Further business support available

Successful applicants to this program can then apply for up to $50,000 under the Business and Community Sport Flood Recovery Grant. Receiving the $5000 Small Business Immediate Flood Relief grant doesn’t guarantee eligibility for the Business and Community Sport Flood Recovery Grant.

Program overview

The Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program supports businesses directly affected by the Victorian flood events that commenced in October 2022. There are two streams of support available under this program:

  • Immediate flood relief grant
  • Business Relief Service

The program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements in relation to the Victorian Floods which commenced in October 2022 (AGRN 1037) (the “2022 Victorian Floods”).

Immediate flood relief grant

Businesses directly impacted by the Victorian floods that commenced in October 2022 can access a one-off grant of $5000 to cover immediate expenses. Businesses must be located within an eligible local government area and incurred significant direct damage to their place of business, business assets, stock or equipment.

Eligible businesses can apply for the grant to cover expenses incurred from direct flood damage including for (but not limited to):

  • qualified tradespeople to conduct safety inspections, repair premises and internal fittings
  • equipment, materials and services needed for clean-up
  • removal and disposal of debris, damaged materials or damaged stock
  • equipment, stock and materials essential for immediately resuming operations.

Please read the program guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs) before applying.

If you are having difficulty and need any assistance completing your application, please call the Business Victoria Hotline on 13 22 15. The hotline operates seven days a week.

If you require a translator, please let the operator know and they will call the Translating and Interpreting Service for you.

Applications for this program will close at 4pm on Friday 13 January 2023 or earlier if funds are exhausted. Applications will be assessed on a first-in, first-served basis.

Business Relief Service

The Business Relief Service is a free service offering one-on-one support from a local business relief adviser who will be available via telephone and on the ground to guide business owners through the available Commonwealth, state and local supports. They can also help you manage insurance and landlord issues, assess impacts and form strategies for recovery.

To access the Business Relief Service, please call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 and they will connect you with dedicated business relief advisers and support. The hotline operates seven days a week.

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Immediate flood relief grant

Eligibility

This program supports businesses that have incurred significant direct flood damage due to the Victorian floods that commenced in October 2022.

To be eligible for a grant, businesses must:

  • be located within a local government area deemed eligible for assistance under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement
  • hold an active Australian business number (ABN) and have held that ABN on and from 14 October 2022
  • be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) on and from 14 October 2022
  • have incurred significant direct damage from flooding to the place of business, business assets, stock or equipment.

Examples of significant direct damage from floods could include:

  • property, business assets, stock or equipment directly damaged by flood water and clean-up or their replacement (purchase or hire) is now necessary
  • structural damage to property, business assets, stock or equipment has occurred as a direct result of the floods and now a qualified person (e.g. tradesperson) is required to inspect (e.g. safety) or repair affected items
  • the place of business is unsafe due to direct flood damage and temporary premises are required to resume business operations
  • property, business assets, stock or equipment was swept away by flood water and their replacement is essential to resume business operations.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and agree to the conditions outlined in the program guidelines to be successful under the program.

Businesses will be ineligible for a grant if any information in their application is found to be deliberately false, misleading or fraudulent.

Eligible Local Government Areas (LGAs)

See the full list of eligible local government areas (LGAs)

Program guidelines

Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program Guidelines (PDF 333.39 KB)PDF icon

Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program Guidelines (DOCX 1622.01 KB)DOCX icon

Grant amount

Eligible businesses will receive a one-off payment of $5000.

Grant funding can be used to cover expenses arising from the damage caused from flooding to the place of business, business assets, stock or equipment.

Businesses will not be eligible to receive funding under this program if they have received support under the following programs:

What you need for your application

To apply you will need to:

  • provide proof of identity
  • attest that your business incurred significant direct flood damage due to the Victorian floods that commenced in October 2022 and is located within a local government area deemed eligible for assistance under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement
  • attest that grant funds will be used to cover business expenses arising from the damage from flooding to the place of business, business assets, stock or equipment
  • where relevant provide ABN, entity registration details (e.g. ACN), trustee details, Workcover Employer Number if available and location of impacted business

Your proof of identity document can be one of the following forms of identification:

  • Victorian driver licence or learner permit
  • Australian passport
  • Medicare card
  • foreign passport for those issued with an Australian Visa.

If you cannot access or have lost or had documents destroyed due to the floods, see ‘I have lost or cannot access my identity documents due to the floods. What should I do?

You can also email info@business.vic.gov.au or call the Business Victoria Hotline on 13 22 15 for assistance. The hotline operates seven days a week.

If you require a translator, please let the operator know and they will call the Translating and Interpreting Service for you.

If you are having trouble uploading your identification or need help, please refer to our proof of identity verification user guide.

You can check the status of your application by logging into the Business Victoria Grants Portal.

How to apply

You can apply using the ‘Apply now’ button at the top of this page.

Check your details are correct on the Australian Business Register website prior to applying.

The Victorian Government or our representatives may audit your application so you will need to produce relevant evidence at the request of the Victorian Government.

If any information in your application is false, misleading, or fraudulent you may be asked to repay the grant.

Please read all the information on this page, the program guidelines, and the frequently asked questions before applying.

Assessing your application

We will endeavour to notify applicants of a successful outcome within 10 business days. Please note there may be longer processing times and delays in notifying you of your outcome if:

  • you do not meet the eligibility criteria
  • your application is incomplete
  • your application has incorrect information, such as ABN or bank details (for successful applicants)
  • your application does not include current or accurate information registered with relevant regulators or partner agencies, such as the ABR or WorkSafe
  • we need further information to verify or validate the application and claim for funding
  • we are having trouble contacting you
  • your application is submitted during the summer holiday period (between 23 December 2022 and 6 January 2023).
  • We may contact you to provide updates about your application or to seek more information to assist with processing your application.

    You can check the status of your application by logging into the Business Victoria Grants Portal.

    Business Relief Service

    The Business Relief Service is a free service offering one-on-one support from a local business relief adviser who will be available via telephone and on the ground to guide business owners through the available Commonwealth, state and local supports. They can also help you manage insurance and landlord issues, assess impacts and form strategies for recovery.

    To access the Business Relief Service, please call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 and they will connect you with dedicated business relief advisers and support. The hotline operates seven days a week.

    If you require a translator, please let the operator know and they will call the Translating and Interpreting Service for you.

    Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

    Read the full list of FAQs.

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