Supporting regional businesses

Business Victoria provides a range of resources and information to support businesses that have been impacted by the bushfires.

The Victorian Government is offering grants to local councils to run business resilience programs. Each local council will be awarded $10,000 to run events to help local enterprises plan for growth and share ideas.

A major bushfire tax relief package from the Victorian Government announced on 28 January 2020 includes (among other things):

  • $500,000 for grants to regional industry groups and chambers of commerce to facilitate vital networking events, tourism opportunities and pro-bono business partnerships.
  • Small business advisers stationed at relief centres to give businesses the support and advice they need
  • Immediate regional payroll tax relief so that regional employers only pay 25 per cent of the metropolitan rate, backdated to 1 July 2019
  • Waiving of water rates for 12 months for businesses destroyed or significantly damaged by fire
  • Support for the wine industry to access technical advice so it’s best placed for this year’s vintage.

The Federal Government has announced top-up grants to eligible small businesses and non-profit organisations under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

For more information on the above and other support available for regional businesses, visit Business Victoria.

Page last updated: 14 February 2020