On Wednesday 19th August 2021 the Premier of Victoria announced that a new round of support from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments will flow to small and medium businesses most affected by the extension of public health restrictions in Melbourne.
The new round of support includes:
Increase in Small Business COVID Hardship Fund
Grants from this fund will now increase from $10,000 to $14,000.
For further details on the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund please refer to the previous CSCG Business update or their website on Business Victoria.
Business Cost Assistance Program
A further $5,600 ($2,800 per week) will be automatically paid out to businesses that were already registered to the program.
Licenced Hospitality Venue Fund
An automatic $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 (per week) will be automatically paid out to venues in metropolitan Melbourne that have previously received grants under the fund.
COVID-19 Disaster Payments
The commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment arrangements for Melbourne workers and eligible sole traders have been extended to 2nd September 2021 in line with the new restrictions . 
Eligible workers and sole traders in Greater Melbourne, City of Greater Geelong, Moorabool and Golden Plains who have lost work will be able to access this payment to 2nd September 2021.
The payment is set at $450 for people who have lost from eight to 20 hours work or a full day of work (over seven days), and $750 for 20 hours or more of work lost.
For further details and eligibility on the COVID-19 Disaster Payments please refer to the previous CSCG Business update or the website on Services Australia.

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