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.
It is now mandatory for every Victorian business that is open to have a COVIDSafe Plan.
The COVIDSafe Plan has been developed to support businesses to safely reopen, maintain a COVIDSafe workplace, and prepare for a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace.
Information and resources to help businesses prepare a COVIDSafe Plan are available at vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
Business Resilience Grants Open for Local Businesses
Sole Trader Support Fund
The Sole Trader Support Fund provides grants of $3,000 to eligible non-employing sole traders who are impacted by the restrictions.
Details on eligibility and applications are available at Business Victoria Sole Trader Support Fund.
Third Round of the Business Support Fund
The third round of the Business Support Fund will provide grants of up to $20,000 to eligible businesses, ensuring they continue to receive the support they need to make it through restricted trading.
For more information on eligibility and applications visit Business Victoria Business Support Fund.
Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund
The Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund program will provide grants of up to $30,000 for eligible liquor licensees with hospitality venues impacted by the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Eligible licensees will be invited to apply through their Liquor Portal accounts.
For more information on eligibility and the application process, including Liquor Portal accounts, visit Business Victoria Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund.
Latrobe City has worked with Grant Guru to provide a portal for available business support resulting from COVID-19.
From 28 September 2020, eligibility for the JobKeeper Payment will be based on actual turnover in the relevant periods, the payment will be stepped down and paid at two rates.
Information about the JobKeeper Extension is available on the ATO website
Free Online Infection Control Training
Funded by the Victorian Government and delivered by TAFE Gippsland, these free short courses will support workers to respond to infection risks and help ensure workplaces are safe from the spread of COVID-19.
Infection Control Training Course Streams:
- Food Handling
- Transport and Logistics
More information about Infection Control Training can be found at TAFE Gippsland Infection Control Training
Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring Program
In partnership with the State Government, VCCI has announced a new program to support small business owners, including sole traders during this important time of need.
The program offers tailored guidance on:
- Business recovery – to strengthen business recovery (cost reduction, debt and cashflow management)
- Market transformation – to understand how COVID-19 has triggered or accelerated market changes
- Digital literacy and engagement – to help businesses reach new customers and markets
- Market and supply chain diversification – to reduce exposure to supply chain risks
- Reskilling and retraining – to help businesses upskill their existing workforce.
This is a free service to help you make informed decisions about how to navigate the impacts of COVID-19.
More information can be found at Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring Program
Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund
The Victorian Government introduced the Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund to support small, private landlords who may not have the capacity to provide rent reductions to their tenants under the requirements of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (CTRS).
Grants of up to $3,000 per tenancy are available to eligible small, private, individual and joint-owner landlords, who are facing financial hardship after reducing rent for their tenants under the CTRS requirements.
Applications will be open until mid-late October 2020, or until funds are exhausted.
More information can be found at Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund
Business Development Helpdesk
The Business Development team are here to assist businesses impacted by the restricted activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Call the Latrobe City Council Business support Helpdesk via our contact centre on 1300 367 700 to find out what support is available.
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.
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