Responding to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published: 1 June 2020

The following information is correct as of 1 June 2020.

For the latest information, updates and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, see

The current State of Emergency in Victoria will be extended until 11.59pm on 21 June 2020.

Planning and responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the business sectors

Media releases and statements from the Victorian Government

1 June
Melbourne's major cultural institutions will officially re-open to the public on Saturday, 27 June.

31 May
The State of Emergency in Victoria will be extended for another three weeks to slow the spread of coronavirus and keep people safe as restrictions are cautiously eased across the state.

29 May
Victorians are being urged to continue to work from home, and the obligation for employers to keep their staff working from home will now be included in the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

25 May
Applications for grants under the Victorian Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package is open from 25 May until 15 June 2020.

24 May
Details of further gradual easing of restrictions throughout the state.

21 May
The new Upskill My Business platform offers businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic free access to online short courses and training events.

20 May
A new Music Industry Liaison role has been created to help advise the Victorian Government on measures to support the state’s music economy and culture as it deals with the devastating consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

18 May
Bushfire recovery roles have been created for those left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic as part of the Working for Victoria initiative.

The Victorian Government has announced $2.7 billion for projects to create jobs and drive the state's recovery.

17 May
Details of the phased re-opening from the beginning of June for cafes, restaurants, pubs and other hospitality businesses have been announced.

16 May
The Victorian Country Market – an online market hosting a range of small businesses and producers – will be launched on Sunday 17 May.

15 May
The Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program will help apprentices and trainees displaced by the coronavirus crisis to complete their apprenticeships and training and find work.

Hundreds of extra cleaners will work across 10 regional and 26 suburban communities cleaning public infrastructure, retail centres and shopping strips.

13 May
The Victorian Government is backing Victorian sport, tourism and creative industries, with a $150 million Experience Economy Survival Package.

11 May
A statement from the Victorian Government: From 11:59pm this Tuesday 12 May, there’s now a fifth reason to leave home: visiting friends and family – with a maximum gathering of up to ten outdoors and having up to five visitors in your home.

New rapid response teams will be established to prevent, respond to and limit outbreaks as part of a major coronavirus surveillance boost announced today by the Victorian Government to coincide with the first step in easing restrictions.

10 May
The Victorian Government has an agreement with an initial 28 councils across Victoria to support more than 2,300 people into jobs that include land and asset management, community outreach, hardship relief delivery and crisis co-ordination.

7 May
The Victorian Government is supporting multicultural and multifaith families with a $11.3 million package to help these communities, which are facing their own unique challenges due to social isolation, language barriers or difficulties accessing services such as income support, Medicare or Centrelink.

6 May
The Victorian Government will support thousands more Victorians who have lost work due to coronavirus and ensure they are redeployed doing jobs our community needs to stay safe and rebuild from the pandemic.

6 May
An additional $17 million has been announced for Victorians with a disability during the coronavirus pandemic.

5 May
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.

3 May
The Victorian Government has announced further support to help much loved pubs, clubs and restaurants survive the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Victorian Government has announced that Zoos Victoria’s three sites (Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary) and Phillip Island Nature Parks will share in $14 million to ensure they can continue to operate and retain permanent staff until it‘s safe to open their doors again.

1 May
Victoria Together, a new online portal showcasing the best our state has to offer from live music and comedy, to the amazing animals at Melbourne Zoo has been launched.

Other media releases and statements from the Victorian Government are available on the premier's media release website.