On this page you will find useful 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.
If you are unable to find the information you need online, please contact DHHS on 1300 650 172. For business enquiries select option 2. For construction and building enquiries select option 5.
You can also contact Council's Business Support Hotline on (03) 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.
Businesses that are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can access information about the financial support available to them through the following links:
- Business Support Fund - Expansion. The Victorian Government has released its Business Support Fund - Expansion grants of $5,000 to eligible Regional Victorian businesses. Please note this is a new fund, separate to the Business Support Fund launched in March. All Murrindindi Shire businesses eligible for the fund will need to apply.
- Accommodation providers in regional Victoria impacted by cancellations due to changes in COVID-19 restrictions can apply for financial support of up to $225 per booking per night through the new Tourism Accommodation Support Program. To learn more about this program please click here
- The Business Victoria finder tool that helps to identify support or financial assistance specifically relating to your business during COVID-19
- Business.gov.au has 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
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:
There are a number of opportunities for businesses to access support in managing the impacts of COVID-19, implementing changes, planning for the future and sharing of experiences and ideas.
Council encourages businesses to seek advice and support for their existing networks. This may include accountants, bookkeepers, business advisors and local business and tourism associations.
The national JobKeeper and JobSeeker Programs have been extended. Find out more information for employers and employees and sole traders and other entities. Here are some resources to provide advice and support to your business:
- JobKeeper Reporting – there are specific JobKeeper reporting requirements and timeframes. These guides should help to assist you:
There are a range of resources available to help support your business operations during COVID-19.
Helpful COVID-19 Guidelines:
Personal protective equipment (PPE):
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Resources
Safe Work Australia and Worksafe Victoria Resources
Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection
Industry peak bodies COVID-19 Information
Victorian Chamber of Commerce Resources
Business Tips and Tricks to help with stress
- Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman - My Business Health is a guide that can assist you in keeping your health and business on track.
- Mental health in business - Recognise the signs of stress and know what to do about it.
- Heads Up is a Beyond Blue program offering resources to help you look after your mental health and assist others in the workplace with managing stress. Are you a small business? Check out the advice specifically for small business owners.
Here are some webinars about mental health during COVID-19 that you may also find helpful:
There are also business advisory services available to provide business advice and support:
Don't forget, you can also contact Council's Business Support Hotline on (03) 5772 0333, or reach out to your local business and tourism association or other business colleagues. We're all here to support each other.
You can also find a comprehensive list of mental health options on Council's Mental Health Support web page.
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.
Melbourne Innovation Centre
Webinar: Mastering Zoom
We are all learning to do business in new and different ways. This workshop is the perfect way to master the art of the zoom!
Here is a quick taste of some of the topics we’ll discuss:
- Syncing Zoom to your calendar
- Understanding the interface
- How to record a Zoom meeting
- Ensuring your meetings are private
Date: Friday 7 August 2020
Time 9.30am - 11.30am
Webinar: Employer Guidance during COVD-19
Workplace laws have been temporarily changed to help businesses better manage flexibility in the workplace during this pandemic. This E-learning Virtual session takes you through a number of temporary industrial instrument changes and provides you with some practical tips to help you manage your workforce effectively during this challenging time.
Date: Thursday 13 August 2020
Time 10.00 - 11.30 am
Date: Tuesday 25 August 2020
Time 10.00 - 11.30 am
Webinar: How to run great virtual events
Running virtual events can be challenging, however with a little preparation, tips, and knowing what to expect, you can rock your next virtual event. Presented by Jenna Schaffer.
Date: Tuesday 25 August 2020
Time 1.00 pm
Other weekly webinar series you may be interested in:
- The ACCC provides 13 online modules focused on what you need to know if you are advertising, selling and purchasing goods and services
- The Fairwork Ombudsman provides courses for employers through the online learning centre on a range of topics including - hiring employees, managing performance and difficult conversations in the workplace.
Tourism Australia Coronavirus Webinar Series
Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) Insight 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 Victoria offers practical help with free online courses, live and on-demand events and a range of business resources to help you prepare for a strong recovery through Business Victoria. Click here to find out more.
On 10 August, Council held an online Business Forum to share updates from State, Federal and Local Government and to present and discuss the Draft Murrindindi Shire COVID-19 Business Recovery Plan.
The workshop attracted almost 100 registrations from business owners across our Shire. Business owners who participated from the safety of their own homes represented the accommodation, retail, agriculture, leisure and recreation services, professional services, real estate and construction industries.
During the Forum we shared what support was available to businesses at this time from all levels of government and provided an overview of the strategic response actions outlined in the Recovery Plan. We then undertook a workshop session on some of the key strategies to gain further insight from businesses on how best to support the various industry sectors across Murrindindi Shire through and beyond the Pandemic.
If you missed the online meeting, you can view a recording of the meeting below and also download a copy of the results from the interactive workshop session here(PDF, 3MB).
If you would like to view or provide feedback on the Draft Business Recovery Plan you can do so here.
Council has engaged Urban Enterprise to help us develop a COVID-19 Business Recovery Plan for Murrindindi Shire. The Plan has been developed with support from Council's Business Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from Local Business and Tourism Associations across the Shire, as well as independent business representatives. Input gathered from Council's Business Owners Workshop on 21 May has also been used in the development of the Plan.
The Plan outlines the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy and includes a three phase approach to support businesses during the pandemic, through the recovery and into the future.
We are now seeking business feedback on the Plan to ensure it's actions will effectively support businesses and their recovery. Click here(PDF, 1MB) to download the draft Plan and if you wish to provide feedback, please complete the form below. Feedback closes on Sunday 16 August.
Click here to view form.
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