An update for our incredible members and sector outlining the current financial support options to assist with the Victorian Circuit Breaker lockdown.
We know how heavily impacted you are at this time and we are currently in constant communication with our government partners advocating for greater assistance and support across the sector. Below is an outline of current information and we will update you as more detail becomes available.
Stay informed, Be kind. We will get through this together.
Business Costs Assistance Program
For employing and non-employing (sole trader/ Independent contractor) businesses.
To support businesses operating in an industry that cannot operate under the circuit breaker restrictions and which cannot work remotely. Full details of eligibility are yet to be released.
The program will open for applications on Wednesday 2 June 2021 and will remain open for applications for three weeks.
Register your interest in advance of application opening: https://business.vic.gov.au/about-us/subscribe
Victorian Events Support Package
A $20 million package to support operators in the events industry who have incurred losses due to the circuit-breaker restrictions. Details and eligibility are yet to be released.
More information will be available on the Business Victoria website soon: https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/circuit-breaker-business-support-package
For more information about Victorian Government Business Support Packages: https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/circuit-breaker-business-support-package
For more information about current restrictions: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/
Immediate Support Services
During this difficult time of great uncertainty, we urge you to prioritise your mental health and wellbeing. Below are support services and we strongly encourage you to reach out to these amazing organisations who can provide you with help.
- Support Act Wellbeing Helpline 1800 959 500 offers a free, confidential 24/7 counselling service to anyone working in the arts in Australia.
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
- Lifeline 13 11 14
If you are feeling as though you or someone close to you are in immediate danger please call 000