Victorian Government-Funded Support
Business Support Fund
One-off grants will be made available to eligible Victorian businesses under the Business Support Fund – Expansion program:
- $10,000 for employing businesses in the metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in recognition of spending longer under restrictions
- $5,000 for employing businesses in regional local government areas (except Mitchell Shire)
If your business has already received a Business Support Fund-expansion grant, or have applied for one, you will not need to re-apply. Successful applicants will automatically receive this additional allocation.
For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, read the details.
Payroll Tax Waived
Businesses with annual Victorian taxable wages up to $3 million will have their payroll tax for the 2019-20 financial year waived. Furthermore, eligible businesses with payrolls up to $10 million can defer their liabilities for the first half of the 2020-21 financial year.
Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme
In April, the Victorian Government announced a commercial tenancy relief scheme to alleviate financial hardship by tenants and landlords. The scheme provides a six-month moratorium on commercial tenancy evictions from 29 March 2020 for the non-payment of rent, a freeze on rent increases and a rental payment waiver or deferral.
For more information on eligibility requirements and guidance on leases, read the details.
The Victorian Government has also announced a Night-time Economy Support Program and a CBD Business Support Fund. At this time, there is no further information, however businesses are being asked to register their interest via the Government’s forms on these sites.
Australian Government-Funded Support
A Federal Government initiative which has been extended to March 2021 to support businesses employing staff. For more information on JobKeeper 2.0, start with Adam Birrer’s article JobKeeper 2.0 – Changes to Eligibility.
Additional Cashflow Boost Payment
Businesses who received the Cashflow Boost credits after lodging their March and June quarter BAS’ will receive the additional Cash Flow Boost payments once the June and September quarter BAS’ are lodged. This will reduce the burden of funding the PAYG withholding payments required to be made to the ATO. For more information on the Cashflow boost support, read Sarah Pogson’s article Cash Flow Boost for Business – PAYG Withholding.
If you would like to discuss any of the above support options available, our team is here to assist you so please don’t hesitate to talk with us.