A State of Emergency has been declared in Victoria due to the serious risk to public health posed by coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information visit the DHHS website.
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.
To assist exporters, Global Victoria is providing information as well as links to third party information that may be of use and is building a better understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 to inform how we can best support Victorian exporters and address any issues associated with this global pandemic.
30 March 2020
Stage 3 restrictions will come in force from 11.59pm 30 March 2020 and will be reviewed after four weeks.
There will be a restriction for gatherings to no more than two people except for members of your immediate household and for work or education. Playgrounds, skateparks, outdoor gyms in public places will also close. There will be only four reasons to leave your home: food and supplies, medical care, exercise, and work or education.
National Cabinet has agreed to a moratorium on evictions for the next six months for residential and commercial tenants who are experiencing financial distress due to the impact of coronavirus. This will apply across all states and territories. Read more on the Victorian Government’s media release website.
28 March 2020
The Victorian Government provided an update on payroll tax refunds, the Business Support Fund, outstanding supplier payments and new quarantine measures (in force from 11:59pm 28 March 2020) on the Victorian Government's media release site.
25 March 2020
A statement from Premier Daniel Andrews about the implementation of Stage 2 restrictions. Read the full statement on the Victorian Government's media release website.
- The Victorian Government has announced new measures to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). They come into force at midnight on 25 March 2020. Information on the new restrictions and closures are available on the Department of Health & Human Services website.
23 March 2020
A statement from Premier Daniel Andrews including information about a coronavirus enforcement squad, the implementation of Stage 1 shutdown and school holidays being brought forward starting on Tuesday 24 March. Read the full statement on the Victorian Government's media release website.
- Guidance on non-essential closures plus directions from the Deputy Chief Health Officer is available on the Victorian Government website
21 March 2020
The Victorian Government has announced a $1.7 billion economic survival and jobs package. Read more on the Victorian Government website.
- Businesses who want to find out more information about the Business Support Fund (part of the announcement above) should register online via the Business Victoria website
- Workers who have recently lost their job or casuals who no longer have shifts should register their interest in receiving more information about the Working for Victoria Fund via the Victorian Government website.
18 March 2020
Changes to the State of Emergency include indoor public gatherings of more than 100 people will be banned and changes to visits to aged care facilities.
16 March 2020
A State of Emergency has been declared in Victoria to combat COVID-19 and will be in force from Monday 16 March for the next four weeks.
The latest media releases are available on the Victorian Government’s media release website.
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.