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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Business Support

PAGE LAST UPDATED: Tuesday 11 August at 11:30am

Mitchell Shire businesses are subject to Stage 3 restrictions.

The outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is causing economic disruption in many sectors across Mitchell Shire. We recognise the affect that the current COVID-19 situation is having on businesses and we are committed to supporting our business community in any way we can.

Below is some useful information for businesses, including the different forms of support, tools and resources available during this time. As the situation and advice continues to change, we ask all businesses to continue to monitor State and Federal Government announcements.

Please continue to follow the health advice from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Business resources
  • The Victorian Government has created a Business Support Package . This includes cash grants for struggling businesses, mental health support for business owners, relief for tourism operators who can no longer welcome Melbourne-based visitors for holidays, and tailored and targeted advice for businesses to adapt, stay afloat and then bounce back on the other side. The Business Support Fund was recently expanded to provide eligible businesses within Mitchell Shire a new $10,000 grant to support them through the renewed restrictions. To read more and check your eligibility visit Victorian Government Business Support.

  • Business Victoria is a great resource for up-to-date information and updates on the current restrictions. It is also providing a range of advice and information for business owners on things like economic stimulus, business continuity, and recovery. Business Victoria also has a hotline to help businesses with COVID-19 questions. You can call them on 13 22 15.
Financial support
  • The Victorian State Government has announced a business support fund. Note this support package has expanded to include an additional $10,000 available to Mitchell Shire businesses.
  • The Federal Government is offering support for businesses affected by the current COVID-19 situation, including a economic stimulus package . For more information, please go the the Federal Treasury's Support for Businesses page.
  • JobKeeper Subsidy: affected employers will be able to claim a set fortnightly payment per eligible employee until 28 March 2021.
  • Small Business Tax Cuts - Small and family businesses will now be paying less tax as a result of legislated tax cuts. Incorporated small and family businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million will see their company tax rate reduced from 27.5% to 26% and unincorporated businesses will also benefit as the rate of the small business income tax offset increases from 8% to 13%.
  • The Australian Tax Office is providing several financial relief options for businesses including tax relief and payment deferrals. The ATO are also offering online webinars, see the ATO's webinars here.
  • The Australian Banking Association is urging small businesses financially impacted to contact their bank to access assistance on offer which can include deferred loan payments, waiving of fees and restricting loans.
FREE Business Advice Service

Mitchell Shire Council has worked to create a FREE Business Advice Service to support small and medium size enterprise (SME) businesses in Mitchell Shire to respond during the remainder of the crisis and to recover thereafter.

The Business Advice Service sessions are private and confidential and held with a specialist in the following areas of expertise:

Accountancy and Tax (e.g. in particular in relation to accessing government support administered through the ATO and other accounting matters arising as a result of COVID-19)

Business Strategy (e.g. pivoting your business to better respond to and recover from COVID-19)

Human Relations (e.g. employee rights, remuneration, legal entitlements and obligations)

For more information and to register your interest, visit our Business Advice Service web page or contact Mitchell Shire Council's Economic Development team on 03 5734 6200 or email ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

Tourism support
  • The State Government has announced the Regional Tourism Accommodation Support Program. This program supports eligible accommodation providers, via grant payment to cover cancelled bookings made by residents who are subject to stay at home restrictions and are unable to travel due to coronavirus restrictions. The program funds up to $225 per booking, per night to a maximum of $1125 (ex GST).
  • Visit Victoria and the Victorian State Government are pleased to provide free listing for all tourism business in Victoria on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW). The function of the ATDW is to support tourism businesses and events with their digital marketing, by connecting them with the audiences of multiple tourism channels, through a single self-managed listing. Additionally, all existing ATDW subscribers will have their current listing extended by 12 months free of charge.
  • The Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) is the peak industry body for the tourism and events sector. They 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.
Public Health Regulations

The list of premises and activities that are required to stop operations are on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Council’s Environmental Health Team is available to make site visits or be contacted by phone 03 5734 6200 or via mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au to help with advice on implementing, good hygiene and safe food handling.

Visit the DHHS Preventing Infection webpage for further information.

Rates and hardship support

We are aware that the ability for some businesses and people to pay rates has been significantly diminished because of the impacts of COVID-19. For ratepayers facing financial difficulties, assistance may be available under Council’s Financial Hardship policy.

To find out more on hardship options including to request an extension please visit our rates hardship page or call us on 03 5734 6200 during business hours.

Managing stress

If you are experiencing increased worry and stress during this time, there are a number of support services available

Opportunities for business

Local businesses and tradespeople are being encouraged to register for possible contract roles across the Puckapunyal Military Area.

The government is seeking manufacturers to help supply protective wear, medical supplies and more. View Tender opportunities and supply applications below.

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This page was last updated on 12 August 2020.