As Victoria endured the hardship and sacrifice of extended lockdowns, the Commonwealth Government has provided over $52 billion in economic support to Victorians throughout the pandemic.
Since 28 July 2021, the Commonwealth has paid Victorians $4.5 billion in COVID Disaster payments.
In addition, the Commonwealth and Victorian governments have announced $6.73 billion in jointly funded support for small and medium businesses impacted by public health restrictions, across seven consecutive support packages.
The packages offered a range of grants and funding schemes to target various kinds of businesses including $4.12 billion towards the Business Costs Assistance Program with weekly grants paid automatically to more than 130,000 businesses, $1.35 billion to provide weekly automatic payments to venues through the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund and the $1.3 billion Small Business COVID Hardship Fund.
Support from the Commonwealth Government continues to flow to Victorian households and businesses through personal income tax cuts, small business tax cuts, increased infrastructure investment and programs such as JobTrainer and Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements which are providing young Victorians with the opportunity to benefit from our economic recovery.
The Commonwealth Government is also funding more mental health services, including a further $7.1 million to extend the operation of at least 12 Head to Health Clinics in Victoria until 30 June 2022. For more information visit Head to Help. This is in addition to more than $46 million in mental health support the Government has already provided to Victoria since the pandemic began.