COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Business Support
PAGE LAST UPDATED: Monday 20 July at 11:30am
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.
As of Friday 10 July the Victorian Government has announced a $534 million Business Support Package – the latest support measures on top of the $6 billion in economic relief already invested since the pandemic began. The latest measures include 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 expanded Business Support Fund will provide more than 80,000 eligible businesses with a new $5,000 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.
- The Victorian Chamber of Commerce provides a comprehensive list of resources and advice.
- Business Gov is the Federal Government information hub for business support. It contains information on government support including financial assistance, eligibility and timing for government support.
- Jobs Victoria have support for businesses facing retrenchment and workers facing retrenchment.
- To create a Business Continuity Plan or your business the Business Gov website provides a range of resource and information.
- The Victorian State Government has announced a business support fund.
- 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 fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months.
- 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.
- Contact the Victorian Small Business Commission if you are struggling to pay rent for your business.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
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 email@example.com to help with advice on implementing, good hygiene and safe food handling.
Visit the DHHS Preventing Infection webpage for further information.
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.
If you are experiencing increased worry and stress during this time, there are a number of support services available
- Stress savvy in business
- Lifeline can be called on 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue can be called via 1300 224 636
- The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has a My Business Help web portal. This portal now has an additional section for businesses struggling with COVID-19. Check out their finance and mental health information 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 3 August 2020.