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.
Getting to Back to Business
Latrobe City has worked with Grant Guru to provide a portal for available business support resulting from COVID-19.
JobKeeper Enrolment Now Open
Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses significantly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. This assistance will help businesses to keep people in their jobs and re-start when the crisis is over. For employees, this means they can keep their job and earn an income – even if their hours have been cut.
Employers must elect to participate in the scheme. They will need to make an application to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and provide supporting information demonstrating a downturn in their business.
You can find more information in this guide for employers and sole traders or enrol by following the link below which gives step by step instructions on how to proceed.
Register for JobKeeper Payment
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.
Coronavirus information and support for business - Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses.