Helping You to Continue to Love Your Place
As we all continue to navigate this new world we currently find ourselves in, the City of Port Phillip is here to help you find ways to support our communities, our businesses and most importantly, you. Our ever-growing list of businesses that continue to trade, in innovative and creative ways, is listed here. Please tell us about how your business is continuing to operate and we will promote it.
Easing of Restrictions
A national three step plan to relax coronavirus restrictions has been announced, with states and territories to decide when each step will be implemented locally. Learn more about restrictions on services.
To help you and/or your business navigate assistance packages that are offered by the Federal Government click here, including a newly created nationwide job portal called Job Active https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus
Planning tool to help businesses reopen and be COVIDSafe
The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) has launched a planning tool to help you develop a plan to keep your workers, customers and the community safe as you reopen or increase your business activities. Learn more about NCCC planning tool.
City of Port Phillip Assistance
One of the positive things to come out of these challenging times is the rapid growth of the sharing community and our ability to amplify what other people are doing for each other. Below are some of the links that organisations are delivering in terms of information and marketing assistance that can be of value to all of us.
Main Street Australia
Main Street Australia, an organisation that promotes Strip Shopping Centres has some interesting links including details on energy relief packages for business.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council
For businesses involved in or effected by the shutdown of the Tourism Sector due to stage three restrictions VTIC has valuable information here.
Job Keeper Payments
The Federal Government has announced a $130 billion JobKeeper payment to help keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the significant economic impact caused by the Coronavirus. Around 6 million workers will receive a fortnightly payment of $1,500 (before tax) through their employer. The payment ensures eligible employers remain connected to their workforce and will help businesses restart quickly when the crisis is over. Fact Sheet
- Information for employers
If your business has been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus you will be able to access a wages subsidy to continue paying your employees. Under the JobKeeper program, you will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum of six months. This assistance will help you keep staff and will help you restart when the crisis is over. For more information on this program:
- Information for employees
The JobKeeper payment helps businesses significantly impacted by the Coronavirus cover the costs of their employees’ wages, so more Australians can retain their jobs and continue to earn an income. Your employer will notify you if they intend to claim the fortnightly payment of $1,500 on your behalf. Please contact your
Economic Survival Package
The Victorian Government has established an economic survival package to support Victorian businesses and workers through the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package complements the work of the Federal Government.
The package includes the following key programs:
- Payroll Tax Refunds – Businesses with annual taxable wages up to $3 million will have their payroll tax for the 2019/20 financial year waived. The State Revenue Office will contact eligible businesses if they have already paid their payroll tax.
- Liquor Licence Fees waived- renewable liquor licence fees for 2020 will be waived and businesses that have already paid will be reimbursed.
- Land Tax Deferral – for landowners that have at least one commercial property. The Victorian Government has established a $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package to support Victorian businesses and workers though the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Business Support Fund- A $500 million fund for businesses in hardest hit industries including hospitality, tourism, accommodation, arts and entertainment, and retail. This program is to support small businesses in the sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic so they can survive and keep people in work. $10,000 grants are available to eligible small businesses.
An additional assistance package was announced on 5 May 2020. The Victorian Government will provide a further $491 million in tax relief to help save businesses and jobs, and freeze a host of fees, charges and levies to reduce the financial burden on households in another package to support Victorian businesses, workers and families through the coronavirus crisis. See details here.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced a $500 million package aimed at giving certainty to residential and commercial tenants and landlords, while they struggle with the unprecedented economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Tenants and landlords who struggle to strike a deal over rent reductions will be given access to a fast-tracked dispute resolution service, with Consumer Affairs Victoria or the Victorian Small Business Commission mediating to ensure fair agreements are reached.
To provide much needed peace of mind and security, evictions will be banned for residential tenancies for six months, except in some circumstances. Evictions will also be banned for six months for the non-payment of rent for commercial tenancies involving small and medium-sized businesses. Rental increases will also be banned for commercial and residential properties for the same period.
Consistent with the National Cabinet agreement to implement a mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies, the Government will also urgently legislate so that eligible small and medium sized businesses can be granted rental waivers or deferrals.
Businesses are eligible for these measures if they have an annual turnover under $50 million per year and have experienced more than a 30 per cent reduction in turnover due to coronavirus.
Emergency Measures Legislation
Emergency measures to support Victorians, save lives, protect businesses and jobs, and continue delivering vital government services during the coronavirus pandemic have passed Victorian Parliament. Amendments to legislation were passed 23 April. See details here.
To encourage landlords to do the right thing by their tenants, the Government will provide $420 million in land tax relief. If a landlord provides tenants impacted by coronavirus with rent relief, they will be eligible for a 25 per cent discount on their land tax, while any remaining land tax can be deferred until March 2021.
Commercial tenancies relief scheme
As announced on 15 April 2020, the Victorian Government will immediately introduce a commercial tenancy relief scheme to alleviate the financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of COVID-19.
Creative Industry Support
A $16.8 million survival package will provide immediate support to Victorian creative organisations and individuals to sustain employment, develop new works and provide opportunities for creative community participation.
Separately, a new $2.2 million– Sustaining Creative Workers – will offer quick response grants for Victorian-based independent creatives and micro-organisations with at least five years of professional experience. Grants of $5,000 will be available for individuals, and $10,000 for micro-organisations and businesses. An additional $2,500 in access funding will be available for creatives with a disability, and disability-led organisations. Details here.
Additionally, information about City of Port Phillip Art Response Grants can be accessed here.
Support for Pubs, Clubs and Restaurants
On 3 May Victorian Government announced that $40 million from the Business Support Fund will be available to licenced venues with an individual annual turnover of up to $50 million, but who are not covered by the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, for rent relief. Free mediation services which are available through the Victorian Small Business Commission available under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme will be extended to all tenants who hold a liquor licence, regardless of their size – helping tenants reach agreement with their landlord regarding rent relief during the pandemic. Access more details here.
For more information call Business Victoria on 13 22 15.
Information and resources can also be accessed on the Government's Business Victoria Support for Business page