Melbourne woman, 21, reveals how to get $2,800 from government in lieu of Covid disaster payout

‘I feel like only rich old white men know stuff like this’: Melbourne woman, 21, reveals how to get $2,800 alms from government right away – and says ‘bring on another lockdown’

  • TikTok user @ellacas has been granted access to a $2,800 Covid grant for Victorian businesses
  • She posted because she said only ‘rich old white men know this’
  • The 21-year-old runs an events business and describes himself as an investor
  • The payment is significantly higher than the $750 Covid ‘disaster’ payment
  • The money is available for companies affected by the extension of the lockdown


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A young Melbourne woman has urged small business owners to apply for the $2,800 government grant rather than settle for a $750 Covid ‘disaster’ payment.

Event planner Ellie Cas, 21, took to TikTok to share a screenshot of the money being deposited into her account as she joked that she was enjoying the city’s sixth lockdown.

“Bring on another lockdown, I know that sounds bad guys, and forgive me for saying it, but that’s how I feel,” she touted in the clip.

“Ps I’d much rather be open and work for my money,” she added.

Business owner Ella Cas posted on TikTok that she had received a payment of $2,800 through Victoria's Business Costs Assistance Program, paid to businesses affected by the extension of Victoria's covid lockdown

Business owner Ella Cas posted on TikTok that she had received a payment of $2,800 through Victoria’s Business Costs Assistance Program, paid to businesses affected by the extension of Victoria’s covid lockdown

The $2,800 payment Ms Cas refers to is part of a Commonwealth and Victorian government-funded package for businesses affected by the state’s Covid lockdown.

About 95,000 businesses in metropolitan Melbourne received the automatic payment as part of the Business Costs Assistance Program, provided they were eligible.

“Follow me for more tips because I think only rich old white men know this and I want to help you girls,” Ms Cas wrote.

The 21-year-old clarified that she ran a legitimate event planning company with an ABN making more than $70,000 a year before the lockdowns.

Another person noted that they could only receive the grant if their business earned a certain amount of money.

Ms Cas said her business had revenue ‘when we’re not in lockdown’.

“I don’t know the details because my accountant applied for the grant on my behalf,” she replied.

“Follow me for more tips because I feel like only rich old white men know this and I want to help you girls,” Ms Cas wrote under her post.

Some of the eligibility criteria for the program under which Ms. Cas was granted access to the funds include that the company is located in Victoria, is registered as operating in an eligible industry sector and has incurred direct costs as a result. of the COVID-19 crisis in July or August restrictions.

The amount available to businesses under the program is a substantial improvement over the covid emergency compensation available to most people who have lost work and income as a result of the Victorian lockdown.

Depending on your eligibility, those payments are $450 if you lost less than 20 hours of work in a week, and $750 if you lost 20 hours or more in a week.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said yesterday the number of cases in the state remained too high for the lockdown to end, but “modest changes” to restrictions would be announced today.

He is expected to detail the thresholds on the number of cases Victoria will need to ease some restrictions and then get out of lockdown.

The 21-year-old clarified that she ran a legitimate event planning company with an ABN making more than $70,000 a year before the lockdowns

The 21-year-old clarified that she ran a legitimate event planning company with an ABN making more than $70,000 a year before the lockdowns

The 21-year-old clarified that she ran a legitimate event planning company with an ABN making more than $70,000 a year before the lockdowns

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