

The Victorian Government’s $70 million Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 supports eligible licensed hospitality venues.

Grants of $3,500 per premises in regional Victoria and $7,000 per premises in metropolitan Melbourne are available to eligible liquor licensees operating a restaurant, hotel, café, pub, bar, club, or reception centre that is registered to serve food and alcohol.

Eligible tourism businesses that operate only one licensed premises in regional Victoria, such as accommodation, attractions and tourism operators, may be eligible for the Tourism Supplement, bringing their total grant to $7000.

  • Eligible liquor licensees with an eLicence email address through the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) will receive an email containing their grant application link from Business Victoria.
  • Liquor licensees without an eLicence email address must set one up on their Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation Liquor Portal by Sunday 20 June 2021 to receive their grant application link from Business Victoria within five business days.

Applications for a grant can only be submitted through the link emailed by Business Victoria.

Applications for this program closed at 11:59pm on Thursday 24 June 2021. Exceptions apply if you have been asked to submit or provide more information beyond this date.

If you have questions about a submitted application, please read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Program guidelines

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Read the full list of Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 in languages other than English

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Applications closed at 11:59pm on 24 June 2021. Exceptions apply if you have been asked to submit your application beyond this date.

Eligibility criteria

Liquor licensees who have received their application form link from Business Victoria are eligible to apply.

To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must also:

  • operate a licensed bar, restaurant, pub, club, hotel, café or reception centre that is registered to serve food and alcohol (Premises) located in Victoria on Thursday 27 May 2021
  • hold a general or late night (general), full club, restaurant and cafe, producer’s or on-premises or late night (on-premises) liquor licence as of Thursday 27 May 2021
  • provide a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 that is valid in 2021 for serving food on the same premises
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST) on Thursday 27 May 2021
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at Thursday 27 May 2021
  • be registered with the responsible Australian or Victorian regulator.

For employing businesses only, the applicant must confirm that the business is supporting its workers (including casual workers, where possible) to access any paid leave entitlements, or that if a person can work from home, to work from home during the Victorian Government COVIDSafe restrictions.

Businesses who hold a food certificate but do not hold a liquor licence are not eligible for a grant under this program. Businesses who hold a liquor licence but do not have a food certificate for the same premises are also not eligible for a grant under this program.

Businesses can only receive a grant from either the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021, not both.

If you submit applications to both programs and are found to be eligible under both programs, you will only receive one grant.

You should check your eligibility for both programs before deciding to apply.

If you have received funding through previous business support programs, you may also qualify for this grant if you meet all the eligibility criteria.

Grant amount

Eligible businesses will receive $3500 per premises in regional Victoria and $7000 per premises in metropolitan Melbourne.

Eligible tourism businesses that operate one licensed premises in regional Victoria, such as accommodation, attractions and tourism operators, may also be eligible for the Tourism Supplement, bringing their total grant to $7000.

The funds may be used to assist with:

  • meeting business costs, including utilities, wages or rent
  • seeking financial, legal, or other advice to support business continuity planning
  • developing the business through marketing and communications activities
  • any other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.

How to apply

You can only submit an application online through the form link sent by Business Victoria to the liquor licensee’s eLicence email address.

Liquor licensees without an eLicence email address must set one up on the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation Liquor Portal by Sunday 20 June 2021 to receive a grant application form link from Business Victoria.

Only one application is permitted per premises. A business must submit a separate application for each premises if it has more than one premises under the same ABN.

Applications closed at 11:59pm on Thursday 24 June 2021. Exceptions may apply if you have been asked to submit your application beyond this date.

Documentation or evidence required with an application

Applicants must provide:

  • a copy of the Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 issued by the local council, which must be valid for 2021 and specify the same premises as identified on the Licensee’s liquor licence
  • details of a current proof of identity document.

Proof of identity documents must be one of the following:

  • a driver licence or learner permit issued in any Australian jurisdiction
  • an Australian passport
  • a Medicare card
  • a foreign passport for those issued with an Australian visa.

Applicants must provide identity document details for a person listed on the Australian Business Register as the owner or co-owner of the business, or associate, the liquor licensee, or authorised contact of the business.

Applicants may be asked to provide further information at the discretion of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

More information

Refer to the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 frequently asked questions (FAQs) for more information about this program. Call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 if you need further assistance.

For assistance with your eLicence email or Liquor Portal account, please contact the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. The Business Victoria hotline is unable to assist with eLicence matters.

Program guidelines

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 guidelines (PDF 326.48 KB)PDF icon

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 guidelines (DOCX 1528.45 KB)DOCX icon

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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What types of businesses fall under a Class 2 or 3 Food Service Sector Classification under the Food Act 1984?

This program supports businesses with Class 2 or 3 Certificates of Registration under the Food Act 1984 that have a restaurant, hotel, cafe, pub, bar, club and/or reception centre.

The premises types are reflected in the classifications set by the Department of Health under the Food Act 1984. Certificates of Registration issued by local councils are consistent with these classifications and predetermined premises types.

A food certificate can only be used once for a grant application, for one premises.

If you are unsure about your business’ classification under the Food Act 1984 please refer to your Certificate of Registration or contact your local council.

Am I still eligible to apply if I am the licensee of the liquor licence but another operator/entity is responsible for serving food on the same premises and is the holder of the Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984?

Yes, as the liquor licensee you are eligible to apply through the link on the invitation sent to you by Business Victoria.

If you do not hold a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984, you may still be eligible to apply to the program, if:

  • you can supply a Class 2 or 3 Food Service Certificate of Registration from the operator that serves food at the same premises
  • the food certificate is a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 and an eligible premises type: restaurant, hotel, cafe, bar, pub, club, or reception centre
  • the food certificate states the same address as that specified on the liquor licence
  • the food certificate has not been used for another application to this program
  • the food certificate is valid in 2021.

If you only hold a food certificate and do not have a liquor licence you are not eligible for support under this program.

ExamplesInformation to provide in the application form
  • My business operates a licensed pub.
  • My pub also holds a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 (Vic) for the same premise address.
  • You must provide the current Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 (Vic) specifying the eligible premise type (e.g. restaurant).
  • The address on the Certificate must be the same as that on the liquor licence.
  • My business operates a licensed pub.
  • My pub does not hold a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984.
  • A burger restaurant (which operates under a different ABN), serves food to patrons on the same premises (address) as my pub.
  • You must provide the current Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 of the burger restaurant that operates on the same premises as your pub.
  • The Certificate must specify the eligible premises type (e.g. hotel) and the address must be the same as that specified on the liquor licence.
  • I’m a landlord/developer who owns a premises with a liquor licence attached it. I am not a business that serves food or alcohol, but I have a tenant that operates a restaurant.
  • As you are a landlord/developer and do not serve food or alcohol you are not eligible for a grant under this program.
  • I operate a bar with a liquor licence but do not have a food certificate for my premises, as food is provided by neighbouring businesses.
  • As you do not have a Class 2 or 3 food certificate for your premises you are not eligible for a grant under this program.
  • I am a food service provider in a licensed pub. I have a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 but not a liquor licence.
  • As you do not have a liquor licence, you are not eligible for a grant under this program.

What is the difference in grant payments for regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne businesses?

Eligible businesses will receive $3500 per premises in regional Victoria and $7000 per premises in metropolitan Melbourne.

Eligible tourism businesses that operate one licensed premises in regional Victoria, such as accommodation, attractions and tourism operators, may also be eligible for the $3500 Tourism Supplement,  bringing their total grant to $7000.

I run an accommodation business which is also a licensed hospitality premises. Am I eligible for the Tourism Supplement?

If you are an accommodation business in regional Victoria that has received a grant under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021, you may also be eligible for the Tourism Supplement.

If you are an accommodation business in metropolitan Melbourne that is also a licensed hospitality venue and have received a grant under the program, you are not eligible for the Tourism Supplement, because your grant will already be $7000.

The Tourism Supplement is an additional payment of up to $3500 to bring the total grant to $7000 for eligible regional businesses.

How do I know if I’m eligible for the Tourism Supplement?

To be eligible for the Tourism Supplement , businesses must:

  • have already applied and been approved for a Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 grant
  • be listed in an eligible tourism sector (see Eligible ANZSIC Classes page), predominantly providing an experience and/or service to meet the needs of tourists
  • have only one premises located in regional Victoria
  • have not received $7000 or more grant funding under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 under its ABN.

You do not need to apply again for the Tourism Supplement. If you are eligible, the Tourism Supplement will be processed automatically and paid out in July 2021.

What do I need to do to receive the Tourism Supplement?

If you have applied for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 (LHVF21), you don’t need to do anything else. The supplement will be automatically paid to eligible LHVF21 grant recipients in July 2021.

When will I receive the Tourism Supplement payment?

Business Victoria will process Tourism Supplement payments to eligible recipients after all first instalments of the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 and Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two grants have been paid. We expect this to take place in July 2021.

I am eligible for a grant under the Victorian Events Support Package but I’ve already applied for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021. Can I receive both grants?

You may be eligible for a grant under both the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 and one of the programs under the Victorian Events Support Package. This will depend on the program and the eligibility criteria.

If you are eligible to receive a grant from both programs, your Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 grant amount will be deducted from the grant you are eligible for under the relevant Victorian Events Support Package program.

See Victorian Events Support Package for more details about the different programs and support available.

I was overpaid from the last round of the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund and still need to pay back all or some of the amount. Will I receive a grant from this round if I’m eligible?

If you are eligible to receive a grant from this round but still have outstanding payments from the previous round, we may deduct the grant amount from your balance.

You will be notified by email if funds from the last grant round will be deducted from your balance.

Please contact the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 to discuss further, including available payment options.

I don’t have an eLicence email address. Can you email the application form link to another email address?

No. We can only provide the link to eLicence email addresses to ensure that applications are only open to eligible liquor licensees.

Liquor licensees without an eLicence email address should set one up as soon as possible on the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation's Liquor Portal to receive their grant application link. An email will be sent within five business days after registering your eLicence email.

I only recently set up my eLicence email in my Liquor Portal account. When will I receive my application form link from Business Victoria?

It will take up to five business days to receive your application form link after registering your eLicence email.

If you don’t receive your application form link after a week, please check your junk or spam email folders and ensure you correctly registered your eLicence email address on the Liquor Portal.

If the email still hasn’t arrived, please call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Only eLicence email addresses set up by Sunday 20 June 2021 will receive an application form link.

Can I forward an email invitation to an authorised business representative to complete the application on my behalf?

Yes, you can forward an email invitation to an authorised business representative to complete the application on your (the licensee’s) behalf.

For the application to be accepted, the person completing it must include the eLicence email reference in the application form.

We can only accept one application per premises.

I have received an email invitation to apply but I am no longer authorised to act on behalf of the licensee. What should I do?

If you are not authorised to act on behalf of the licensee and you have received an email invitation, do not apply.

Notify the licensee, who is responsible for ensuring the authorised person’s details and registered eLicence email are up-to-date on the Liquor Portal.

You can find instructions on how to set up or update a Liquor Portal account on the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation website.

I have received notification that my identification check has returned an invalid result or could not be validated. How do I update my proof of identity?

Update your contact details by following the steps outlined in our Proof of Identity Verification User Guide.

Download a copy of these instructions: Updating Proof of Identity Details in Grant Hub forms (PDF 633.93 KB)PDF icon.

Why do I need to provide a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984?

The Certificate will demonstrate that food is being served at the same premises as that of the liquor licence. It will also confirm the type of premises and location.

A food certificate can only be used once for a grant application, for one premises.

What Commonwealth and Victorian regulators does a business need to be registered with to be eligible?

For the purposes of this program, a business is defined as an entity where a business name is registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

In the case of a social enterprise, it may be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

In the case of an incorporated association, it must be registered with Consumers Affairs Victoria (CAV).

Businesses must ensure their registration is current before submitting their application. If your business is not registered when you apply, it will not be eligible to receive a grant.

An adverse finding by a Commonwealth or Victorian regulator is also considered when processing grant applications.

How do I register with the relevant Commonwealth or Victorian regulator?

How long does an application take to be processed?

We will endeavour to process and notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 business days.

The following circumstances are considered when assessing applications:

  • any adverse findings by a government agency or local council regarding a business or its operation
  • a business is, or notice has been given that it will be, placed under external administration
  • a petition for bankruptcy or to wind up or deregister a company or business
  • the business is or becomes deregistered or unregistered (including cancellation or lapse in registration or any relevant permit).

Can I apply for more than one grant if I operate multiple premises under one ABN?

If the business operates more than one premises under its ABN, the business must apply separately for each premises. You can only receive one grant per premises, a $3500 grant for premises in regional Victoria and a $7000 grant for premises in metropolitan Melbourne.

What happens if I’ve submitted applications for both the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two and the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021?

If you submit applications to both programs and are found to be eligible under both programs, you will only receive one grant.

Submitting applications for both programs will result in delays to processing your applications.

We recommend you check your eligibility for both programs before deciding to apply.

What if I accidentally submit two applications for the same premises?

You do not need to take any action if you have accidentally submitted two applications for the same premises. We will only pay one grant for that premises, however this may result in a delay.

Will grant applications be audited?

Applicants will be subject to an audit by the Victorian Government or its representatives for four years after the grant has been approved.

If information in the application is found to be false or misleading, any grant awarded to the applicant must be repaid on demand by the Victorian Government.

I have not heard about my application. Is it still being considered?

We will endeavour to process all applications within 10 business days.

There may be delays if:

  • your application does not meet all the criteria outlined in the guidelines
  • you have not submitted all required supporting documentation with your application
  • the submitted documentation, such as a Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984, is incorrect
  • the application has been returned to you for amendments
  • more than one application has been submitted for the same premises
  • there are incorrect details on the application form, for example, an incorrect ABN
  • an application has also been submitted for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two.

What happens if I have submitted an application and not received any email notifications?

Please check your spam and junk email for emails from covid19programs@ecodev.vic.gov.au. If you cannot find an email in your junk box, please call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

We may email applicants for the following reasons:

  • if you have not submitted the correct supporting documentation
  • if your application is considered eligible and you have been awarded a grant
  • if your application is ineligible as it does not meet the eligibility criteria of the program.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 in languages other than English

For information in languages other than English please see below: