The COVID-19 pandemic 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.
Important COVID-19 update for business
QR code requirements
All venues and businesses required to undertake electronic record keeping must use the Victorian Government QR Code Service.
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.
Victorian Government’s Business Costs Assistance programs now open
The Victorian Government has launched a new round of grants for eligible small to medium businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses impacted by the recent restrictions in Victoria.
The Business Costs Assistance program offers grants of up to $5,000 to eligible small and medium businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses. The grants will support businesses in eligible sectors directly impacted by restrictions.
The Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund offers grants of $3,500 for businesses with a premises in regional Victoria and $7,000 for businesses with a premises in metropolitan Melbourne. This Fund will be available to eligible liquor licensees operating a restaurant, hotel, café, pub, bar, club, or reception centre that is registered to serve food and alcohol.
Closing at 11:59pm on Thursday 24 June 2021.
Further details can be found on the website.
Latrobe City has worked with Grant Guru to provide a portal for available business support resulting from COVID-19.
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
The Business Development team is here to assist with resources and information to help business recovery and opportunities for business growth.
Call the Latrobe City Council Business Development team 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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