Business Resources and Support

Overview

On this page you will find information and resources to help support business through the COVID-19 crisis. 

Stay up to date with the latest health information about COVID-19, how it applies to your business and steps you should be taking.

An update to COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria took effect at 11.59pm on Tuesday 12 May 2020. 

Plan for restaurants, cafes, and other hospitality businesses to resume dine-in services from 1 June

In line with advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced its plan to cautiously and carefully reopen Victoria's restaurants and cafes, helping to restore jobs and rebuild our economy. Please visit the DHHS website to access additional information to assist businesses with re opening requirements.

Under Restricted Activity Directions (No 8) issued by the Deputy Chief Health Officer, hospitality businesses must display a sign at each public entry of their business outlining the maximum number of people that may be present at a single time. To make this easier for businesses in Murrindindi Shire, we have put together a couple of templates that you can use. 

Updated COVID 19 Restrictions -  Travel 

If you are a tourism and/or accommodation business and are wanting to know more about the changes being introduced on 1 June 2020, you can visit the DHHS website:

If you are unable to find the information you need using the links provided, please call DHHS on 1300 650 172. For business enquiries you need to select option 2 and for construction and building enquiries you need to select option 5.

You can also contact Council's Business Support Hotline on on 5772 0333, or reach out to your local business and tourism association(PDF, 175KB) or other business colleagues. We're all here to support each other.

Council has launched an online business and services directory - Dindi Directory - to help support and connect business with their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're a business or service provider, all you need to do is click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to register your details on a form and we'll create your free listing.

Financial Support 

Businesses that are being impacted by coronavirus can access information about the financial support available to them through: 

  • The Business Victoria finder tool - help identify support or financial assistance specifically relating to your business during COVID-19. 
  • Business.gov.au - a dedicated COVID-19 business support page to help businesses find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for government support available to businesses. 
  • Treasury.gov.au has a number of helpful fact sheets explaining what business support is available including case study examples. 

On these websites you can find: 

  • an overview of government assistance initiatives and payments 
  • tax relief initiatives
  • commercial tenancy advice
  • State Government grants and programs

If your business is facing financial hardship and you would like to access additional help in meeting your financial obligations please see the below websites: 

For free, independent and confidential financial counselling advice: 

Businesses Advice & Support

There are a number of opportunities for businesses to access business advice to support them with managing the impacts of COVID-19, implementing changes, planning for the future and the sharing of experiences and ideas. 

Council encourage businesses to seek advice and support for their existing networks. This may include accountants, bookkeepers, business advisors and local business and tourism associations. 

Here are some resources to provide advice and support to your business:

Workplace Operations

There are a range of resources available to help support your business operations during COVID-19.

Work For Victoria (WfV) – Open for Private Sector

Information about how the Working for Victoria initiative is helping businesses to employ Victorian jobseekers in jobs that support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Working for Victoria Fund is designed to connect workers with new opportunities that will help our community and contribute to Victoria’s ability to respond to the pandemic.

Businesses can use Working for Victoria to access:

  • a labour pool for new jobs
  • recruitment services including jobs matching
  • assistance to create new roles that help Victoria respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)

This factsheet has information on how Businesses may sign up to and use WfV.

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Resources

 Victorian Chamber of Commerce Resources

Safe Work Australia and Worksafe Victoria Resources

 Fairwork Australia

 Industry peak bodies COVID-19 Information

Continuity and Planning

Business Continuity:

Business Planning:

Business Skills and Training 

There are a host of free webinars taking place each week designed to support businesses at this time. Each week we'll update the below list to highlight upcoming webinars that could be useful to your business.

Please register in advance for all webinars.


Marketing on social media during a crisis with Briana Cowan

Many of your customers will be on social media during this pandemic, seeking connection while social distancing. Ensure your accounts reflect up-to-date information on how your business is operating through the lockdown and provide content that is both useful and fun to keep customers engaged.  

Date: Wednesday 3 June

Time: 9.30am – 11.00am

 

COVID-19 Business Webinar with Lord Mayor Sally Capp

 

As more businesses are given the green light to reopen and more restrictions are eased, many businesses will still face ongoing challenges in the recovery. This workshop will cover how businesses can get up and running again, where the likely challenges will be in the recovery and the opportunities for Melbourne on the international stage off the back of our success managing the COVID-19 outbreak. Hosted by Victorian Chamber CEO Paul Guerra, members will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

 

Date: Wednesday 3 June

Time: 11.00am - 11.45am

 

Returning to the workforce

 

In this webinar aimed at employers wanting to plan the return to the workplace, Our Community's legal partner Moores examines the legal and practical issues involved, including who should return first, official advice, social distancing, risk assessment, staggered rosters, contracts and industrial matters. Practice leader Skye Rose and lawyer Mariah Khoury help you plan your road to recovery.

Date: Wednesday 3 June

Time: 12.00 noon  


 

Other weekly webinar series you may be interested in:

The Australian Taxation Office are running free 60 minute webinar outlining how the Government’s stimulus package can help your small business. 

Tourism Australia Coronavirus Webinar Series

Melbourne Innovation Centre is holding free online workshops to support businesses. There are 2 online workshops delivered each week and topics include:

  • Social Media Marketing 101 for Small Business
  • Sell Products on Social Media
  • Content That Keeps You Connected
  • Boost Business through Facebook Advertising
  • Simple Steps to Build a Website

Business Owners Meeting 

On 21 May, Murrindindi Shire Council held an online meeting for business owners to discuss opportunities to help businesses recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our online meeting attracted almost 200 registrations from business owners across our Shire. Business owners who participated from the safety of their own homes represented the accomodation, retail, agriculture, leisure and recreation services, professional services, real estate and construction industries.

During the workshop we discussed how businesses have been adapting to the the pandemic restrictions that have been put in place, the challenges that lie ahead and the opportunities for business owners to collaborate and work together as restrictions ease. 

If you missed the online meeting, you can view a recording of the meeting by clicking here and you can also download a copy of the presentation by clicking here(PDF, 14MB).

Dindi Directory and The Dindi Store

Click here to find out more.