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Business Stimulus Package

The Victorian Government has announced a $200 million stimulus package to support businesses and entice Victorians back to enjoy their favourite food and hospitality experiences across Victoria.

The programs and voucher schemes are:

[NOW OPEN] Melbourne Dining Vouchers – ‘Melbourne Money’

From Monday 7 March, you can claim 25 per cent back on your bill when you spend between $40 and $500 in Melbourne’s cafes, restaurants and bars between Monday and Thursday, with a maximum rebate of $125 per customer across the life of the program.

The rebate is not available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday dining. The offer will be on a first-in-first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

How the rebate works:

1. Enjoy delicious food and drink at your chosen Melbourne restaurant, cafe, pub or other hospitality venue. Pay for your meal in full and make sure you get an itemised receipt with the business name, date and ABN on it.
2. Take a photo or scan a copy of your receipt and upload it with your contact information, bank details, date and total bill amount via the claim page on the Melbourne Money website.
3. Your 25 per cent rebate will be credited to your nominated Australian bank account within five business days once your claim has been approved.

For details of the program, click HERE.

To claim your rebate, click HERE.

[NOW OPEN] Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring Program

Access to mentoring of up to four, two-hour sessions to help navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and support owners and staff.

Delivered with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, over 11,000 mentoring sessions have been held with more than 5,500 businesses to date. Previous mentees have had a high satisfaction rate.

Click HERE to apply for mentoring.


[OPEN SOON] State-wide Dining Vouchers

A new $30 million State-wide Dining Vouchers program will be introduced to cover all of Victoria.
It will reimburse 25 per cent of dining costs for meals in regional Victoria and metropolitan Local Government Areas outside the Melbourne CBD from Monday to Thursday when spending between $40 to $500.
This program is expected to open on 29 March 2022.

[OPEN SOON] Entertainment Voucher Scheme

A new $30 million Entertainment Voucher Scheme will reimburse part of eligible entertainment costs.
Discounts will be for tickets to:
the cinema
  • theatrical productions

  • live music

  • exhibitions

  • conferences

  • other events.

This program is expected to open on 29 March 2022.

[OPEN SOON] Regional and Metropolitan Travel Voucher Scheme

Access a $200 voucher when you spend at least $400 on eligible tourism and travel-related services.

$30 million has been set aside to expand the successful Regional and Metropolitan Travel Voucher Scheme, encouraging more Victorians to spend at tourism, attractions and events businesses.

This program will open on 23 March 2022 for travel between 8 April and 27 May.

An extra 10,000 vouchers will be set aside for Victorian Seniors that will be released through a ballot.
The ballot for Victorian Seniors travel vouchers will open on 15 March for travel between 8 April and 27 May.

[OPEN SOON] Ventilation Voucher Program

$500 to support businesses buying air purifiers, ventilators and other COVIDSafe maintenance, giving them confidence their business is COVIDSafe
$60 million will be invested to offer up to $5,000 for matched grants to eligible small businesses to improve ventilation to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
This could include investing in:
  • equipment

  • building works

  • maintenance services.

The $500 vouchers program will open in mid-March 2022.
The $5,000 matched grants will open in late March 2022.

[OPEN SOON] Small Business Digital Adaptation Program

A $1,200 rebate to access a range of digital business tools to help modernise business operations.

These could include:
  • online menus and ordering systems

  • invoicing

  • stock and business management tools

  • website and e-commerce platforms.

The third round of the program will offer a further $5 million.

This builds on the success of the first 2 rounds of the program, enabling many businesses to establish an e-commerce presence. This new funding will help an estimated 5,000 businesses to access a range of digital business tools.

This program will open on 28 March 2022.

[OPEN SOON] Jobs Victoria Fund

Connecting 1,500 Victorians looking for work with businesses looking for workers across hospitality, warehousing and logistics, tourism and food processing – helping cover workforce shortages and giving unemployed Victorians secure job opportunities.
$34.2 million of existing funds from the Jobs Victoria Fund will be used in this immediate response to support workforce shortages in these sectors.

All job seekers taking up these placements will have access to Jobs Victoria employment services, including mentor and careers counselling services.
This program will open from April 2022.

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