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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.
For more information about emergency relief packages visit Isolation and quarantine – extra help and support.
Food relief is available during the pandemic for people who:
are experiencing financial hardship and are voluntarily isolating because of a health condition or age.
For more information read this factsheet: Access to food relief for the community (Word)
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 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
International students in Victoria who are experiencing financial hardship may be eligible for emergency financial assistance through the Victorian Government’s Extreme Hardship Support Program.
The program is for temporary and provisional visa holders and undocumented migrants who are unable to access Commonwealth income support, and have zero or very little income, savings or community support.
If you received an International Student Emergency Relief Fund payment and still require assistance to pay for basics like rent, food and bills, you can apply for an emergency payment from the Extreme Hardship Support Program.
Please visit Red Cross to apply.
Further support for international students in Victoria
In addition to the hardship funds, pastoral care and student support services available through Victorian education providers, the Victorian Government is providing the following support to international students:
- free groceries at the Foodbank International Student Pop-Up Store in central Melbourne
- one-off rent relief grants for people in rental hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, to help keep renters in safe and stable accommodation
- utility relief grants to help pay overdue bills
- financial support through the Extreme Hardship Support Program for temporary and provisional visa holders and undocumented migrants, delivered by the Red Cross
- help to find work opportunities through Working for Victoria
- a dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) online support hub on the Study Melbourne website to link you with a wide range of support programs and services including a directory of community support and food relief
- access to free legal advice on accommodation and employment matters
- dedicated support through the Study Melbourne Student Centre including free and confidential support and practical help. This includes access to mental health services and referral to other services.
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.
Help with electricity, gas and water bills
A range of support is available if you’re having trouble paying electricity, gas or water bills.
If you are a concession card holder (including Jobseeker recipients), you may be eligible for discounts and rebates on your electricity, gas and water bills. If you live in a low-income household or are experiencing financial hardship, you may also be eligible to apply for a utility relief grant of up to $650 to help with overdue electricity, gas and water bills.
If you are having trouble paying your energy bill, you should contact your energy company. There are rules which mean they must let you know what help is available. Participating in a payment plan means you can’t be disconnected.
The Victorian Government has also partnered with community organisations to deliver programs to help Victorians with their energy bills. This includes free online events on ways to cut down bills, a one-on-one energy assistance and advice service and financial counselling.
Find out more at the Victorian Energy Saver 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).
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.