Resources for businesses about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information on Coronavirus is changing rapidly. For the latest information visit the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services' Coronavirus page.

For advice, updates, business restrictions and support to help your workplace plan and respond to Coronavirus visit Business Victoria or call the business hotline on 13 22 15. 

See our dedicated Coronavirus page for the latest on what the City of Stonnington is doing.

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The Victorian Government has established an economic survival package to support Victorian businesses and workers through the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. View the Economic Survival Package Fact Sheet here.

Applications are now open on the Victorian Government $500 million Business Support Fund to help small businesses survive the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and keep people in work. View applications, eligibility criteria and application guidelines here.

The Australian Government has launched the JobKeeper Payment program. Businesses impacted by the Coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the 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. View eligibility, timing and application information here.

We’ve collated a list of free webinars to help you consider different ways of approaching your business. Click on the links below find out about more about what's on offer and how to register.

Further Resources

Australian Government - Business.gov.au

The Australian Government is providing information and support for businesses. Visit to business.gov.au to find out what support is available for you including financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses. Businesses impacted by the Coronavirus will be able to access the JobKeeper Payment from the Government to continue paying their employees. Visit the website or call the support line for businesses on 13 28 46 for further information.

Australian Taxation Office

If your business is experiencing financial difficulties because of Coronavirus, phone the Australian Taxation Office emergency support infoline on 1800 806 218 for help tailored to your circumstances.

Business Victoria

Best practice for businesses is to have a continuity plan. The Business Victoria site has information to help your business evaluate risk and prepare a risk management plan.

Business Victoria  provides low cost mentoring services to help you work through or develop a recovery plan. You can book an appointment with a mentor here.

Applications are now open on the Victorian Government $500 million Business Support Fund to help small businesses survive the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and keep people in work.

Businesses across the state can now access information on dealing with Coronavirus by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15. Businesses calling the hotline will be able to get advice and information about support services and how to access financial support available through the national stimulus package.

In addition to calling, visit Business Victoria for further information.

Health.Vic

Our Environmental Health team have developed responses to frequently asked questions for food businesses, this includes information for Class 2 Food Premises on preparing takeaway and delivery of food. For further information for registered food premises visit health.vic.gov.au.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry have put together a COVID-19 Employer Guide - Managing the workplace in the face of the outbreak. The focus of this information booklet is on managing and protecting your employees and workplace and answering workplace relations and health and safety questions that are coming up for employers.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has waived membership fees to support businesses.

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

The VCGLR are implementing a range of measures to support licensees complying with any restrictions currently in place including changes to liquor license fees . Visit the VCGLR to find out more on other changes regarding the temporary limited license to supply a limited quantity of liquor for off-premises consumption.

Victorian Small Business Commission

The Victorian Small Business Commission have information to help small business owners, landlords and real estate agents who are dealing with situations where the tenant is having difficulty in paying rent. Visit vsbc.vic.gov.au to find steps you can take now, and how the Victorian Small Business Commission’s mediation service might be able to help resolve lease disputes.

Worksafe

Employers have a duty to provide and maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risks to the health of employees. This includes identifying risks to health or safety associated with potential exposure to the Coronavirus. Visit Worksafe for more information on managing risks in the workplace.