What is the COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate?

The COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate is a program to help businesses cover the cost of cleaning after closing a worksite due to a suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID‑19) case.

 

Background

The COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate is available for small and medium-sized businesses, where anyone suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19) has been on the premises or worksite when they may have been infectious.

The rebate will help eligible businesses cover the cost of hiring professional cleaning services to conduct a ‘deep clean’ or ‘decontamination clean’ of their premises or worksite. This will help businesses prevent further transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), and reduce their out-of-pocket cleaning expenses.

 

Funding

The rebate will cover up to 80 per cent of the cleaning costs at each worksite, capped at a grant of $10,000 (for a total cleaning cost of $12,500).

 

Eligibility

Grant funding is available to eligible applicants who can show they have engaged a Professional Cleaning Service to perform a decontamination cleaning at the Worksite under the DHHS COVID-19 Guidelines. If multiple Professional Cleaning Service providers are required to undertake the specialist onsite cleaning, this is permissible up to the $10,000 (exc GST) cap amount.

To be eligible for the rebate, businesses must meet all of the following criteria:

  • operate from a worksite or premises in Victoria where a person suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19) has been on site when they may have been infectious
  • have undertaken a ‘deep clean’ or ‘decontamination clean’ of the affected worksite by a professional cleaning service in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) guidelines on coronavirus (COVID-19) ‘deep cleans’ or ‘decontamination cleans’External link (opens in same window).
  • have evidence of the expenditure incurred for the cost of the decontamination cleaning at the affected worksite and payment of the expenditure
  • hold a valid Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have an annual payroll of less than $3 million in 2019-20 on an ungrouped basis
  • be registered with WorkSafe if employing people
  • be registered as a trading business with the responsible federal or state regulator.

Applicants must provide the following evidence:

  • an attestation that someone who was suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19) attended the premises or worksite while they may have been infectious; and
  • if using an external professional cleaning service, itemised invoices or other evidence of payment for the total amount paid for cleaning the worksite under the DHHS coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines; or
  • if using an internal professional cleaning service carried out by staff usually engaged or employed by the business and who have not been required to isolate, evidence of itemised, internal costs incurred for cleaning the worksite under the DHHS COVID-19 Guidelines in addition to business as usual cleaning activities.

Evidence from multiple service providers can be provided if all were used to conduct the decontamination cleaning.

 

Timing

Applications open on an ongoing basis.

 

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