Local, state and federal support

The City of Stonnington, Victorian Government and Australian Government are providing a range of supports and resources to assist businesses during COVID-19.

Council support

Financial support

In the 2020/21 financial year the City of Stonnington provided more than $11.0 million in COVID-19 related financial support.

Additional support for businesses announced in September 2021 include:

  • Waiving costs related to outdoor dining permits and infrastructure until May 2022 (exact cost to be determined as program is rolled out).
  • Waiving a range of business fees including footpath trading permits ($269,085), health registrations ($285,200) and trader directional signage ($41,000).
  • A targeted business mentoring program over the next 12 months ($20,000).
  • A program to build resilience and re-engage vulnerable children in education ($20,000).
  • A trial program to support young people to stay safe as nightclubs and entertainment precincts re-open ($30,000).  

For more information on accessing outdoor dining and trading permits, click here.

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COVIDSafe Business Concierge

The COVIDSafe Business Concierge aims to help local businesses comply with Victorian Chief Health Officer directions to keep our community safe and our economy open.

A Business Concierge Officer will begin visiting Stonnington businesses to provide support, advice and resources to improve COVIDSafe practices. 

The officer will work with businesses to facilitate understanding and implementation of directions from the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

Rate relief

Our Rates Financial Hardship Policy is in place to support people and businesses experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

If you are having difficulty paying your rates, you can set up a payment plan online.

Victorian Government support

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

Providing $10,000 grants for eligible small and medium businesses that have experienced a reduction in turnover of at least 70%.

Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension

Provides eligible businesses that had not previously applied for the Program in June, or have since become eligible, with the opportunity to apply for $4,800 in support.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension

Provides eligible businesses that did not apply for the program in June 2021, with the opportunity to apply for $7200 in support.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment Victoria  

Eligible workers who lose hours due to the lockdown will be eligible for support through the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment, as will businesses that do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs because they are not registered for GST.

Commercial tenancy relief for Victorians in small business  

The Victorian Government has introduced new legislation to provide rent relief to commercial tenants who have experienced a fall in turnover of more than 30% during the pandemic.

Live Performance Support Program (Suppliers) Round Two

Suppliers of goods and services involved with live performance events will be eligible for a grant of $200 or $500 per event.

Live Performance Support Program (Presenters) Round Two

Grants of up to $7,000 for one event and $5,000 for a second event for eligible live performance event presenters. 

COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate

Rebates to help businesses cover the cost of cleaning after closing a worksite due to a suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) case.

Jobs Victoria Fund

Providing $250 million in wage subsidies to assist Victorian businesses to employ at least 10,000 people who are looking for work.  

Business mentoring+

Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring Program

Delivering a business mentoring program in partnership with VCCI to help small businesses navigate the economic challenges posed by coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

Small Business Digital Adaptation Program

A Victorian Government initiative that allows eligible businesses to trial and then receive access to digital products, tools and training they can use to build digital capability in their operations.

Small Business Bus

Council currently has two visits scheduled for the Business Victoria Bus in October and November, details are released four weeks prior. Given ongoing lockdowns the Virtual Mentor Session is performing the function offered by the Business Victoria Bus.

Virtual Mentor Session

Whether you're planning, starting or growing your business, Business Victoria can help you to develop your business ideas and capabilities. A business expert will help to identify a clear direction for your business, discuss key issues and priorities, and develop a business action plan to achieve your goals, all for free. Available Monday to Friday the sessions last 45-minutes and bookings are essential.

Business Victoria webinars coming soon

Starting 1 September 2021, Business Victoria will offer live webinars on topics like starting a business, generating cashflow and taking your business online. Our live webinars are specifically designed for Victorian businesses and delivered by small business experts. Connect and learn in these sessions without leaving your computer.

Information on these programs can be found at coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Australian Government support

SME Recovery Loan Scheme

Designed to support the economic recovery, and to provide continued assistance to SMEs that are dealing with the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis. 

JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme 

An incentive for businesses to employ additional young job seekers aged 16–35 years. Eligible employers can access the JobMaker Hiring Credit for each eligible additional employee they hire between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021. 


Other resources

A number of other supports are available to businesses, including resources for mental health and wellbeing, business planning and  financial advice, and information on workplace law.

Mental health support

Mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice and resources to maintain your and your employees' mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Partners in Wellbeing Helpline

Free, confidential, one on one support to improve your financial, business and emotional wellbeing.

COVID-19 business resources

WorkSafe Victoria has information and advice to help you minimise the exposure of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace and help manage working from home arrangements.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry provides a range of information and advice for businesses, from workplace relations to health, safety and wellbeing resources. 

My Business Health by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has advice and a Business Toolbox to help you run a healthy business with a healthy mind.

Financial resources

Chartered Accountants Australia provide information and advise on the business and tax impacts of COVID-19.

The Australian Banking Association recommends contacting your bank to access any assistance on offer due to the financial impact of coronavirus on your business. This could include deferred loan payments, waiving fees and restructuring loans. If you’re not sure who to contact, the ABA’s website has a list of hardship contact details

The Australian Tax Office can provide tailored support to businesses feeling the effects of COVID-19. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, or getting behind with your tax and super obligations, call them on 1800 806 218 or speak to your tax professional.

Workplace law

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides information on coronavirus and Australian workplace laws or you can call on 13 13 94.

Advice for exporters can be found on the Global Victoria or Austrade website.