As per the Victorian Government’s announcement on 15 December 2021, deep cleaning is no longer required in workplaces exposed to a positive coronavirus case.
About the initiative
The COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate is available for small and medium-sized businesses, where anyone suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19) has been on the premises or worksite when they may have been infectious.
The rebate will help eligible businesses cover the cost of hiring professional cleaning services to conduct a ‘deep clean’ or ‘decontamination clean’ of their premises or worksite. This will help businesses prevent further transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), and reduce their out-of-pocket cleaning expenses.
The rebate will cover up to 80 per cent of the cleaning costs at each worksite, capped at a grant of $10,000 (for a total cleaning cost of $12,500).
Businesses that have received funding from other initiatives under the Victorian Government’s Economic Survival Package and Business Support Package are also eligible to apply for this program.
Please read the information on this page and FAQs carefully before applying.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What support is available?
A rebate of up to 80 per cent of cleaning costs (capped at $10,000 per site) is available to eligible businesses where a person suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19) has been on the premises or worksite when they may have been infectious. The rebate will be given through a grant application process.
What type of businesses can apply?
To be eligible for the rebate, businesses must meet all of the following criteria:
- operate from a worksite or premises in Victoria where a person suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19) has been on site when they may have been infectious
- have undertaken a ‘deep clean’ or ‘decontamination clean’ of the affected worksite by a professional cleaning service in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) guidelines on coronavirus (COVID-19) ‘deep cleans’ or ‘decontamination cleans’.
- have evidence of the expenditure incurred for the cost of the decontamination cleaning at the affected worksite and payment of the expenditure
- hold a valid Australian Business Number (ABN)
- have an annual payroll of less than $3 million in 2019-20 on an ungrouped basis
- be registered with WorkSafe if employing people
- be registered as a trading business with the responsible federal or state regulator.
What evidence do businesses need to provide to prove their eligibility?
Applicants must provide the following evidence:
- an attestation that someone who was suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19) attended the premises or worksite while they may have been infectious; and
- if using an external professional cleaning service, itemised invoices or other evidence of payment for the total amount paid for cleaning the worksite under the DHHS coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines; or
- if using an internal professional cleaning service carried out by staff usually engaged or employed by the business and who have not been required to isolate, evidence of itemised, internal costs incurred for cleaning the worksite under the DHHS COVID-19 Guidelines in addition to business as usual cleaning activities.
Evidence from multiple service providers can be provided if all were used to conduct the decontamination cleaning.
Important information to note before applying
Businesses must ensure that their ABN registration information is up-to-date and current at the time of application.
A rebate may not be awarded if the evidence does not sufficiently prove that the cleaning costs were for a deep or decontamination clean, or if DHHS has reported that the cleaning did not adhere to its coronavirus (COVID-19) cleaning guidance.
Any adverse finding against the business by a regulator may also be taken into consideration in our assessment of its application.
If any information in the application is found to be false or misleading in accordance with the terms of funding as set out in these guidelines and the application, the grant will be repayable on demand.
Please read the FAQs page carefully before applying.
How to apply
Businesses must apply online. All questions in the application must be completed and any requested documentation attached to ensure timely assessment and grant payment.
If you require further assistance please contact us or call 13 22 15.
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