21 Jun 2021

The Prolonged Power Outage Support Payment has been extended to support businesses affected by extended power outages due to recent storms in Victoria.

Extreme weather events in Victoria on 9 June brought down trees, caused major flooding and damaged vital infrastructure. To help cover the costs of rent, wages and other operating expenses, businesses that were without power for a prolonged period can apply for disaster assistance payments of up to $2,500 per week for up to 3 weeks.

To be eligible, businesses must have an annual payroll of less than $10 million and have been without power as of 12.01am Thursday 17 June 2021.

The payments are administered by AusNet. AusNet has established a dedicated claims process for customers affected by the storm, which can be accessed through the AusNet website or by calling 1300 360 795 and dial 1 for the AusNet Storm Support Line.

Read the full media release or visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website for more information.