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.
Please ensure that you have reviewed the current COVIDSafe Settings.
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.
COVID-19 Business Concierge and Hospitality Support Program
The Victorian State Government recently established the COVID-19 Business Concierge and Hospitality Support Program. To support COVIDSafe practice awareness within the business and wider communities to comply with the Chief Health Officer’s COVID-19 directions.
As part of the program, support officers from Melton City Council are available to support your business with:
- One on one guidance and support based on the Chief Health Officer’s COVID-19 directions
- Establishing and reviewing your COVIDSafe Plan
- Service Victoria QR Code Check in support
- Signs, Posters and Templates, including Multilingual business posters
A COVIDSafe Plan will not only prepare your business for a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the workplace, it will help protect your staff, customers, visitors, and the community.
Find out more about COVIDSafe Plans and how to develop one for your workplace by visiting the coronavirus website.
Review of your COVIDSafe Plan
The Victorian Government is offering a free support service for small to medium sized businesses to ensure your COVIDSafe Plan is up to date and reflects current COVIDSafe Settings.
If you have any questions relating to the COVIDSafe Plan support service, please email: email@example.com.
If you would like a COVIDSafe Support Officer to visit your business, please email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9747 5230.
Staying Safe and Staying Open
Keep yourself, customers and staff safe and keep your business open by following these simple steps:
Stay home if unwell
If you or your staff have any cold or flu symptoms:
- Stay home, get tested
- Stay at home until you get your results
Practice physical distancing, where possible
- wear a fitted mask
- avoid interactions in enclosed spaces
Practice good hygiene
- wash your hands regularly
- cleaning used surfaces frequently
Create workforce bubbles (where possible)
- roster staff in groups and minimise cross over
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State & Federal Government Support
Support for Victorian Businesses
Make sure you’re getting the most from the various streams of government support and funding by checking in at:
Business Victoria’s grants and programs page
Business grants and programs finder
For more information please visit the Business Victoria website.
Australian Government Updates
Visit the Australian Government Business website for updates from the Australian Government for business support.
Commercial Tenancies Relief Scheme
The Victorian Government have introduced new legislation to provide rent relief to commercial tenants that have experienced a loss in turnover of more than 30 per cent during the pandemic.
Eligible businesses will benefit from rent relief through the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.
Rent relief for eligible tenants will be calculated by comparing their turnover for the final quarter of the 2020/21 financial year with turnover from the final quarter of 2018/19. The percentage drop will determine the amount of initial rent relief. Special arrangements will be in place to assess the turnover impacts for new businesses which were not operating in 2019.
Tenants and landlords can contact the Victorian Small Business Commission for further information on Ph: 13 87 22 or visit the Victorian Small Business Commission website.
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 the COVID-19 rates hardship support page or contact the Rates team via email: email@example.com or 9747 7200.
Venture Melton Business Network – Free Membership
Venture Melton Business Network - FREE Membership until July 2022
Melton City Council is currently offering FREE Venture Melton Business Network (VMBN) membership until 30 June 2022. The current member offerings include:
- Subsidised consultations with our business experts.
- Venture Melton Business Network Portal: access online webinars, directory and business support.
- more to be announced.
Sign-up for a: FREE VMBN membership offer.
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 a subsidised session from our business experts.
Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website to help you understand your rights and responsibilities at work during the coronavirus outbreak.
Victorian Small Business Commission
Visit the Victorian Small Business Commission website for support, advice and information to help small businesses through the coronavirus pandemic and into recovery.
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.
COVIDsafe Workplace Guide
- Create and review COVIDSafe Plans
- Prepare for a COVID-19 case in the workplace
- Check vaccination requirements
- Keep electronic records
- Wear a face mask
- Improve ventilation
- Practice good hygiene
- Practice physical distancing
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.
Providing a mentally healthy workplace
To support Victorian small businesses, Business Victoria has launched Headway – the free wellbeing initiative.
Through Headway, sole traders and small business owners, their employees and advisers can access business advice, financial counselling and mental health support free of charge through a range of programs and resources.
For further information and free advice visit: Business Victoria website.
These and other resources are available at the Business Victoria Wellbeing Hub - Link: Workplace wellbeing | Business Victoria.
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.
If your business listing requires updating, please contact email@example.com.