COVID-19 Business - Knowledge Hub & Tips
This COVID-19 Business Knowledge Hub was created to help keep business owners up to date with information in the fast-changing environment of the COVID-19 disruption.
At 11:59pm 17 February Victoria returned to COVIDSafe Summer with revised conditions.
You can read the Premier's statement, and download a full list of all restrictions at the Premier's website.
Stay in touch with the latest COVID-19 information at the DHHS website.
For updates on Council Services visit our webpage.
If you would like to talk to a Council officer about your specific business needs either call directly on 9747 7200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information provides general advice only. Please seek further information directly in relation to your specific circumstances.
What to do if you have any cold or flu symptoms:
- Isolate at home until you can get tested
- Continue to isolate at home until you get your results.
For more information about COVID-19 visit: dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 (24 hours).
Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
State & Federal Government Support
Australian Government Updates
Visit the Australian Government Business website for updates from the Australian Government for business support.
Victorian Government Updates
Visit the Business Victoria website for updates from the Victorian Government for business support.
Commercial Tenancies Relief Scheme
The Victorian Government has announced a commercial tenancy relief scheme to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of COVID-19. The scheme provides the following support:
- A moratorium on commercial tenancy evictions until 28 March 2021.
- Freeze on rent increases during the moratorium for commercial tenants
- A rental payment waiver or deferral proportionate to commercial tenants' income reduction due to COVID-19, to be negotiated between tenant and landlord.
- A mediation service for commercial tenants and landlords to support fair tenancy negotiations.
The Victorian government will also provide land tax relief to commercial landlords that provide rent relief to their tenants.
Visit the Victorian Small Business Commission for more Information.
Council Rates & Business Permit Fees
We understand that some people in our community are facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and this is something Council has taken into account in considering rates payments.
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can apply for a weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment plan to help spread the payment of your rates.
If you currently have a payment plan with us but now need to make changes, you can apply for a new payment arrangement.
Please visit melton.vic.gov.au/raterelief or contact the Rates team via email email@example.com or 9747 7200.
Registration Renewal Fees Waived for 2020/21
To acknowledge the significant disruption and to help businesses to manage cash flow during the recovery phase, the following registration renewal fees will be waived for the 2020/21 financial year. (Note: businesses will still need to go through the relevant registration/application processes, however no fees will be applied)
- Food Act Renewals - 3 categories ranging from $341 - $780 per businesses
- Street Trader Permits - $531 per permit
- A-Frame Permits - $103 per A-Frame
- Outdoor Trading Permits - $103 per business
- Health Act Permits - $190 per business
Venture Melton Business Network – Free Membership
Venture Melton Business Network - FREE Membership until July 2021
Melton City Council is currently offering FREE Venture Melton Business Network (VMBN) membership until 30 June 2021. The current member offerings include:
- VIP Membership with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce (VCCI): 50% discount on the 'COMPLETE' package - a saving of $600
- Business Mentoring: free one-on-one mentoring
- Venture Melton Business Network Portal: access online webinars, mentoring and business support
- more to be announced..
Sign-up for a: FREE VMBN membership offer.
Buy Local Campaign
Local Business Directory
Everyone loves a special offer and with nearly 10,000 users connected to the Melton City Much More App now is the time to promote your business!
Council’s Buy Local Campaign is ready to help you promote your business. The App showcases the great things to see and do across the City of Melton and encourages users to explore their area and more importantly “spend locally”.
Venture Melton Business Network members are invited to submit their community facing special offers which will be promoted at no cost to your business. There are limited spots available each month and the best offers will also be showcased through a push notification program and promoted on the Melton City Much More Facebook page.
If your business is not yet a member, it is currently free to join the Venture Melton Business Network.
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI) have set up an information hub for businesses to help connect them to the available support.
The VCCI are also currently offering VIP Membership with a 50% discount on the 'COMPLETE' Package - a saving of $600.
This will get you access to business development resources, mentoring and two free calls to workplace relations advice line.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to access the 'Complete' Package discount offer.
Small Business Mentoring Service
The Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) offers business support, advice and information to help your business deal with coronavirus (COVID-19). Venture Melton Business Network Members can access free mentoring.
Are here to help you understand your rights and responsibilities at work during the coronavirus outbreak.
Victorian Small Business Commission
A mediation service and helping business deal with rent in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
This page offers advice and guidance to consumers on their rights in relation to cancellations caused by COVID-19 restrictions.
CPA Australia has provided a range of resources to support businesses through Covid-19.
Australian Banking Association
Supporting Australians through this difficult time is critical, that’s why banks have introduced major changes to help customers.
Australian Industry Group
The recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents a significant challenge for health authorities and the community. To assist you to address the issues and to keep you informed, The Australian Industry Group have developed and distributed advice and information.
6 Principles of a COVIDsafe Workplace
- Ensure physical distancing
- Wear a face mask
- Practice good hygiene
- Keep records and act quickly
- Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces
- Create workforce bubbles
Looking after yourself & each other
Anyone who has run a small business knows that there are also a range of stressors or challenges too. That’s why it’s important to be proactive about looking after your mental health. Taking care of yourself can help you to face the inevitable stressors and keep well while running your business.
Beyond Blue has put together some strategies to help you look after your mental health as a small business owner. Heads Up is a great initiative by Beyond Blue that has resources for healthy workplaces.
Melton City Much More
The Melton City Much More App has been opened up to include a wider range of businesses that supply food and services to residents and visitors.
In order to ensure that we are promoting your business with the most up to date and correct information, please complete the online form and consider adding a special offer to the app.