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Updates

For up to date information about current restrictions in place and coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Victorian Government's coronavirus 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. 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.

Circuit Breaker Business Support Package

The Victorian Government has launched the Circuit Breaker Business Support Package to assist eligible employing and non-employing businesses most affected by the restrictions announced on Thursday 27 May 2021 and extended for metropolitan Melbourne and some business sectors in regional Victoria beyond Thursday 3 June 2021.

There are three initiatives available for eligible businesses as part of this support package.

Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two - $371 million

The Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two will assist small to medium-sized businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses, most impacted by the restrictions announced on 27 May 2021 and extended beyond 3 June 2021. This includes restaurants, event suppliers, accommodation providers, non-essential retailers, and other impacted sectors.

Eligible businesses with an annual payroll of up to $10 million can receive a one-off grant of $2500 for businesses that were subject to restrictions between 28 May and 3 June 2021, or $5000 for businesses that were subject to further restrictions after 3 June 2021.

The eligible industries in this round are broader than previous support packages in recognition of businesses no longer having access to JobKeeper or other financial support.

Applications are open from Thursday 3 June until 11:59pm on Thursday 24 June 2021.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 - $70 million

The Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 supports venues registered to serve food and alcohol, including bars, restaurants, pubs, clubs, hotels, cafés, and reception centres impacted by the recent restrictions in Victoria.

Eligible liquor licensees will receive an invitation from Business Victoria to apply and can receive a grant of either $3500 or $7000.

Invitations will be sent to the eLicence email registered by the licensee on the Liquor Portal account with the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. Licensees that don’t have a Liquor Portal account can create one now and register an eLicence email.

Applications are open from Thursday 3 June until 11:59pm on Thursday 24 June 2021.

Events Support Program - $20 million

The Events Support Package helps the event industry, including large event operators and suppliers, event promoters, producers and other businesses that deliver live performance events that have had events and work cancelled due to the recent restrictions in Victoria. Further details on this program will be announced soon.

More Information

Please visit the Business Victoria website for more information on the above initiatives.


Victorian Export Recovery Package

On 13 September 2020, 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. Businesses will be connected to international markets through virtual trade missions as well as assistance to adapt their export strategies to respond to the rapidly changing global market.

Current initiatives under the Export Recovery Package

Virtual Trade Missions

Global Victoria will be delivering a suite of Virtual Trade Missions (VTMs) in 2020/21 to connect businesses to global opportunities and help them conduct their international business across digital platforms. Find a Virtual Trade Mission to help your business go global.

Export Skills Program

The Export Skills Program is part of the Victorian Government's $15.7 million Export Recovery Package (ERP) and aims to help Victorian businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) to grow and develop their export skills and capabilities.

Free to attend, the program provides online training, webinars and face-to-face workshops across four streams:

  1. Export 101 Training Stream
  2. eCommerce Training Stream
  3. Virtual Trade Mission Training Stream
  4. Freight Training Stream

Find out more


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.

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.

Download and read the most recent IFAM Factsheet PDF, 314.5 KB

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.

Sign up to Austrade's mailing list to stay up to date on all things IFAM.


Increased funding for the Export Market Development Grants

The Commonwealth Government has increased funding for the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG). Funding for the scheme has been increased 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.

This increase supplements the additional $60 million already committed by the Government and brings EMDG funding to its highest level in more than 20 years at $207.7 million for the 2019-20 financial year. More information.

The Commonwealth Government has announced that the EMDG scheme will be simplified and reoriented in 2021-22 from a scheme providing assistance through reimbursement after expenditure to an upfront grant agreement. This will give eligible exporters funding certainty before they embark on their marketing and promotion activities. In the reoriented EMDG program, multi-year grants will be available for eligible SMEs at three stages of their export journey and assistance to industry bodies and alliances will be expanded to provide help for members who are new to export to become export-ready. Current EMDG arrangements remain in place for 2020-21.

More information


COVID-19 Export Capital Facility

The Commonwealth Government has established a $500 million COVID-19 Export Capital Facility to assist previously profitable Australian exporters whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. Exporters will be able to access loans from $250,000 to $50 million under the Facility. The Facility will complement other measures announced by the Government which enable banks to support new and existing clients.  Exporters should contact their banks in the first instance to determine what assistance may be available to them.

For further information visit the Export Finance Australia website or call 1800 093 724.


Business and Industry

The Department of Health and Human Services provides up-to-date information for business and industry:


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


Page last updated on 31 May 2021