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New grants for Construction sector as well as Outdoor and Entertainment sector

Business Costs Assistance Program Round Four – Construction

Closing Date: 09/11/2021

The Victorian Government is providing grants for eligible construction businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses, impacted by the two-week shutdown from 21 September – 4 October 2021.


  • Businesses must have a worksite located in metropolitan Melbourne, the City of Greater Geelong, Mitchell Shire or Surf Coast Shire that was shutdown due to the COVID-19 restrictions in effect from 21 September to 4 October 2021.

  • Businesses must have incurred direct costs because of restrictions placed on the construction industry between 21 September – 4 October, which have not been partially or fully recovered.

  • Businesses must not have been able to operate remotely between 21 September – 4 October.

  • Businesses must not have received a Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July extension payment or Small Business COVID Hardship Fund payment.

Employing businesses must also:

  • be registered with WorkSafe Victoria

  • attest that the business is supporting its workers to access any paid leave entitlements during the construction sector shutdown, and supported their causal workers, where possible.

Non-employing businesses:

  • the business owner must hold a WorkSafe Construction Induction Training Card (white card or ‘ticket’) or interstate equivalent issued by a comparable governing authority in another Australian state or territory.

What you get

The grant amount payable to an eligible business is determined by its payroll size:

  • $2000 for non-employing businesses;

  • $2800 for employing businesses with annual payroll below $650,000;

  • $5600 for employing businesses with an annual payroll between $650,000 and less than $3 million;

  • $8400 for employing businesses with an annual payroll between $3 million and $10 million.

Please refer to the program guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs) for more information about the program’s requirements and what you will need to provide when you apply.

Taking It Outdoors: Supporting A Safer Way To Open

The Victorian Government will help businesses and the community breathe new life into local neighborhoods as vaccination progressively delivers greater freedoms across the state. New support unveiled will build on the success of last year’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package which helped to create an agile world of parklets and pop-up bars, with streamlined council permits.

The $54.5 million Outdoor Economy Package will help support the costs for thousands of businesses of setting up for street trading, and back councils to provide the necessary infrastructure and support.

A $14.5 million COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Voucher Program will provide more than 7,000 Victorian businesses, community organisations, not-for-profits and trader associations with $2,000 grants when they spend at least that amount to support initiatives such as outdoor hospitality and entertainment.

A new $40 million COVID-Safe Outdoor Activation Fund will help councils transform more outdoor areas so Victorians can enjoy local attractions safely as the Victoria Government reach the key 70 per cent double vaccination threshold, then 80 per cent, with restrictions lifting significantly at those marks.

The Fund will allocate $20.5 million so councils can provide immediate assistance to businesses to operate outdoors, through physical improvements such as new street furniture, landscaping, marquees, planter boxes and public art, as well as entertainment to bring our outdoor precincts to life. Funding will be allocated based on the level of business activity:

  • Metropolitan councils to receive between $300,000 and $800,000,

  • Regional councils $300,000–$500,000

  • Rural councils $100,000–$250,000

The Fund will provide maximum benefit to businesses with councils encouraged to use part of their allocation to waive permit fees and related charges. Councils will be required to agree not to create or impose any new or net additional fees or charges to businesses to use new or upgraded outdoor spaces.

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