Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support for businesses
This page features business support packages and information from the Australian and Victorian Governments.
- The Australian Government is supporting Australian businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees. Assistance includes cash flow support to businesses and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses. See what's available to you as a sole trader, employer or company.
- The Victorian Government has established an economic survival package to support Victorian businesses and workers through the pandemic.
- The Australian Government's Economic Stimulus Package will provide a boost to small and medium businesses of all sizes in all sectors. The package has been welcomed by the National Farmers Federation
- Contact us to let us know how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected your business, and how we might be able to assist you.
- We also have some tips for businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Restrictions on social gatherings and non-essential services
Find out the latest information on restrictions on social gatherings and non-essential services that may impact your business.
JobKeeper payment for employers and employees
- Under the JobKeeper payment for employees, businesses impacted by Coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Australian Government to continue paying their employees.
- Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months.
JobKeeper payment for sole traders
- Under the JobKeeper payment for sole traders, sole traders may be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment if their turnover has reduced.
- Following registration, the government will provide $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee for a maximum of 6 months. This will support sole traders to maintain their income and connection with employees.
International Freight Assistance Mechanism
- The Australian Government is establishing an International Freight Assistance Mechanism to back Australia’s agriculture and seafood export sectors.
- This will help exporters get their high-quality produce into key overseas markets. Return flights will bring back items critical to the ongoing health response, including vital medical supplies, medicines and equipment.
- The target is high-value agricultural and fisheries exports, predominantly for perishable products where Australian exporters have important established customers in markets.
Eligible products may include:
- seafood, including lobsters
- premium red meat, including beef and pork
- dairy, including fresh milk and yoghurt
- horticulture, including premium fruits and packaged salad or vegetables.
Visit the website for more information and to express your interest
Boosting cash flow for employers
- Employers will receive a payment equal to 100% of their salary and wages withheld (up from 50 per cent), with the maximum payment being increased from $25,000 to $50,000 and the minimum payment increased from $2,000 to $10,000.
- An additional payment is also being introduced equal to the total of all of the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments received. This means that eligible businesses will receive at least $20,000 up to a total of $100,000 under both payments.
- Not-for-profit entities will also be eligible.
A hold on evictions for renters
Evictions will be put on hold over the next 6 months for commercial and residential tenancies in financial distress, who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of Coronavirus.
Assistance with paying wages of apprentices or trainees
- Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage paid during the 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020.
- Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer.
- Employers will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee ($7,000 per quarter).
Increased income support and early access to superannuation
Other support and info for businesses from the Australian Government
- Increasing the instant asset write off
- Backing business investment
- Supporting the flow of credit
- Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
- Assistance for affected regions, communities and industries
- Tax support
- Travelling for work
- Continuing your business
- Be aware of Coronavirus scams
- Coronavirus and mental health
Support and info for businesses from the Victorian Government
Business Victoria is offering support, advice and updates to help your workplace plan and respond to Coronavirus COVID-19.
Business Victoria Coronavirus hotline
If you have any questions about your business’s ability to open under the restrictions you can contact the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline by calling 13 22 15 or using our Contact Us form.
Support from Business Victoria
The link will take you to information on:
- The Business Support Fund and how to apply
- business restrictions
- developing business continuity and recovery plans
- Australian Government Economic Stimulus Package business measures
- what should you tell your staff?
- working for Victoria Fund
- can your business run events?
- how to deal with booking cancellations
- preparing a risk management plan.
From the Casey Cardinia Region
If you are a business in Cardinia Shire or the City of Casey, please contact the Casey Cardinia Region to let us know how this period has affected your business and how we might be able to assist you.
The Casey Cardinia Region website also has advice, information and support on offer from:
- the Casey Cardinia Region
- Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
as well as innovative tips for your business and ways to support our community.