A Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening has been announced, including some easing of restrictions from 11.59 pm 13 September. Find out more details.
The Victorian Government has announced updated restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria. For the latest information on restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Department of Health and Human Services.
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
- Permitted worker scheme
- Port of Melbourne Response to coronavirus - Update 8
- Business and Industry - coronavirus (COVID-19)
- 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
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.
Permitted worker scheme
From 11:59 pm Wednesday 5 August 2020, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless:
- the workplace is part of a permitted activity, or
- all employees are working from home.
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
Further information about the permitted worker scheme can by found by visiting the following websites:
Port of Melbourne Response to coronavirus Update 8
Business and Industry
The Department of Health and Human Services provides up-to-date information for business and industry:
The $110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism
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.
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.
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.
Statements from Victorian Government
- For all media releases from the Victorian Government about coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the media release website
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 visiting business.gov.au
Page last updated on 16 September 2020