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Business Support during the Pandemic

New Restrictions and Closures

The Victorian Government has announced new measures to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). They come into force at midnight on 25 March 2020.

The Victorian Government has already ordered the closure of hotels, pubs and clubs (excluding bottle shops within those venues), casinos, cinema, nightclub, entertainment venues, gyms and indoor sporting centres.

There are now further closures of non-essential businesses, limitations on certain activities, and closure of a range of venues, attractions and facilities where large numbers of people would otherwise be in close proximity.

For further information on these restrictions and closures please visit the Victorian Government restrictions and closures dedicated website.

Financial support

Federal Government support
The Federal Government has announced $66 billion in measures to support businesses during this difficult time.
Information on each program can be found via the website.

Victorian Government support
The Victorian Government is providing full payroll tax refunds for the 2019-20 financial year to small and medium-sized businesses with a payroll of less than $3 million.
The same businesses will also be able to defer any payroll tax for the first three months of the 2020-21 financial year until 1 January 2021.

They have also announced the following support for businesses in Victoria:
• Waiving of rent for businesses in government buildings;
• Waiving of 2020 liquor licencing fees;
• Commitment to pay State Government invoices within 5 days; and
• Business Victoria Hotline – to provide advice and support to help workplaces plan and respond to COVID-19: 13 22 15

Business Support Fund – register at https://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-assistance/economic-survival-and-jobs-package

Business support

Business Victoria coronavirus hotline: 13 22 15.

Free financial counselling services for businesses: 1300 735 578

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Free COVID-19 Webinars

Digital support

How to set up online:
Business Australia - How to set up a business website
https://www.business.gov.au/Marketing/Online-presence/How-to-set-up-a-business-website

Business Australia - Get started online
https://www.business.gov.au/New-to-business-essentials/Getting-started-online

Social media and your business
Business Victoria - Using social media to boost business
https://www.business.vic.gov.au/marketing-and-sales/eCommerce-and-digital-technology/social-media-for-business/using-social-media-to-boost-business

Selling your product online
Business Australia - How to sell online
https://www.business.gov.au/Marketing/Online-presence/Buying-and-selling-online

Business Planning
Business Victoria step-by-step instruction to developing your contingency plan
https://www.business.vic.gov.au/tourism-industry-resources/Business-Tools-and-Support/crisis-management-guide/plan/business-continuity-plan

Planning for COVID-19 impacts
Detailed summary of potential actions.
Visit: https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/training-and-events/coronavirus-impact

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