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There are a variety of financial support packages for people and businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) including financial, job and business support.
If you are seeking mental health support, visit our Mental health resources page.
Families and individuals
Centrelink JobSeeker recipients
Are you receiving Centrelink's JobSeeker payment? If you have a Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card, read about your concession entitlements.
Find out more about concessions and benefits.
Worker support payment
The worker support payment is a one-off $1,500 payment for Victorian workers who, as of 20 June, have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they are either diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case.
The worker support payment recognises that the requirement to self-isolate or quarantine at home can cause a financial burden for some individuals and families who are without incomes during this period.
$450 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation Payment
The Victorian Government is providing a $450 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation Payment to support Victorian workers, including parents and guardians, who are required to self-isolate while you wait for the results of your coronavirus (COVID-19) test.
Find out how you can apply for the $450 Test Isolation Payment.
Emergency relief package
An emergency relief package contains essential food and personal care items for vulnerable Victorians who are needing to quarantine or isolate due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Delivery of a free emergency relief package can be arranged for people who are unable to access food themselves or do not have support available to them.
Extreme hardship support program
The Extreme Hardship Support Program can provide financial assistance, information and referrals to people living in Victoria who are experiencing significant hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and who are unable to access other forms of Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government income support. The program provides support for temporary and provisional visa holders and undocumented migrants with little or no income, savings or community support.
International Student support
Applications are open for the Victorian Government’s $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund. The fund supports international students in Victoria who are facing financial hardship through lost wages and work as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The fund provides a one-off payment of up to $1100 and is being delivered in partnership with Victoria’s tertiary education providers.
More information and eligibility criteria can be found at:
Rent relief grant
If you are experiencing rental hardship due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be eligible for assistance.
Rent relief grants for Victorians experiencing rental hardship, as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, provide a one-off grant to help Victorian renters maintain safe, secure and stable accommodation. The rental assistance fund provides rent relief payments of up to $3,000 to Victorians experiencing rental hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Lost your job or income due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find information about support available if you have lost your job or had your income affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
No-interest loans scheme
Small amount, no-interest loans are available to all eligible Victorians through Good Money community finance outlets in Morwell, Geelong, Collingwood and Dandenong and a network of 77 local community organisations across Victoria.
The No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) provides individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.
Loans are available for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines, car repairs and medical procedures for up to $1,500, repayable over 12 to 18 months.
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, No-interest Household Relief Loans of up to $3000 are also now available to support low-income households with the costs of rent and utilities, repayable over 24 months.
Find out more at the Household Relief website
Business and industry
Economic survival package
The Victorian Government has established an unprecedented economic survival package to support Victorian businesses and workers through the devastating impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support and financial assistance finder
A range of assistance is available from the Australian and Victorian governments and other entities to support businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
Business Victoria’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support and financial assistance finder will ask you a series of questions to help you find the assistance available to you based on your circumstances.
Australian Government coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support for business
Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for government support for Australian businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
Tourism accommodation support program
Stage 4 restrictions apply in metropolitan Melbourne and Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions apply in regional Victoria to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The restrictions will mean that Victorians as well as some interstate visitors prevented from travelling to Victoria, will have to cancel bookings with accommodation providers in regional Victoria.
Direct financial support of $225 per booking per night is available to support tourism operators affected by the return of Stage 4 and Stage 3 restrictions.
Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund
Through the Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund the Victorian Government is offering grants of up to $3,000 per tenancy. Private, individual and joint-owner landlords who have provided rent relief to their tenants under the requirements of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme and are facing financial hardship may be eligible.
The Victorian Government introduced the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (CTRS) to support commercial tenants whose income has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund has been created in recognition of small, private landlords who may not have the capacity to provide rent reductions to their tenants under the requirements of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.
For information on other supports available to landlords, including additional land tax relief, please visit the State Revenue Office Land Tax Relief.
This fund will be open for applications from 21 August 2020 for eight weeks or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.
You can apply for this grant by on the Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund page here on the Business Victoria website. To assist you in applying, please read the information provided on this page, including the guidelines, frequently asked questions and examples of grant funding eligibility. If you have further queries, please contact Business Victoria or call 13 22 15.