Payroll tax refunded to 17,000 Vic businesses

About 17,000 Victorian businesses have had their payroll tax contributions refunded for the first three quarters of this financial year to help them get through the slowdown after losing customers, Premier Daniel Andrews has revealed.

"That's a really significant amount of cash … It's cash that's really important for them to make it through to the other side," Mr Andrews said.

Under another component of the government's business support packages, $10,000 survival grants will be paid out to 5000 businesses by close of business today.

Separately, 50,000 Victorians have applied for the 'Working for Victoria Fund' and so far 1300 people who have lost their jobs have been put into work for the government, at Foodbank or call centres, for example.

Mr Andrews repeated that the Easter long weekend is not an opportunity for families to take a holiday.

He said he wouldn't try to stop people travelling to their own holiday homes, which could drain police resources, but asked Victorians to use their common sense.

"This is not a holiday weekend," he said. "Please ask yourselves a pretty simple question, do I need to go there? That's a pretty simple question.

"I haven't looked at the weather forecast, I hope it's pouring all weekend. I seriously do."

Mr Andrews said families should only be spending time with their own households.

He said Victorians should be extra careful about spending time with grandparents, who may be at extra risk of falling seriously ill with the coronavirus because of their age or existing health conditions.

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