Victorian Government Business Support

The Victorian Government has established an economic survival package to support Victorian businesses and workers through the devastating impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

These include: 

 

Payroll Tax Refund

Businesses with annual taxable wages up to $3 million will have their payroll tax for the 2019-20 financial year waived. This will support 24,000 businesses and up to 400,000 workers.

 

The State Revenue Office will directly contact eligible businesses to reimburse them for payroll tax already paid in the financial year.

 

Eligible businesses must continue to lodge returns but do not need to make further payments for this financial year.

These businesses can also defer paying payroll tax for the first quarter of the 2020-21 financial year.

 

More information about the administration of these relief measures will be sent directly to eligible businesses.

Visit www.sro.vic.gov.au for more information.

 

Liquor licence fees waived

Renewable liquor licence fees for 2020 will be waived. Businesses that have already paid will be reimbursed.

 

The State Revenue Office will administer the reimbursement, regardless of whether the licence fee was paid to it or the Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation.

 

Visit www.sro.vic.gov.au for more information.

 

Land tax deferral

Landowners that have at least one non-residential property and total taxable landholdings below $1 million have the option of deferring their 2020 land tax payment until after 31 December 2020.

The State Revenue Office will contact all taxpayers who are eligible for this deferral.

Visit www.sro.vic.gov.au

 

Business Support Fund

The $500 million Business Support Fund will support the hardest hit sectors, including hospitality, tourism, accommodation, arts and entertainment, and retail.

 

The Government will work with the Victorian Chamber, Australian Hotels Association and Australian Industry 

Group to deliver the Fund, which will help these businesses – which may not be eligible for payroll tax refunds due to their size – survive and keep people in work.

 

Grants for small businesses

Small businesses that have been highly impacted by shutdown restrictions can now apply for a one-off $10,000 grant from the Victorian Government's Business Support Fund.

 

Applications are open until 1 June 2020.

 

Grants can be used towards business costs such as rent, utilities and salaries, and activities to support business continuity planning, such as seeking financial and legal advice.

 

Visit www.business.vic.gov.au

 

Working for Victoria Fund

Under the $500 million Working for Victoria Fund, displaced workers will be eligible to apply for different types of work. This presents opportunities for paid work and an opportunity to contribute to Victoria’s ability to manage this event and support the community.

 

Working for Victoria has partnered with Sidekicker to create an online platform to connect employers with workers who have lost their jobs.

 

Workers can use the platform to provide information about their job preferences, skills and experience and receive matching available employment opportunities.

 

Employers can register their requirements for talent and connect with candidates who meet their business needs. 

 

Visit www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria

 

Fast tracking outstanding supplier invoices

The Victorian Government will pay all outstanding supplier invoices within 10 business days – ensuring funds reach businesses and the economy faster. The private sector is urged to do the same where possible.

 

Rent relief for tenants in government buildings

 

The Government will work directly with tenants in government buildings who can apply for rent relief. Private landlords are also being encouraged to provide rent relief or holidays to help businesses.

 

Business Victoria HOTLINE

Businesses across the state can now access information on dealing with COVID-19 by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

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