Brimbank Business Update - Business Support and Assistance - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) No. 4

What's in this weeks eBulletin

  • Brimbank City Council Coronavirus Response and Recovery Strategy
  • Victorian Government: Business Support Fund
  • Australian Government: JobKeeper Payment
  • Tax Relief for Eligible Businesses
  • Australian Government: Continuing your Business
  • COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 
  • Business Support and Assistance (COVID-19)
  • Small Business Mentoring Service 
  • Helpful Links
  • Business Development Program
  • Good News Stories
  • Contact the Economic Development Team


Brimbank City Council - Coronavirus Response and Recovery Strategy 

Council’s Coronavirus Response and Recovery Strategy provides a whole-of-council approach to help combat the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across Brimbank and the broader community. The strategy seeks to complement and address where possible, gaps that may not be met by the current Federal and State support packages.

Key Stage 1 areas of focus for Council’s Strategy include a Health and Wellbeing ResponseCommunity Support Response (Financial Hardship and Resources)Economic Development ResponseEconomic Support Response, and a Communications, Engagement, and Advocacy Response.

For further information click here


Victorian Government - Business Support Fund

Business Support Fund applications are now open as part of the Victorian Government Economic Survival and Jobs Package. Through the fund, small businesses are eligible for $10,000 grants if they:

  • employ staff
  • are highly impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus) business restrictions
  • have a turnover of more than $75,000
  • have a payroll of less than $650,000

For more information, and to apply, click here


Australian Government - JobKeeper Payment

If your business has been impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus), you may be able to access a wage subsidy to continue paying your employees. Eligible employers will be able to claim $1,500 fortnightly per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum of 6 months.

For more information, click here


Tax Relief for Eligible Businesses

The State Revenue Office has several tax measures to help small businesses during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. These include waived payroll tax, waived liquor licence fees, and land tax deferral.

For more information, click here.


Australian Government: Continuing your Business

Learn about the positive steps you can take to keep your business operating and where to go for help including; creating or updating your business continuity plan, expert advice, and reviewing your finances.

For more information, click here.


Business Support and Assistance: COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Council’s Business Support and Assistance website page provides information, support and resources for businesses affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. Find out about: 

  • Council's Business Support
  • Victorian Government Business 
  • Victorian Government Economic Survival Package
  • Australian Government Business 
  • Australian Government Stimulus Package - Business 
  • Australian Government - JobKeeper Payment for Employers and Employees
  • AusIndustry Contact Centre 
  • Australian Taxation Officer (ATO)
  • Victorian Chamber of Commerce Industry (VCCI)
  • Working for Victoria Fund - Support for Displaced Workers
  • Small Business Mentoring Service (SMBS)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

For more information and contact details for the team, click here


Small Business Mentoring Service

The Small Business Mentoring Services (SBMS) offers low-cost mentoring sessions designed to provide support for businesses in these extreme times. Sessions are held with a mentor of your choice by Skype, Zoom or telephone.

For further information about the SBMS service, please contact or phone 9249 4000.


Helpful Links:


Business Development Program - Upcoming Webinars 

Brimbank Business Association: Developing a Mindset for success during COVID-19, Wednesday 15 April 2020, 10-11am

Introduction to Positive Psychology and using it to get through the COVID19 Crisis - register here


VCCI: COVID-19 Business Webinar, Wednesday 15 April 2020, 11am-12pm 

How to turn despair into opportunity - register here


ASBAS: Simple Steps to Build a Website, Wednesday 15 April 2020, 12-2pm 

This workshop will guide you through a digital strategy and details for creating a basic WordPress website - register here


Digital Treasury: How to quickly transition your retail store online, Thursday 16 April 2020, 10-11.30am 

Quick and easy steps to transition your business from retail to online - register here


ATO: Cash flow for small business success, Friday 17 April 2020, 9-10am 

Find out how to identify issues and use a range of tips to help maximise your cash flow. - register here 


ASBAS: SEO Foundations for Small Business, Tuesday 21 April 2020, 9.30-11.30am 

Search Engine Optimisation is a marketing method that increases your website’s visibility in search engine results - register here


ATO: Budgeting for Commitments, Friday 23 April 2020, 11am-12pm

Learn a straight-forward five-step process to stay on top of your regular financial commitments - register here


Small Business Victoria: Marketing your business - how to get it right, first time, Wednesday 29 April 2020, 6-8pm

How well do your potential and existing customers know what your business does? - register here


Webinars are subject to change with new topics being added regularly.  For more information click here.


Good News Stories

Are you doing something different in your business during the COVID-19 crisis? Let us know, we are looking for good news stories to share about business innovation and changes made to allow your business to continue running during the current crisis.

Email us at 


Need to speak to someone in the Economic Development team?

If you need assistance finding information, please contact the Economic Development team at or phone (03) 9249 4000

Translation and interpreting services are available here


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