Safely reopening Victoria
The coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap for reopening provides steps on easing restrictions, dependent on how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community and public health advice.
From 11:59 pm on 18 October 2020, changes are being made to restrictions in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Read the Statement from the Premier for more details.
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. You can also call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.
Mental health support for businesses
Worried about your business? Call Partners in Wellbeing on 1300 375 330 to get confidential support and advice. The service is free and available until 10pm weekdays.
To assist Victorian exporters impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re providing information that may be helpful to them.
We’re also working to support exporters who have been impacted by the outbreak of coronavirus. Help us determine how we can best support your business by taking our short survey.
On this page
- Export Recovery Package
- Summary of government assistance to businesses impacted by coronavirus
- Help us to support you - take our coronavirus survey
- The International Freight Assistance Mechanism
- Permitted worker scheme
- Port of Melbourne Response to coronavirus - Update 8
- Business and Industry - coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Increased funding for the Export Market Development Grants
- Useful links and resources
- Media releases and statements from Victorian Government
Export Recovery Package
On 13 September, the Victorian Government announced a $15.7 million export recovery package to address logistics and supply chain issues caused by the pandemic, and establish new export channels.
Summary of government assistance to businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)
We've created a live document that summarises the Victorian and Commonwealth Government support (including both job and economic packages) for businesses impacted by coronavirus. We've also included a dedicated page on specific assistance for exporters, as well as useful resources.
Keep checking in with us - Global Victoria will review and update the document as new annoucements are made
Help us to support you
We're working to support Victorian exporters who have been impacted by the outbreak of coronavirus.
Help us determine how we can best support your business by taking our short survey.
The International Freight Assistance Mechanism
On 6 October, the Federal Government announced it is committing an additional $317.1 million in funding for the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM). With $95 million to directly address upcoming seasonal demand and $222.1 million to extend IFAM to the middle of 2021, the funding injection will help keep international supply chains open.
On 3 July, the Australian Government committed an additional $241.9 million to continue the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM), helping keep international freight routes and flights operating until the end of the year.
The new funding will keep high-value, time sensitive and perishable exports and vital imports, such as medical supplies and other essential items, flowing as we continue the economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis. It will also re-establish domestic connections for producers and growers in regional and rural areas that rely on airfreight to get their products to customers.
This funding is in addition to the $110 million announced in April this year to establish the IFAM under the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund to support regions, communities and industry sectors disproportionately affected by COVID-19. 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
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.
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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.
Permitted worker scheme
- the workplace is part of a permitted activity, or
- all employees are working from home.
From 11:59 pm on Wednesday 5 August 2020, employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees – this is the employer’s responsibility. You can find out more on the eligibility of issuing a workers permit by visiting the Business Victoria website.
Permitted Work Premises for the purpose of Restricted Activity Guidelines
- Download and read the Permitted Work Premises for the purpose of Restricted Activity PDF, 229.5 KB
- Download and read an accessible version of the Permitted Work Premises for the purpose of Restricted Activity DOCX, 149.5 KB
- Download the Permitted Worker Permit template DOCX, 62.0 KB