Employment and Income

Many Australians are doing it tough right now. This section contains information and services to help you if your employment has been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Disaster Payments

If you can't go to work and earn an income because you have been directed to quarantine for 14 days, there is a $1,500 payment available.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

Are you isolating waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test? There is a $450 payment available.

COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment

Eligible workers who lose work due to the lockdown can access the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment, as can sole-traders who do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs. The payment is $450 for people who have lost 8-20 hours work over seven days or $750 for 20 hours or more of work lost.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

Support for businesses

Business owners who want help applying for the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment can access the Business Victoria Concierge Service on 13 22 15.

Our COVID-19 Business Support page contains advice, updates and support to help your business plan and respond to coronavirus COVID-19, including grants and deep cleaning for identified exposure sites.

If you have any questions please contact Council’s Business and Industry Team on 03 5832 9700


I need to travel to NSW for work? Can I cross the border? Do I need a permit?

No, there are currently no restrictions moving between Victoria and NSW.

What employment agencies are available that can help me find a job?

Where can I get financial advice? Should I access my superannuation? How can I budget with a reduced income?

Greater Shepparton has many expert financial advisers who would be more than willing to talk about your situation and the options that you may have available. This might include questions such as should I access my superannuation, am I eligible for government financial assistance, how can I budget to live with a reduced income etc.

How can I look for ways to reduce my spending now I have less income?

Look at your expenses to see where you can make quick savings. Every little bit will help.

Find quick wins; look through your bank or credit card statements for the last two months. Identify anything that isn't essential, or you can defer for a while. This could be things like subscriptions or memberships.

Reduce your grocery bills by:

  • Plan meals in advance and only shop for the ingredients in those meals.
  • Buy home or own brands where you can.
  • Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season or on sale.
  • Cook meals like soups and pasta sauces that have lots of left overs you can freeze for later.
  • Meat can be expensive, so plan some meals that don't include meat.

With utilities, compare energy suppliers to make sure you're getting the best deal. Use the Government's Energy Made Easy website or Victorian Energy Compare.

If you have bills due for utilities such as electricity, gas, phone and water, contact your provider straight away. Explain your situation and tell them you would like to apply for financial hardship. You may be able to pay the bills in instalments, or get an extension to pay. Also ask if you're eligible for a utility rebate or voucher.

A budget is the best tool you have to put a financial plan in place for the next 3 months.

Use your expected income and spending to create a new budget. It will help you think about your finances in the longer-term and feel more in control. Use any surplus you have each week to add to your emergency fund. This will give you a buffer to cover for any unexpected expenses.


Small Business

What is the Victorian Government offering to assist businesses?

As part of a $1.7 billion economic survival package, the Victorian Government has announced $500 million to establish a Business Support Fund to assist small to medium businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

To apply for the Business Support Fund, visit the website

Business Victoria website

What is Council offering to assist local businesses?

Council initiated a suite of measures through the introduction of a Stage 1 $1.5 million Greater Shepparton Economic Response to COVID-19 Package.

This Package aims to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the health and wellbeing of Greater Shepparton residents, our vulnerable community, and provide immediate and ongoing support to our local businesses that are currently experiencing devastating levels of disruption and uncertainty.

While the full local economic effects from the pandemic are yet to be fully understood, the Package provides timely financial and direct support to businesses and the broader community to assist in managing and navigating the immediate and ongoing impact of COVID-19.

Council’s Package seeks to build on relief plans and various measures announced by the Federal and State Governments rather than duplicate their efforts.

And while the Package offers direct funding relief, it further provides actions to strengthen the on-going resilience and capacity within the community, as well as enabling Council to be more agile in its planning, processing and delivery of services.

Economic Response to COVID-19 Package

Are there any local businesses that are sharing information and resources? How can I offer my business' services to assist others? 

GROW Greater Shepparton is an information sharing hub which has a business and community directory as well as events and jobs noticeboards to share information. The noticeboards are moderated and only those who register can see what is posted. Registrations are restricted to Greater Shepparton businesses and community service organisations.

GROW Greater Shepparton website


Shepparton Work and Learning Centre

Do you have working rights ? You may be eligible for our free service. Have you lost your job or lost hours at work as a result of COVID-19? If you answered yes, please email wlcshepparton@bsl.org.au or contact Penny on 0490 120 245 to discuss your eligibility.

Our specialist team of Work and Learning Advisors are ready to help find the training and employment opportunities that are right for you.

  • Job search support
  • Interview skills and CV preparation
  • Training in workplace culture
  • Work experience support
  • Connection with local employers
  • Referrals to related support if needed

Brotherhood of St Laurence website

Goulburn Murray LLEN

The GMLLEN vision is that all youth in our communities are successfully engaged in education, training and employment. GMLLEN operates within the geographical boundaries of the City of Greater Shepparton, Moira and Strathbogie Shires.

Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) play a central role in implementing the Victorian Government’s career education and vocational pathways agenda, with a focus on a commitment to ensure students have clear connections to the world of work and support a strong model of school-employer engagement. The LLEN will facilitate partnerships and broker initiatives between education industry, training providers, local community organisations. Call 0413 438 289.

GMLLEN website