Looking for business relief as Stage 4 restrictions hit Melbourne?

5th August 2020
Posted by Jennifer Tutty and Gital Benzvi

The announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday that Metropolitan Melbourne is entering Stage 4 restrictions means you may need to cease onsite operations if your business operates in certain retail, manufacturing and administration industries.

For more information about whether this affects your business visit this webpage.

Businesses that fall under this directive are still permitted to operate contactless ‘click and collect’ and delivery services, provided there are strict safety protocols in place.

Still, these new restrictions will inevitably have a huge impact on many businesses across Melbourne, so here’s an update on various types of relief offered by the Federal and Victorian Governments to help businesses get through this tough time.

JobKeeper Scheme

· If you weren’t previously eligible for JobKeeper but are impacted by the restrictions, you can enrol now provided you meet the relevant turnover test.

· JobKeeper has been extended for businesses significantly impacted by the Coronavirus and will now be available until 28 March 2021.

· Keep in mind that from 28 September, you will need to reassess your eligibility for JobKeeper with reference to your actual turnover in the relevant periods.

· Find out more here.

Business Support Fund

· The Victorian Government Business Support Fund has been further expanded to provide support for businesses impacted by the restrictions.

· The following one-off grants are now available;

· $10,000 for employing businesses in 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 you have already received or applied for Business Support Fund Expansion grant you do not need to re-apply – you will automatically receive the additional allocation.

· The application deadline has been extended until 14 September 2020.

· Think you’re eligible? Apply here.

Pandemic Leave

· The Federal Government has announced a $1,500 paid pandemic leave disaster payment for Victorian workers who are required to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19.

· The $1,500 payment is for employees who have no sick leave entitlement and are not receiving JobKeeper or JobSeeker.

· Eligible employees can apply for the payment over the phone by calling Services Australia on 180-22-66.

· If an employee Is required to self-isolate more than once, they can access the payment each time.

Hopefully this has been a useful guide to help you navigate your business through these difficult times. Get in touch with us at hello@studiolegal.com.au or by calling the office on 03 9521 2128 if you need any further assistance.

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