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New Crime Prevention Strategy To Keep Victorians Safer

The Victorian Government has announced a new strategy to tackle the root causes of crime and build safer, more connected Victorian communities. Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins today launched the Crime Prevention Strategy, backed by more than $30 million. The innovative strategy recognises that each community has the expertise, knowledge and ideas to design the solutions that are right for them. The strategy sets out a joined-up approach across different areas of Government to work in partnership with community groups, local councils, businesses, and support services to build these connections. It aims to get Victorian communities engaged in local solutions to prevent crime – to reduce contact with the criminal justice system, get more people connected with early support, and ultimately safer communities. This approach reflects more than two years of work across three key action areas – addressing the root causes of offending, connecting people and communities with the right support at the right time, and building on the evidence of the most effective ways to prevent crime. The Strategy builds on the Government’s investment of $48 million for more than 820 successful community crime prevention projects since 2015 that have addressed crime and safety issues across Victoria. Nearly $20 million from the Victorian Budget 2021/22 will deliver crime prevention initiatives under its key action areas, including extending fifteen Youth Crime Prevention Grant projects and investing in more community-led projects to address the causes of crime and intervene early for young people at-risk. This builds on an $11 million investment in the Building Safer Communities Program, which is a key initiative under the strategy, and empowers local communities to design and deliver effective and innovative crime prevention solutions. The program’s first round of funding will support 16 innovative projects across Victoria, including education programs for Pasifika young people, an Aboriginal mentoring program in Mildura for young people who’ve been in contact with the justice system, a program to improve women’s safety in the CBD and a western suburbs of Melbourne mentoring program for South Sudanese youth. The strategy will help to reduce the significant economic, social and personal costs of crime, and is part of the Victorian Government’s broader work in health, housing and employment to support communities to recover from the pandemic. For more details on the Crime Prevention Strategy, visit crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/strategy. Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “All Victorians should feel safe and be safe. Our new Crime Prevention Strategy sets out a clear blueprint to get to the root causes of crime by working with communities to prevent crime happening in the first place.”   “By intervening early and investing in housing, education and employment we can help to reduce the significant economic, social and personal costs of crime.”

New Crime Prevention Strategy To Keep Victorians Safer

The Victorian Government has announced a new strategy to tackle the root causes of crime and build safer, more connected Victorian communities. Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins today launched the Crime Prevention Strategy, backed by more than $30 million. The innovative strategy recognises that each community has the expertise, knowledge and ideas to design the solutions that are right for them. The strategy sets out a joined-up approach across different areas of Government to work in partnership with community groups, local councils, businesses, and support services to build these connections. It aims to get Victorian communities engaged in local solutions to prevent crime – to reduce contact with the criminal justice system, get more people connected with early support, and ultimately safer communities. This approach reflects more than two years of work across three key action areas – addressing the root causes of offending, connecting people and communities with the right support at the right time, and building on the evidence of the most effective ways to prevent crime. The Strategy builds on the Government’s investment of $48 million for more than 820 successful community crime prevention projects since 2015 that have addressed crime and safety issues across Victoria. Nearly $20 million from the Victorian Budget 2021/22 will deliver crime prevention initiatives under its key action areas, including extending fifteen Youth Crime Prevention Grant projects and investing in more community-led projects to address the causes of crime and intervene early for young people at-risk. This builds on an $11 million investment in the Building Safer Communities Program, which is a key initiative under the strategy, and empowers local communities to design and deliver effective and innovative crime prevention solutions. The program’s first round of funding will support 16 innovative projects across Victoria, including education programs for Pasifika young people, an Aboriginal mentoring program in Mildura for young people who’ve been in contact with the justice system, a program to improve women’s safety in the CBD and a western suburbs of Melbourne mentoring program for South Sudanese youth. The strategy will help to reduce the significant economic, social and personal costs of crime, and is part of the Victorian Government’s broader work in health, housing and employment to support communities to recover from the pandemic. For more details on the Crime Prevention Strategy, visit crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/strategy. Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “All Victorians should feel safe and be safe. Our new Crime Prevention Strategy sets out a clear blueprint to get to the root causes of crime by working with communities to prevent crime happening in the first place.”   “By intervening early and investing in housing, education and employment we can help to reduce the significant economic, social and personal costs of crime.”

Improving Community Safety In Hume

Community-driven ideas to improve public safety in the Hume City Council area will be supported with funding from the Victorian Government. Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins today announced that the council will receive an Empowering Communities grant of $700,000 to support community-designed and delivered projects. The Empowering Communities grants are part of the Government’s Building Safer Communities Program and will support local communities to kickstart projects and programs to improve safety and address crime in their area. A Building Safer Communities Forum was held in Hume late last year, hearing from local young people about the challenges and personal safety issues they face. The grant builds on the issues explored at the forum and on the Government’s recent investment in crime prevention in Hume, including the redevelopment of Broadmeadows Town Park, lighting and other safety improvements, and programs to tackle youth offending. More than $2.4 million in 21 crime prevention projects in the Hume local government area have been provided since 2015 through the Community Crime Prevention Program. This further funding boost complements the achievements already made by the local community. Evidence shows that community driven initiatives work when communities have the resources to identify and address the local issues which matter most to them. The Government has invested $11 million into the Building Safer Communities Program through the Victorian Budget 2020/21 and will support additional community led initiatives as part of a further $19.8 million investment in crime prevention through this year’s budget. Applications for the next round of competitive grants will open in November. Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “The Empowering Communities investment provide the opportunities for the Hume community to identify solutions to crime and safety issues which matter most to them.” “I am looking forward to seeing the Hume community develop effective crime prevention initiatives that will come to life through this Empowering Communities grant.” “This will give Hume the resources to tackle important community safety issues identified at the Building Safer Communities forum, and to empower the community to develop local crime prevention ideas which work."

Improving Community Safety In Hume

Community-driven ideas to improve public safety in the Hume City Council area will be supported with funding from the Victorian Government. Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins today announced that the council will receive an Empowering Communities grant of $700,000 to support community-designed and delivered projects. The Empowering Communities grants are part of the Government’s Building Safer Communities Program and will support local communities to kickstart projects and programs to improve safety and address crime in their area. A Building Safer Communities Forum was held in Hume late last year, hearing from local young people about the challenges and personal safety issues they face. The grant builds on the issues explored at the forum and on the Government’s recent investment in crime prevention in Hume, including the redevelopment of Broadmeadows Town Park, lighting and other safety improvements, and programs to tackle youth offending. More than $2.4 million in 21 crime prevention projects in the Hume local government area have been provided since 2015 through the Community Crime Prevention Program. This further funding boost complements the achievements already made by the local community. Evidence shows that community driven initiatives work when communities have the resources to identify and address the local issues which matter most to them. The Government has invested $11 million into the Building Safer Communities Program through the Victorian Budget 2020/21 and will support additional community led initiatives as part of a further $19.8 million investment in crime prevention through this year’s budget. Applications for the next round of competitive grants will open in November. Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “The Empowering Communities investment provide the opportunities for the Hume community to identify solutions to crime and safety issues which matter most to them.” “I am looking forward to seeing the Hume community develop effective crime prevention initiatives that will come to life through this Empowering Communities grant.” “This will give Hume the resources to tackle important community safety issues identified at the Building Safer Communities forum, and to empower the community to develop local crime prevention ideas which work."

Improving Women’s Safety At Night In The CBD

An innovative partnership in Melbourne to improve safety for women and gender diverse people travelling into the city at night will be supported by the Victorian Government. Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins joined Lord Mayor Sally Capp to announce a $193,000 grant from the Crime Prevention Innovation Fund to support Melbourne City Council’s Night Justice project. The funding will support a Night Safety Summit, development of a Night Safety Charter, the development of a sexual assault behaviour change campaign, and a Good Night Out Accreditation program. Similar work around a Night Safety Summit and Charter in London has seen changes to improve women’s safety in its CBD including training for venue staff to understand and respond to sexual harassment, and changes to designs of public and workspaces. The project brings together a range of partners including Victoria Police, Crime Stoppers Victoria, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, the Melbourne Licensees Forum and the University of Melbourne. The Crime Prevention Innovation Fund is part of the Government’s Building Safer Communities Program, providing grants for projects that deliver innovative community safety and crime prevention initiatives. More than $540,000 for seven crime prevention projects in the City of Melbourne has been invested since 2015 through the Community Crime Prevention Program. The Night Justice project is one of 16 projects state-wide sharing $4.4 million as part of the first round of the Building Safer Communities Program. For more information go to crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/buildingsafercommunities. Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “Our Building Safer Community grants give local communities the resources they need to tackle the crime and safety issues that matter most to them.” “I look forward to seeing the City of Melbourne and its community deliver the Night Justice project to improve safety in the CBD.” Quote attributable to Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne Sally Capp “Melbourne’s vibrant and diverse nightlife is part of our city’s DNA and is what draws people into the city after dark. Creating a safe atmosphere for women and non-binary people is an incredibly important part of a welcoming and thriving nightlife.”

Improving Women’s Safety At Night In The CBD

An innovative partnership in Melbourne to improve safety for women and gender diverse people travelling into the city at night will be supported by the Victorian Government. Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins joined Lord Mayor Sally Capp to announce a $193,000 grant from the Crime Prevention Innovation Fund to support Melbourne City Council’s Night Justice project. The funding will support a Night Safety Summit, development of a Night Safety Charter, the development of a sexual assault behaviour change campaign, and a Good Night Out Accreditation program. Similar work around a Night Safety Summit and Charter in London has seen changes to improve women’s safety in its CBD including training for venue staff to understand and respond to sexual harassment, and changes to designs of public and workspaces. The project brings together a range of partners including Victoria Police, Crime Stoppers Victoria, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, the Melbourne Licensees Forum and the University of Melbourne. The Crime Prevention Innovation Fund is part of the Government’s Building Safer Communities Program, providing grants for projects that deliver innovative community safety and crime prevention initiatives. More than $540,000 for seven crime prevention projects in the City of Melbourne has been invested since 2015 through the Community Crime Prevention Program. The Night Justice project is one of 16 projects state-wide sharing $4.4 million as part of the first round of the Building Safer Communities Program. For more information go to crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/buildingsafercommunities. Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “Our Building Safer Community grants give local communities the resources they need to tackle the crime and safety issues that matter most to them.” “I look forward to seeing the City of Melbourne and its community deliver the Night Justice project to improve safety in the CBD.” Quote attributable to Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne Sally Capp “Melbourne’s vibrant and diverse nightlife is part of our city’s DNA and is what draws people into the city after dark. Creating a safe atmosphere for women and non-binary people is an incredibly important part of a welcoming and thriving nightlife.”

Supporting A Safer Corrections System

The Victorian Government has commissioned an independent review into the culture of Victoria’s prison system to help drive a safer, more inclusive environment for all staff. The review will also ensure Victoria’s custodial corrections system continues promoting rehabilitation, reducing recidivism, and catering to the needs of all prisoners to ensure the system improves community safety. A panel of three independent expert advisers has been appointed to the review – former Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright, CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Jill Gallagher AO, and former Fair Work Commission Deputy President Greg Smith AM. The expert advisers have extensive experience working with vulnerable Victorians, an understanding of the justice system, and experience in workplace culture and safety reform. The review will look at workplace culture among and towards staff in public and private prisons. It will identify opportunities for improvement and assess how effective departmental processes are in preventing and responding to behavioural and cultural challenges. Both staff and prisoners will be able to contribute to the review. With Aboriginal Victorians significantly overrepresented in prison, it will also provide advice on how we can better support Aboriginal people in custody in ways that are culturally appropriate and free from discrimination. Importantly, the review will build on initiatives already underway across the Department of Justice and Community Safety, including Corrections Victoria. This includes increased integrity training for staff, ongoing efforts to strengthen operational and cultural leadership, and our continued work under the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement. The review will commence shortly and will report to the Minister for Corrections. The panel will establish the processes and timing for interested parties to participate. Further details of the review are available at corrections.vic.gov.au/cultural-review. Quotes attributable to Minister for Corrections Natalie Hutchins “Our prison staff play a frontline role in keeping our community safe – this review will help them to make a positive difference to the lives of prisoners and to the safety of Victorians.” “Tim Cartwright, Jill Gallagher and Greg Smith are highly respected in their fields and we welcome their support in ensuring the safety of Victorians and the strength of our corrections workforce.”

Supporting A Safer Corrections System

The Victorian Government has commissioned an independent review into the culture of Victoria’s prison system to help drive a safer, more inclusive environment for all staff. The review will also ensure Victoria’s custodial corrections system continues promoting rehabilitation, reducing recidivism, and catering to the needs of all prisoners to ensure the system improves community safety. A panel of three independent expert advisers has been appointed to the review – former Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright, CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Jill Gallagher AO, and former Fair Work Commission Deputy President Greg Smith AM. The expert advisers have extensive experience working with vulnerable Victorians, an understanding of the justice system, and experience in workplace culture and safety reform. The review will look at workplace culture among and towards staff in public and private prisons. It will identify opportunities for improvement and assess how effective departmental processes are in preventing and responding to behavioural and cultural challenges. Both staff and prisoners will be able to contribute to the review. With Aboriginal Victorians significantly overrepresented in prison, it will also provide advice on how we can better support Aboriginal people in custody in ways that are culturally appropriate and free from discrimination. Importantly, the review will build on initiatives already underway across the Department of Justice and Community Safety, including Corrections Victoria. This includes increased integrity training for staff, ongoing efforts to strengthen operational and cultural leadership, and our continued work under the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement. The review will commence shortly and will report to the Minister for Corrections. The panel will establish the processes and timing for interested parties to participate. Further details of the review are available at corrections.vic.gov.au/cultural-review. Quotes attributable to Minister for Corrections Natalie Hutchins “Our prison staff play a frontline role in keeping our community safe – this review will help them to make a positive difference to the lives of prisoners and to the safety of Victorians.” “Tim Cartwright, Jill Gallagher and Greg Smith are highly respected in their fields and we welcome their support in ensuring the safety of Victorians and the strength of our corrections workforce.”

 

SUPPORTING LOCALS IN SYDENHAM TO EAT WELL, MOVE MORE AND STAY CONNECTED

One local group in Sydenham will share in $3million of VicHealth funding to help their communities reconnect and improve their health following the impacts of coronavirus and the Victorian bushfires. BrimActive Fitness are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to: help locals build better social connections with each other and the community and provide greater opportunities for physical activity. BrimActive Fitness will receive funding to run a group exercise program for culturally and linguistically diverse women focused on fitness through Pilates. The initiative reduces barriers to exercise for women from culturally diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds and fosters social connections within an inclusive space by providing high-quality low-cost classes as well as childminding. Natalie Hutchins MP, State Member for Sydenham stands committed to supporting those in the community who need it most. “This much-needed funding from VicHealth aims to ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to get their health and wellbeing back on track in 2021 and beyond,” Natalie Hutchins MP said. “Sydenham’s grassroots organisations understand our communities needs and can deliver locally-led solutions to empower [electorate] residents to improve their health and wellbeing in the wake of the pandemic.” VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role in helping Victorians hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Victorian bushfires to connect and take care of their wellbeing. “This funding is about empowering fantastic grassroots organisations so Victorians facing disadvantage can enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being active, eating healthy food and being socially connected,” Dr Demaio said. “Protecting our health and wellbeing is more important than ever, so we’re thrilled to be able to help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.” For further information, visit http://bit.ly/VHgrantshelp.

SUPPORTING LOCALS IN SYDENHAM TO EAT WELL, MOVE MORE AND STAY CONNECTED

One local group in Sydenham will share in $3million of VicHealth funding to help their communities reconnect and improve their health following the impacts of coronavirus and the Victorian bushfires. BrimActive Fitness are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to: help locals build better social connections with each other and the community and provide greater opportunities for physical activity. BrimActive Fitness will receive funding to run a group exercise program for culturally and linguistically diverse women focused on fitness through Pilates. The initiative reduces barriers to exercise for women from culturally diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds and fosters social connections within an inclusive space by providing high-quality low-cost classes as well as childminding. Natalie Hutchins MP, State Member for Sydenham stands committed to supporting those in the community who need it most. “This much-needed funding from VicHealth aims to ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to get their health and wellbeing back on track in 2021 and beyond,” Natalie Hutchins MP said. “Sydenham’s grassroots organisations understand our communities needs and can deliver locally-led solutions to empower [electorate] residents to improve their health and wellbeing in the wake of the pandemic.” VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role in helping Victorians hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Victorian bushfires to connect and take care of their wellbeing. “This funding is about empowering fantastic grassroots organisations so Victorians facing disadvantage can enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being active, eating healthy food and being socially connected,” Dr Demaio said. “Protecting our health and wellbeing is more important than ever, so we’re thrilled to be able to help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.” For further information, visit http://bit.ly/VHgrantshelp.

New Resource To Protect Older Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting training for aged care staff to help them recognise the signs of elder abuse, and step in to stop it. Speaking today at the Victorian Government’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan announced a new training program to assist aged care staff to recognise and respond to elder abuse in residential aged care. The resources were developed by the Victorian Healthcare Association through funding of $215,950 and include four video training modules with information, scenarios and recommended actions relevant to residential aged care. Developed in consultation with a range of subject matter experts, including practitioner and consumer representatives, these resources use best practice to build a safe environment for residents. Elder abuse is a form of family violence and includes any act within a trusted relationship which results in harm to an older person. It can take many forms, including financial abuse. Research indicates that up to 14 per cent of older people may be experiencing elder abuse – yet the real number may be much higher due to under-reporting – and with more people potentially feeling isolated during the coronavirus pandemic, there are concerns it may increase. Seniors Rights Victoria’s free confidential helpline provides support, referrals and legal advice for older people, and community education and support for professionals. The helpline is open from 10:00am-5:00pm weekdays on 1300 368 821. Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Elder abuse sadly continues to affect many older Victorians – so it is vital aged care staff are well-trained to recognise the signs and step in.” “We need to continue to look out for each other – but particularly older members of our community who may be feeling more isolated or vulnerable during the pandemic. Elder abuse prevention and early intervention is critical.” “This new resource will give staff working in aged care the confidence to recognise and respond to incidents of elder abuse.”

New Resource To Protect Older Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting training for aged care staff to help them recognise the signs of elder abuse, and step in to stop it. Speaking today at the Victorian Government’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan announced a new training program to assist aged care staff to recognise and respond to elder abuse in residential aged care. The resources were developed by the Victorian Healthcare Association through funding of $215,950 and include four video training modules with information, scenarios and recommended actions relevant to residential aged care. Developed in consultation with a range of subject matter experts, including practitioner and consumer representatives, these resources use best practice to build a safe environment for residents. Elder abuse is a form of family violence and includes any act within a trusted relationship which results in harm to an older person. It can take many forms, including financial abuse. Research indicates that up to 14 per cent of older people may be experiencing elder abuse – yet the real number may be much higher due to under-reporting – and with more people potentially feeling isolated during the coronavirus pandemic, there are concerns it may increase. Seniors Rights Victoria’s free confidential helpline provides support, referrals and legal advice for older people, and community education and support for professionals. The helpline is open from 10:00am-5:00pm weekdays on 1300 368 821. Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Elder abuse sadly continues to affect many older Victorians – so it is vital aged care staff are well-trained to recognise the signs and step in.” “We need to continue to look out for each other – but particularly older members of our community who may be feeling more isolated or vulnerable during the pandemic. Elder abuse prevention and early intervention is critical.” “This new resource will give staff working in aged care the confidence to recognise and respond to incidents of elder abuse.”

Improving Community Safety In Brimbank

Community safety in Brimbank will be improved with support from the Victorian Government to help address the root causes of crime. Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins today announced the City of Brimbank will be the first local government Crime Prevention partner as part of the Victorian Government’s Building Safer Communities Program. The partnership will result in $700,000 in grants for crime prevention programs determined by the local community. The Empowering Communities grants are part of the Government’s Building Safer Communities Program helping local communities bring projects to life that improve safety and address crime in their area. The first of the Government’s Building Safer Communities forums was held in Brimbank in November 2020, hearing from local young people about the challenges and personal safety issues they face. Forums have since been held in Hume and Melton with another scheduled for Ballarat. The grant builds on the issues explored at the forum and on the Government’s recent investment in crime prevention in Brimbank, including funding for CCTV, lighting and other safety improvements and programs for young people from diverse backgrounds. This further funding complements initiatives previously delivered by the local community and supported by government. This includes more than $2.8 million for 38 crime prevention projects in the Brimbank local government area, funded through the Community Crime Prevention Program. The Community Crime Prevention Program has invested more than $48 million in 820 projects across Victoria since 2015. For more information go to crimeprevention.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “We’re investing in local communities because they have the local knowledge and expertise to address the root causes of crime. “This will give Brimbank the resources to tackle important community safety issues identified at the Building Safer Communities forum, and to support the community to develop local crime prevention ideas that work.”

Improving Community Safety In Brimbank

Community safety in Brimbank will be improved with support from the Victorian Government to help address the root causes of crime. Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins today announced the City of Brimbank will be the first local government Crime Prevention partner as part of the Victorian Government’s Building Safer Communities Program. The partnership will result in $700,000 in grants for crime prevention programs determined by the local community. The Empowering Communities grants are part of the Government’s Building Safer Communities Program helping local communities bring projects to life that improve safety and address crime in their area. The first of the Government’s Building Safer Communities forums was held in Brimbank in November 2020, hearing from local young people about the challenges and personal safety issues they face. Forums have since been held in Hume and Melton with another scheduled for Ballarat. The grant builds on the issues explored at the forum and on the Government’s recent investment in crime prevention in Brimbank, including funding for CCTV, lighting and other safety improvements and programs for young people from diverse backgrounds. This further funding complements initiatives previously delivered by the local community and supported by government. This includes more than $2.8 million for 38 crime prevention projects in the Brimbank local government area, funded through the Community Crime Prevention Program. The Community Crime Prevention Program has invested more than $48 million in 820 projects across Victoria since 2015. For more information go to crimeprevention.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins “We’re investing in local communities because they have the local knowledge and expertise to address the root causes of crime. “This will give Brimbank the resources to tackle important community safety issues identified at the Building Safer Communities forum, and to support the community to develop local crime prevention ideas that work.”

Extra Cash Support For Melbourne Businesses

The Victorian Government will provide additional support for businesses in greater Melbourne who continue to be affected by necessary health restrictions. After two weeks of Victorians doing the right thing, we are now in a place where we can continue to ease restrictions and reopen more businesses safely – but those businesses that will still be affected by restrictions will share a new injection of $8.4 million. This takes total support for businesses announced in the past 11 days beyond $500 million. The Government has previously announced $492.2 million of support for small and medium-sized businesses and sole traders, including the Business Costs Assistance Program, Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund and Regional Tourism Support Package. The initial funding supported businesses including restaurants and cafes, event suppliers, tourism and accommodation providers and non-essential retailers. The Business Costs Assistance Program provides eligible businesses affected by the two weeks of restrictions with access to payments of $5,000. A further $2,000 top-up payment will be available to businesses in metropolitan Melbourne that are closed due to extended restrictions announced today, including gyms, dance schools and yoga studios, taking the total amount available to businesses in eligible sectors to $7,000. Up to 90,000 businesses will benefit from the support packages announced over the past two weeks. Close to 70,000 businesses affected by restrictions beyond Thursday, 3 June 2021 were eligible for an extension payment from $2,500 to $5,000, and around 3,700 businesses will be eligible for the new $2,000 top-up payment. Tourism businesses in regional and metropolitan Melbourne that receive the Tourism Supplement payment announced on Sunday will not receive this top-up payment. Their payments have already reached $7,000. Applications for the Business Costs Assistance Program are open and businesses will only need to submit one application to receive their maximum payment. Initial payments started this week. More information about the Business Costs Assistance Program is available at business.vic.gov.au. 

Extra Cash Support For Melbourne Businesses

The Victorian Government will provide additional support for businesses in greater Melbourne who continue to be affected by necessary health restrictions. After two weeks of Victorians doing the right thing, we are now in a place where we can continue to ease restrictions and reopen more businesses safely – but those businesses that will still be affected by restrictions will share a new injection of $8.4 million. This takes total support for businesses announced in the past 11 days beyond $500 million. The Government has previously announced $492.2 million of support for small and medium-sized businesses and sole traders, including the Business Costs Assistance Program, Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund and Regional Tourism Support Package. The initial funding supported businesses including restaurants and cafes, event suppliers, tourism and accommodation providers and non-essential retailers. The Business Costs Assistance Program provides eligible businesses affected by the two weeks of restrictions with access to payments of $5,000. A further $2,000 top-up payment will be available to businesses in metropolitan Melbourne that are closed due to extended restrictions announced today, including gyms, dance schools and yoga studios, taking the total amount available to businesses in eligible sectors to $7,000. Up to 90,000 businesses will benefit from the support packages announced over the past two weeks. Close to 70,000 businesses affected by restrictions beyond Thursday, 3 June 2021 were eligible for an extension payment from $2,500 to $5,000, and around 3,700 businesses will be eligible for the new $2,000 top-up payment. Tourism businesses in regional and metropolitan Melbourne that receive the Tourism Supplement payment announced on Sunday will not receive this top-up payment. Their payments have already reached $7,000. Applications for the Business Costs Assistance Program are open and businesses will only need to submit one application to receive their maximum payment. Initial payments started this week. More information about the Business Costs Assistance Program is available at business.vic.gov.au.