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Business Support and Grants

The COVID-19 presents a significant threat not only to human health but also to business.  The economic challenge is enormous.

More than ever, it is vital that we shop and support local wherever possible. 

For many businesses, likely decisions by the Federal and State Governments in response to the public health risk may have unexpected impacts.

State and Federal Government assistance is available for Latrobe City businesses.

For further information visit www.business.gov.au  or www.business.vic.gov.au

Business Resources

The following resources have been released to assist businesses:

Businesses across Victoria can now access information on dealing with COVID-19 by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Operators calling the hotline will be able to get information about support services, including those available through Business Victoria, which offers mentoring to help operators develop business continuity and recovery plans.

Coronavirus information and support for business - Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses.

Australian Government Business information

The Treasury

The Australian Government is supporting Australian businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees. Assistance includes cash flow support to businesses and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce has released information for business during a crisis

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry launched a new initiative to help Victorian business survive under tough business conditions exacerbated by the bushfire and coronavirus crises.

The initiative, offered for the first time, will waive membership fees for one year for all Victorian businesses up to a value of $700. Existing members will receive an additional $500 credit.

A series of regular webinars that will provide members with the information they need to continue operating through the COVID-19 crisis will be available

Australian Taxation Office

The government has enacted legislation to support its economic response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to help the economy withstand and recover from the economic impact of coronavirus.

CPA Australia

The CPA has released the following resources to help businesses through the impact of COVID-19:

Other Resources

ACCC 
Information for consumers

VGBO
Victorian Government Business Office (VGBO) staffed with Business Development Managers (BDMs) who are specialists in business and industry, can support you and help you navigate any relevant government services, programs and regulations.

SBMS
Small Business Mentoring Service offers low-cost sessions with a diverse range of mentors that can help you to navigate difficult business decisions, prepare business continuity plans, review your business strategy or revise your business plans.

Small Business Bus
Small Business Bus offering a free 45-minute session over the phone with an experienced business adviser Victorian Small

Business Commission
Responding to difficulty paying rent

Fair work Australia
Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws

Worksafe Victoria
Preparing pandemic guide for employers

Australian Banking Association
Australian Banking Association

Austrade
Advice for export businesses

Export Finance Australia 
Export Finance Australia

Work My Own Way
Support for businesses

Startup Gippsland
Program information

Gippsland Business Connect 
Connecting local businesses - Create a free account

For up to date and factual information regarding the Coronavirus go to the Department of Health website.

Department of Health COVID-19 information