Friday, 3 July

The Victorian Government has announced a new $5 million fund to support regional accommodation businesses affected by the return to Stay at Home restrictions for some Victorian postcodes.


A number of regional accommodation businesses may be affected by booking cancellations because of the restrictions, with Stay at Home directions in place until at least 11:59 on the 29th of July.


The Tourism Accommodation Support Program is available for operators including motels, caravan parks and short-term rentals such as Airbnb properties that can demonstrate losses due to the new restrictions.


If businesses cannot replace cancelled bookings, payments of up to $225 per cancelled booking per night will be paid. To be eligible for the payment, full refunds must be provided to the guest and no cancellation fees levied. It applies to bookings made before 3pm on 30 June 2020 for the period of travel between 11.59pm on 1 July and 11.59pm on 29 July 2020.


If you are eligible for the regional accommodation support fund, please register at www.business.vic.gov.au. Applications open on 13 July 2020.


Accommodation operators in regional Victoria (comprising the 48 Regional and Rural Council areas, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Yarra Ranges Shire, Victoria’s six Alpine Resorts, French Island, Gabo Island and Lady Julia Percy Island) can apply for a refund.


We’re pleased this fund is available to provide relief for businesses who would have otherwise lost income due to cancelled bookings, as well as ensuring guests are not out of pocket. We also hope many guests will choose to postpone their trip and rebook for a later date so they can make the most of our beautiful state, when it is safe to do so.


These restrictions aren’t easy, but they are so important to our effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep all Victorians safe.


Kind regards,

Brendan McClements 

CEO, Visit Victoria