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Coronavirus

All the Covid-19 financial support available for Victorians amid the state's sixth lockdown

Cameron Carpenter

Here's everything you need to know about the financial support available as Victoria goes into another Covid-19 lockdown.

$450 Coronavirus Test Isolation Payment

A payment for anyone to self-isolate after a Covid-19 test.

The Victorian Government is providing a $450 payment to financially support workers while they self-isolate to wait for the results of a Covid-19 test.

Premier Daniel Andrews said that eligible people would receive the money 'no questions asked' provided they come forward for testing and apply for the cash.

To apply for this payment, visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/450-coronavirus-covid-19-test-isolation-payment.

Covid-19 Disaster Payment

Eligible workers can receive payments of up to $750 per week if they've lost work due to the lockdown.

Are you unable to work due to the lockdown – or lost some hours at your job? Then, you might be eligible for the Covid-19 Disaster Payment.

The payment amounts to $750 per week if a person has lost 20 hours or more of work a week, or $450 each week if a person has lost between eight and 20 hours of work.

After applying, the payment will be be recurring until the end of the lockdown, to make sure workers do not have to reapply every week.

Australian residents can claim online using a myGov account linked to a Centrelink online account. If you don’t have a myGov account, you can create one by following this link.

Working visa holders need to phone Services Australia to get this payment. Their phone number is 180 22 66.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

Support if you can't go to work and earn an income because you must self-isolate or quarantine.

The pandemic leave disaster payment is a lump sum payment for anyone who's been unable to work because they've been directed to self-isolate or quarantine, or caring for someone who has Covid-19.

If you're eligible, the government will pay you $1,500 for each 14-day period you've been told to self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with Covid-19.

For all the details, visit https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/pandemic-leave-disaster-payment-new-south-wales.

Food support you can access during the pandemic

If you're doing it tough, never be ashamed to ask for help. There are dozens of food banks right across Melbourne that can assist you with food parcels. To find food banks near you, visit https://askizzy.org.au/ and enter your postcode.

Extra support to help you pay your energy bills during lockdown

All energy companies are now required to offer a payment plan or hardship arrangements to any customers doing it tough and struggling to pay their bills during the lockdowns. Contact your energy provider for more details.

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

An allocation of $41 million will boost the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund to $180 million, with grants of $10,000 available to small- and medium-sized businesses across the state.

The fund opens for applications today through the Business Victoria website and will help up to 18,000 businesses that have been ineligible for business support programs and have experienced a reduction in revenue of at least 70 per cent.

Businesses that are legally allowed to operate but are restricted in their ability to generate revenue – such as a food store located at a shopping centre or a manufacturer supplying goods for closed venues – will be among those that that could be eligible.

Businesses that have lost custom due to restrictions affecting foot traffic – such as pharmacists located in the CBD – could also be eligible.

Business Costs Assistance Program

More than 95,000 businesses in metropolitan Melbourne will automatically receive payments of $2,800, with grants scheduled to be paid within seven business days.

The payment will be made to businesses who were previously approved for a Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension grant, or a Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund grant.

This new $271 million Business Costs Assistance Program assistance will allow businesses across multiple sectors to continue paying overheads and other costs despite significant impacts on revenue.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021

Automatic payments of $5,000, $10,000 and $20,0000 will be made in coming weeks to more than 7,000 licensed hospitality venues in metropolitan Melbourne that have previously received or been approved grants under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund program. A total of $55 million has been allocated to the new licensed venue initiative.

Payment amounts will be tiered according to premises capacity: $5,000 for a capacity of up to 99 patrons, $10,000 for a capacity of 100 to 499 patrons and $20,000 for a capacity of 500-plus.