There are a variety of financial support packages for people and businesses impacted by COVID-19 including financial, job and business support.
The provides casual and contract workers in certain jobs with up to 38 hours a year of sick and carer’s pay. Payments are made at the national minimum wage ($20.33 per hour). The Guarantee is fully funded by the Victorian Government for two years. Check your eligibility and apply now at
Have you been directed to quarantine? There is a payment available to help
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a one-off payment to help Victorian workers who have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine or care for someone who has been directed to self-isolate or quarantine.
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment recognises that the requirement to self-isolate or quarantine at home can cause a financial burden for some individuals and families who are without an income during this period.
If you have lost or expect to lose at least 20 hours of work, you can apply for $750. If you have lost or expect to lose between 8 and 19 hours of work, you can claim $450. Please note that prior to 18 January 2022, different payment terms were in place.
Support for businesses
Food and essential item relief packages
If you need to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 you may be supported with an Emergency Relief Package. Relief packages contain basic non-branded essential food and personal care items and are for people who are most vulnerable with no other means of supporting themselves through friends, family and neighbours or online grocery shopping.
COVID-19 rent relief grants
If you are experiencing rental hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for financial assistance.
Rent relief grants are for Victorians who have lost income as a result of COVID-19 on or after 27 May 2021 and are experiencing rental hardship. Rent relief grants provide a one-off grant of up to $1,500 to help Victorian renters maintain safe, secure and stable accommodation.
Boost to emergency relief for Victoria’s most vulnerable
The Victorian Government has announced further funding to provide emergency food relief. This $4.5 million package of initiatives will deliver more food to Victorians in need, facilitate partnerships between food relief providers and local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and boost the capacity of key community food relief organisations. The package includes:
- $2.2 million to provide food sourcing and distribution grants to regional and metropolitan food relief providers to be able to purchase and transport more food for Victorians in need, and to support partnerships between food relief providers and local business impacted by the pandemic.
- $1.5 million in grants to support priority regional and metropolitan food relief providers to meet demand and employ workers until volunteer programs are re-established.
- $600,000 to extend Foodbank’s international student supermarket at 230 La Trobe Street Melbourne through to December 2021.
- $200,000 to extend the operating hours of Foodbank’s mobile food relief store from one day a week to three days a week.
Further support for international students in Victoria
In addition to the hardship funds, pastoral care and student support services available through Victorian education providers, the Victorian Government is providing the following support to international students:
- free groceries at the in central Melbourne
- to help pay overdue bills
- help to find work opportunities through
- a dedicated on the Study Melbourne website linking a wide range of support programs and services including a
- access to free on accommodation and employment matters
- dedicated support through the Study Melbourne Student Centre including free and confidential support and practical help, including access to mental health services and referral to other services.
Lost your job or income due to COVID-19
Find information about support available if you have lost your job or had your income affected by COVID-19.
No Interest Loans scheme
Small amount, no-interest loans are available to all eligible Victorians through Good Money community finance outlets in Morwell, Geelong, Collingwood and Dandenong and a network of 77 local community organisations across Victoria.
The No Interest Loans (NILs) provides individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.
Loans are available for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines, car repairs and medical procedures for up to $1,500, repayable over 12 to 18 months.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, No-interest Household Relief Loans of up to $3,000 are also now available to support low-income households with the costs of rent and utilities, repayable over 24 months.
Help with electricity, gas and water bills
A range of support is available if you’re having trouble paying electricity, gas or water bills.
If you are a concession card holder (including JobSeeker recipients), you may be eligible for on your electricity, gas and water bills. If you live in a low-income household or are experiencing financial hardship, you may also be eligible to apply for a of up to $650 to help with overdue electricity, gas and water bills.
If you are having trouble paying your energy bill, you should contact your energy company. There are rules which mean they must let you know what help is available. Participating in a payment plan means you can’t be disconnected.
Business and industry
Economic survival package
The Victorian Government has established an unprecedented economic survival package to support Victorian businesses and workers through the devastating impacts of COVID-19.
Australian Government COVID-19 information and support for business
Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for government support for Australian businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund
Through the the Victorian Government is offering grants of up to $3,000 per tenancy. Private, individual and joint-owner landlords who have provided rent relief to their tenants under the requirements of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme and are facing financial hardship may be eligible.
The Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund has been created in recognition of small, private landlords who may not have the capacity to provide rent reductions to their tenants under the requirements of the CTRS.
Reviewed 03 April 2022