Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support
Advice, updates and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus COVID-19 can be found by visiting the Business Victoria website.
This page is to help Victorian exporters plan, prepare and mitigate any potential impacts from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Given that the situation in Victoria, and around the world, is rapidly changing, Global Victoria will review and update this page regularly.
- Summary of government assistance to businesses impacted by coronavirus
- The $110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism
- Increased funding for the Export Market Development Grants
- Useful links and resources
- Media releases and statements from Victorian Government
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Summary of government assistance to businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)
We've created a document summarising the Victorian and Commonwealth Government jobs and economic packages for businesses impacted by coronavirus.
The document also includes a dedicated page on specific assistance for exporters, and useful resources.
Keep checking in with us
We'll continue to update this document as new support measures are announced. It's important to us that you stay informed of any new announcements made and recommend visiting this page regularly to check on any updates.
The $110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism
On 1 April, the Australian Government announced measures to help secure freight access for Australian agriculture and fisheries exporters.In addition to the International Freight Assistance Mechanism, the Australian Government is coordinating with industry to assist unblocking current supply challenges.
Exporters have an increasing range of options available to them.
Find out what the other options are by downloading and reading the IFAM Fact Sheet PDF, 824.7 KB
NEWS 8 May 2020
Australian produce making their way back to export markets
The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is up and away, with several IFAM-supported flights now operational. More than 560 Australian businesses have registered their interest in using the IFAM and agreements for 300 freight flights have been secured to date.
The IFAM is currently supporting the following flights to help get Australian produce to international customers quickly:
- Sydney to Tokyo (Narita)
- Brisbane to Singapore, Hong Kong and Auckland
- Melbourne to Singapore, Hong Kong and Auckland
- Brisbane to Cairns to Hong Kong
- Adelaide to Singapore
High-value agricultural and fisheries products have been prioritised, in particular perishable products where exporters have important and established customers.
Eligible products include:
- seafood (including lobsters)
- premium red meat (including beef, lamb and pork)
- dairy (such as fresh milk and yoghurt)
- horticulture (such as premium fruits and packaged salad or vegetables).
Exporters should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to access IFAM flights. Further information on how IFAM works is available by visiting the IFAM website.
Increased funding for the Export Market Development Grants
The Australian Government also announced on 1 April increased funding for the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG). Funding for the scheme will increase by $49.8 million in the 2019-20 financial year, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.
Useful links and resources
Please see below for a list of useful resources for exporters and other Victorian businesses to stay up to date on international market developments, and links to authoritative general health and travel advisory information.
Hotline help for businesses dealing with COVID-19 impacts
The Victorian Government has launched a hotline for businesses dealing with the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The pandemic is creating issues for businesses large and small who are facing a downturn in trade, bans on events and restrictions on indoor gatherings, as well as challenges in dealing with employee safety and entitlements.
Given the rapidly changing nature of the crisis, businesses need quick access to accurate information on how to keep their workplace safe, and advice on how to plan to deal with the current situation and anticipate likely developments.
Businesses across the state can now access information on dealing with COVID-19 by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.
Operators calling the hotline will be able to get information about support services, including those available through Business Victoria, which offers mentoring to help operators develop business continuity and recovery plans.
The hotline will provide the latest information on the response to COVID-19 and how this affects businesses, including how to access financial support available through the national stimulus package.
Links to other resources
- For the latest information, updates and advice about the outbreak of COVID-19, visit Victoria's Department of Health and Health Services website.
- Information for businesses is available on the Business Victoria website.
- Information for international students is available on the Study Melbourne website.
- Information for the creative industries is available on the Creative Victoria website.
- Information for the sport and recreation industries is available on the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.
- Information for tourism and events industries is available on the Visit Victoria website.
- Information about travel is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website
- Information for exporters is available on Austrade's website
- The World Health Organisation have health focussed information with Chinese language options.
- Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses by visitng business.gov.au
Media releases and statements from the Victorian Government
11 May 2020
A statement from the Victorian Government: From 11:59pm this Tuesday night, there’s now a fifth reason to leave home: visiting friends and family – with a maximum gathering of up to ten outdoors and having up to five visitors in your home.
For all media releases from the Victorian Government, visit the media release website.