Small Business Ventilation Program

Funding for public-facing small businesses to purchase equipment and upgrades to improve ventilation and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and boost customer confidence.

Good ventilation is important because COVID-19 is airborne and primarily spread between people breathing in very small droplets or aerosols containing the virus. The risk of aerosol transmission is higher in a poorly ventilated space because fine aerosol spray from an infected person can remain circulating, linger and spread more easily.

How the funding may be used

Examples of eligible expenditure include:

  • works to the building to maximise ventilation, for example fixing windows to ensure they open or adding additional windows or doors to create greater air flow
  • purchase and installation of spare parts to ensure the existing ventilation system operates effectively
  • repairs, servicing or cleaning of an existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system or air conditioning unit to improve air flow
  • purchasing an air purifier using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter for the premises
  • inspection by a qualified professional service provider for the purpose of a ventilation audit, HVAC health check or assistance with items identified in the self-assessment ventilation guidance.
  • equipment and works that improve air ventilation and/or purification for the installation, upgrade, maintenance and repair of building infrastructure and ventilation systems
  • direct costs to deliver the ventilation project such as labour, regulatory approvals or cost of building modification directly related to and required to accommodate the ventilation project proposal.

Find out more about the program

Apply for a Ventilation Rebate or Grant