Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment arrangement will apply to workers and eligible sole-trader businesses in regional areas, as they do in metropolitan areas. Since 1 July, almost in COVID- 19 Disaster payments has flowed to Victoria supporting the incomes of more than Victorians.
The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said since the start of the crisis the Morrison Government has delivered more than $45 billion in direct economic support to households and businesses in Victoria.
“Whether in metropolitan or regional Victoria, businesses have had to deal with so much over the last year and half of the pandemic, the Treasurer said.
“While we cannot replace the bookings, the patrons or the work lost as a result of the lockdowns, this support package will help businesses to survive and get to the otherside.”
“For many, it will be hard to see right now but there is light at the end of the tunnel with more than 51 per cent of the Australian population aged 16 years and over having now had a first dose of the vaccine.”
‘The Morrison Government will continue to work closely with the State Government to continue to support Victorian businesses through this difficult and challenging time.”
Since the start of the pandemic the Victorian Government has provided more than $9 billion in direct economic support, including more than $1.8 billion since June alone.
Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said that this support package will provide assurance to business in regional Victoria when they need it most.
“No-one wanted to be in this position, but the rapid spread of the Delta strain and the emergence of cases in regional Victoria meant there was no choice,” Mr Pallas said.
“We are acting quickly, decisively and on public health advice to get ahead of this outbreak so we can start our return to conditions more like we remember them before the pandemic.”
“This package will ensure that regional businesses as well as their metropolitan cousins can continue to pay their bills as we fight this battle as a unified state.”
Victorian Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula said automatic payments were important to provide swift support.
“Direct payments allow us to get money to businesses across the state without needing to go through any additional applications – cutting red tape,” Mr Pakula said.
“This package matches the support provided to metropolitan Melbourne as well as providing further support to the alpine region, recognising the particular impacts on businesses in the middle of the ski season.”
More information about the business support programs is available at business.vic.gov.au.
Business Costs Assistance Program
Around 18,000 businesses in regional Victoria will automatically receive payments of $5,600 (2,800 per week) if they have previously received grants under the Business Costs Assistance Round Two or July Extension programs.
The $100.9 million Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three – Regional Top Up assistance will allow businesses across multiple sectors to continue paying overheads and other costs while they are unable to operate.