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Business Support - September 2021

Further Support for Victorian Businesses

The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments have announced a jointly-funded support package to provide a critical four-week boost to small and medium-sized Victorian businesses most impacted by current public health restrictions.

The joint package of up to $2.34 billion will deliver certainty to around 175,000 Victorian businesses as the state bands together to restrict the spread of infection while the drive to vaccinate 70 per cent, then 80 per cent, of the population accelerates.

The business support payments cover a four-week period ending on Thursday 30 September.

The vast majority of payments will be deposited automatically into businesses’ bank accounts, while a new tiered payments system for the Business Costs Assistance Program will allow for higher payments to businesses with more workers.

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Business Costs Assistance Program

Funding of up to $1.6 billion will support about 132,000 businesses across multiple sectors who were recipients of the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or July Extension.

Businesses throughout Victoria will receive automatic payments to cover ongoing costs such as wages, rent, utilities and insurance:

   $2,800 a week for businesses with an annual payroll below $650,000
   $5,600 a week for businesses with an annual payroll of $650,000 to $3 million
   $8,400 for businesses with an annual payroll of $3 million to $10 million.

Businesses will remain eligible while they are unable to operate due to public health restrictions.

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Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021

Up to $289 million funding will support more than 9,300 premises impacted by lockdown. Licensed hospitality businesses that have previously received grants under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 or July Extension programs will receive automatic payments based on premises capacity:

   $5,000 for a capacity of up to 99 patrons or where patron capacity is not specified
   $10,000 for a capacity of 100 to 499 patrons
   $20,000 for a capacity of 500 or more.

Hospitality businesses will remain eligible while they are unable to operate due to public health restrictions.

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Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

The Small Business COVID Hardship Fund will receive a $448 million boost, increasing the total grant amount available to small and medium-sized businesses from $14,000 to $20,000 in recognition of the impact of the lockdown extension.

The Fund now stands at $700 million, providing support for up to 35,000 businesses.

Some 16,000 businesses that have already received a Small Business COVID Hardship Fund grant will receive an automatic top-up payment of $6,000.

This program supports businesses that have been ineligible for Victorian Government business support programs since May but have experienced a reduction in revenue of at least 70 per cent. This includes businesses that are legally allowed to operate but are restricted in their ability to generate revenue.

Applications for the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund close on 10 September.

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COVIDSafe Messaging for Businesses

Following community responses to businesses serving takeaway food and drink under lockdown measures, Council prepared a suite of community messaging to assist in reinforcing the takeaway, don't linger and don't gather restrictions.  This messaging is shared daily on Council's social media platforms.

Please find attached printable A4 posters and social media image posts that can be used to remind patrons of these orders.  Please circulate these images on your social media pages, in shop windows and with your business community.

COVIDSafe resources suite

Taste of Bayside postponed

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions the Taste of Bayside has been postponed.

When easement of restrictions occurs, new dates for this activation will be determined.

COVID Business Support Calls

As part of Council's ongoing support during these challenging times, COVID Business Support Officers have been calling businesses to support implementing the three main COVIDSafe requirements. These include:

   Service Victoria QR code - Follow this step-by-step guide to get your business registered with the Service Victoria QR code app to record visitors and workers for contact tracing purposes.
   Density Quotient -  Find information on the two, four and eight square metre rules to prevent infection in the workplace.
   COVIDSafe Plan - Every Victorian business with on-site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan. Random spot checks are occurring throughout Victoria.

If you need further assistance or clarification with any of the above requirements, please email covidsupport@bayside.vic.gov.au

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