COVID-19 business support

Overview

We know that many businesses are doing it tough and are having to react and adapt to rapidly changing restrictions. 

The information provided on this page, from the Australian and Victorian governments, Council and other agencies, is the most current information available for businesses in the shire.

This will be updated as new information becomes available.

Contact us with any suggestions as to how we can further support our local business community.

Call (03) 5421 9616 or email ecodevadmin@mrsc.vic.gov.au

Advice for farmers

Farmers and producers are vital to all Victorian communities. Find out the latest advice from Agriculture Victoria for your agribusiness.

Business workshops online

Regional Growth Summit

In a changing world where it is becoming more difficult to stay connected to others in your business community, the virtual Regional Growth Summit being held on 27 May aims to improve engagement, create resilience and develop lasting economic strength for regional Australia.

Council has purchased a licence allowing free access to the summit for all businesses in the shire, and other benefits.

Find out more

Small Business Victoria workshops

Council is now a Small Business Victoria workshop host. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these workshops are free and will be delivered online.  The three workshops being delivered are focused on addressing some of the needs of the business community as restrictions are beginning to be eased and recovery becomes the key focus for many.

Find out more

Online business resilience program

The Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) and Melbourne Innovation Centre have launched an online Business Resilience program. This program is designed to assist Victorian small businesses affected by COVID-19. 

Support includes free access to virtual mentoring, online workshops and resources. 

Businesses must be Victorian for-profit, have an active ABN and less than 20 employees to participate in this program.

Upcoming workshops include:

  • How to keep customers during COVID-19 - 27 May
  • Marketing on social media during a crisis - 3 June
  • The digital pivot: How to take your traditional business online - 10 June
  • Marketing with empathy during a global crisis - 24 June
  • How to keep remote workers engaged - 1 July

Find out more about workshops

Also on offer is up to 4 hours of mentoring, delivered in 2 x 2 hour sessions. Examples of discussions include COVID-19 best practices for small business, developing a crisis management plan, digital transformation and communicating with your customers during COVID-19.

Find out more about mentoring

Places are limited and bookings are essential.

Australian Taxation Office

Tax support for small business webinars

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is delivering a Tax Support for Small Business webinar for businesses affected by COVID-19. 

With many sessions available up to 12 June there is the flexibility to book a session that suits you.

Book a session

Online webinars

For the forseeable future, the ATO will be running their usual face-to-face workshops as online webinars.  With everything from recording income and expenses to single touch payroll there is something for every business.

Find out more

Buy local

It has been wonderful to see the amazing response with many businesses now changing to online services and providing take away and delivery options where possible.

There are a number of ‘Buy local’ campaigns in and around the region and we encourage you to be a part of these. Now is also a great time to support one another. Let’s rally behind the businesses in our shire and buy local as much as we can.

If there are goods or services that you are struggling to source locally that you need to support your business, let us know and we will investigate opportunities for other local business to assist.

Fair Work Ombudsman

If you have any questions about workplace entitlements, the Fair Work Ombudsman has advice about rights and responsibilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Government advice and support

Council has introduced new financial support measures

These new financial support measures take effect immediately and will assist the community, residents, businesses, staff and sporting clubs.

Australian Government support

Find a full listing of Australian Government support and information including business and employer information. 

Managing cash flow and retaining employees

The Australian Government Treasury has information on how to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees during this difficult time.

  • JobKeeper payment
  • Boosting cash flow for employers
  • Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
  • Increasing the instant asset write-off
  • Backing business investment
  • Supporting apprentices and trainees
  • Business Liaison Unit

State Government support

Upskill my business

The Victorian Government has launched Upskill My Business in partnership with key industry groups and education providers.The online programs, short courses and events cover topics ranging from business innovation and staff development to export preparation – important areas of development that can help shape the future of businesses and individuals.

Find out more

Coronavirus business support and financial assistance finder

A range of assistance is available from the Australian and Victorian governments and other organisations to support businesses impacted by COVID-19. The finder will ask you a series of questions to help you find the funding or support available to you based on your circumstances. Launch finder.

Business Victoria financial assistance and support

Business Victoria has a range of advice, updates and support to help with your workforce plan and response to COVID-19. 

Business Support Fund

The Victorian Government's Business Support Fund is designed to help small businesses survive the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and keep people in work. Applications are now open for eligible businesses to apply for grants up to $10,000.

The Business Support fund has now been expanded to include more sectors.

Find out if you are eligible to apply for the fund.

Owners of businesses that do not employ staff are ineligible for funding through this program, however can seek support through the Australian Government’s Job Seeker Payment Program

Advice for landlords and agents

If your tenant is having difficulty paying rent due to COVID-19, find out what help is available from the Victorian Small Business Commission

Creative industries support package

The Victorian Government has announced a $16.9 million Creative Industries Survival Package.

Other news and information

You can also keep up-to-date with information about the pandemic from:

NBN

NBN Co has announced it has established a relief and assistance package(PDF, 174KB) . To find out the latest updates, working from home tips and FAQs, visit the nbn project blog.

Physical distancing and transmission reduction

All businesses should follow advice from the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19):

Recovery Operations Centre established

The shire-wide Recovery Operations Centre (ROC) is a centralised service for residents and businesses to ask for support, request information, offer assistance or put forward recovery ideas and suggestions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Restrictions for business

Restrictions are in place but changing frequently. Visit Business Victoria for latest advice on how to operate under the current COVID-19 restrictions or you can also call their coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.

Small Business Australia

Small Business Survival Plan

Join Small Business Australia free and get a copy of the ‘5- step Small Business Survival Plan: How to stay in business and reach the other side’. You will also get access to their small business news, expert advice and grant opportunities via a monthly update. Join now.

Tourism support

The Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), an industry body for the tourism and events sector, are waiving membership fees for 'In the Loop' and 'Essentials' membership packages. They will also be providing additional services including training credit to courses provided by the Victorian Chamber.

Working for Victoria

If you are looking for work, or run a business and are looking for workers, find out how to register your interest in the Working for Victoria program.