COVID19 Response - Resources for Businesses

1. Overview

Moyne Shire Council is working to support Moyne businesses during COVID -19 and into recovery. Our Recovery approach aims to protect, support and rebuild business capacity that will strengthen and foster innovation,streamline processes to access all level of government, emergency funding and adapt and collaborate to grow and support a strong local economy.

2. Latest Updates

Third Step Roadmap Restrictions

Regional Victoria has entered Step 3 of the Victorian Government's Roadmap starting midnight Wednesday 16th September 2020. For a summary of the state government Steps toward COVID Normal, please visit - https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-roadmaps. To stay updated on Council services visit - http://www.moyne.vic.gov.au/Emergencies/Coronavirus-COVID-19

Businesses operating under the current restriction levels must ensure they are creating a COVIDSafe workplace using the following principles.

  • Ensure physical distancing of 1.5 metres.

  • Wear a face covering or mask.

  • Practice good hygiene – wash hands regularly, and cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.

  • Keep good records and act quickly if staff become unwell.

  • Avoid interactions in close spaces.

  • Create workforce bubbles.

Employers must notify WorkSafe of COVID -19 Cases

Under the new regulations, employers are now required to notify WorkSafe immediately when they become aware a worker has received a confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosis. Failing to notify WorkSafe under section 38 of the OHS Act can lead to fines of up to $39,652 (240 penalty units) for an individual or $198,264 (1200 penalty units) for a body corporate. To notify WorkSafe of a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosis, employers or self-employed persons should call the WorkSafe advisory service on 13 23 60 or complete the Covid – 19 reporting form  on the WorkSafe website.
For more information on the latest updates on COVID response and support for business, please visit the Council website.

Business Adaptation Service

Registrations are now open for the Business Adaptation Service (BAS), a FREE program ready to deliver expert advice to support, adapt and innovate local businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19. 

Local businesses are encouraged to apply for support. Through the program, they will be provided with support services, find out how to access grants and receive customised mentoring up to the value of $1000.

Facilitated by professional business consultants with extensive and varied experience, the BAS service will focus around nine core areas - Financial Advice, Business Planning, Designing and Creating Websites, Marketing, Digital Business Strategies, Business Collaboration, COVID-19 Safe Plans, Succession Planning and Information Technology.

Eligible businesses can nominate to receive up to three of these core services and will then be provided with the complimentary advice.

This completely confidential service will be conveniently delivered in remote format by either phone or video. Participants will be provided with a summary of key discussion points covered in their sessions for use as a reference resource.

Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to submit an application for the program, with eligibility requirements and information listed on the Moyne Shire website at: http://www.moyne.vic.gov.au/Our-Services/Economic-Development/Business-Adaptation-Service

Applications for the program close at 5pm on Friday 25 September 2020.

For any queries regarding the program, please contact Council’s Economic Development Officer, Paul Andriessen on 1300 656 564.

This program is proudly funded by Moyne Shire Council and Regional Development Victoria.

3. Federal Government Support

Small Business Tax Cuts

From July 1 2020, small and family businesses will be paying less tax as a result of legislated tax cuts. Incorporated small and family businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million will see their company tax rate reduced from 27.5% to 26% and unincorporated businesses will also benefit as the rate of the small business income tax offset increases from 8% to 13%. Read more here.

JobKeeper Payment Extension

On 21 July the Government announced it is extending the JobKeeper Payment until 28 March 2021 and is targeting support to those businesses and not-for-profits who continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus. Read more here.

Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit

This specialist unit has been set up within the Commonwealth’s Treasury Department to engage with peak business and industry groups on systemic issues and provide regular updates to government on crucial issues. 

If you need to pass on information to this unit, it is important to be in contact with your relevant industry peak body who will then be able to directly provide feedback to the liaison unit. To contact the Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit, email CoronavirusBusinessLiaison@treasury.gov.au.

For more Federal government initiatives and assitance to businesses, please visit the Depatment of Treasury website.

4. State Government Support

Outdoor Dining Options for Hospitality Businesses

The Victorian Government’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package will provide $87.5 million to councils and businesses outside of Melbourne’s CBD to make outdoor dining safe, practical and a reality this summer. Grants of up to $5,000 will be available to help hospitality businesses pay for the practical things that will make this plan work – umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and other equipment. For more detail, please read the Premier's announcment here

Business Support Fund - Expansion

The Victorian Government has announced a third round of the Business Support Fund to provide direct financial support to businesses impacted by restrictions in Victoria. The amount of grants available from this program range from $10,000 to $20,000 depending on the business’s annual payroll.A full list of the eligibility criteria for a grant will be published when applications open. Grant applications will open on Friday 18 September 2020. For more information and to apply please visit the Business Victoria website.

Regional Tourism Accomodation Support Program

The Victorian Government is backing regional accommodation businesses affected by the lockdown on some metropolitan suburbs with a fund to assist operators who will lose income due to cancelled bookings. Accommodation providers across regional Victoria with an Australian Business Number (ABN) will be able to make a claim for a payment of up to $225 per night up to a maximum of $1125 per bookable accommodation offering for the period of the Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restriction period, provided they have refunded in full the booking to a person/s who can no longer travel as a result of restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, or from state border restrictions. Applications open until the end of the current lockdown or when funds are exhausted. For more information and to submit an online application, please visit the Business Victoria website.

Upskill My Business-A Victorian Government Initiative

The Victorian Government has partnered with key industry groups and top education providers to present virtual professional-learning opportunities to small business owners impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Upskill My Business gives small business owners and their teams access to free online training from leading learning institutions. Get practical help with free online courses, live and on-demand events and a range of business resources to help you prepare for a strong recovery. 

Prepare your business for a strong recovery with the range of free online programs, short courses and events  available at https://upskill.business.vic.gov.au/  or through the Business Victoria hotline (13 22 15).

5. Regional Support Opportunities

Rural Financial Counselling Service

The Rural Financial Counselling Service is an independent service operating in Western Victoria offering FREE and confidential financial counselling and assistance to small businesses experiencing challenges as a result of lower income or increasing costs.

  • RFC can provide support and information in the following areas: 
  • Help prepare budgets and cash flows. Assist with loan or refinance applications. 
  • Provide support and negotiate with suppliers and financial institutions. 
  • Assist with benchmarking your business' financial performance. 
  • One on one ongoing support.
  • Help you look at business opportunities.
  • Assist you to meet any application requirements.

For regional business impacted by the Covid-19 that need help in accessing Government support, please phone: 1300 735 578 or Visit www.wswrcs.com.au  to make your appointment.

Free Business Register, sign up now

Great South Coast Localised is free for local businesses and will help you

  • Advertise your goods and services to the local business community 
  • Use the notice board to advise of changes to business hours and online service options
  • Engage with other businesses to get local quotes 
  • Discover networking and professional development events across our region

To register and promote your business click here.

If you need help with setting up your business profile up or adding content to the site, please give us a call on 0355680573.

Tourism Update for the Great Ocean Road Region

Latest news on what’s happening locally for the Great South Coast Region can be found here https://www.greatoceanroadtourism.org.au/coronavirus/

Information for Dairy Farmers

The Australian Dairy Farmers have developed a webpage to provide a comprehensive directory of all updates and relevant technical advice that will help farmers navigate the uncertainty around dairy business operations and the net impact on the industry. Visit the webpage here.

 

6. Sign up to the our monthly Newsletter

For regular update on the latest business support initiatives news,events and more, sign update today at http://www.moyne.vic.gov.au/Our-Services/Economic-Development/Business-and-Economic-Development-Newsletter#newsletter