Applications for the Business Costs Assistance Program and the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund to help businesses affected for the Circuit Breaker restrictions are now open. View more here.
The Victorian Government has announced that from 11.59pm Thursday 17 June, restrictions will be further eased in Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria. See the summary here.
Use of the Victorian Government QR code service is now mandatory in all venues and facilities required to have electronic record-keeping for contact tracing purposes. Retail will also be required to use QR codes as of 18 June, and offices as of 1 July. Find out more.
The Australian Government has established a $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund to support regions, communities and industry sectors that have been disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The initiatives announced under the Fund are supporting industries including aviation, agriculture, fisheries, tourism and the arts.
To allocate the funding, the Deputy Prime Minister chaired a Ministerial Advisory Group, which met to consider proposals submitted from across a number of portfolios.
Funding has been channeled through existing mechanisms where possible to ensure support is provided quickly. Initiatives under the Fund are administered by the department or agency with the relevant sector responsibilities.