• COVID Lockdown Lifted with Restrictions 
  • COVID Business Support Officers
  • Mandatory Use of the Victorian Government QR Code Service 
  • Last Chance for Tickets!
  • Digital Jobs Program 
  • Have Your Say 
  • Legal Requirement for Online Trading Webinar
  • Small Business Bus - St Albans
  • Business Development

From today, the Victorian Government will permit businesses to reopen for trade under the following conditions: 

  • Face masks must be carried at all times, and must be worn indoors  and outdoors except if an exemption applies.
  • Retail: Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Check-in required. Venues smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people per venue before density quotient applies.
  • Hairdressing, Beauty and Personal care: Can remove mask for services. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. QR code check-ins are required. Venues can have up to 25 patrons before the density quotient applies.
  • Food and drink facilities: Open for seated service only with a maximum patron cap of 100 per venue. Group limit of 10. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. A venue smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people per venue before the density quotient applies. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in. 
  • Food courts: Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. QR codes must be displayed at every table. COVIDSafe Marshals in each food court.
  • Gyms can operate with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm, with a COVID Check-in Marshall to ensure attendee check-in. Group limit of 10 people. 
  • Up to 25% of staff can return to office workplaces, subject to density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm.
The restrictions that apply to your business can be viewed here.

To help you stay COVID safe, and avoid fines Council is about to deploy a team of COVID Business Support Officers to engage with businesses and provide information and support within Brimbank’s shopping strips and commercial precincts.

The new officers are keen to show you how to operate your business in a COVID Safe way and avoid a potential State Government fine of $1,652.

While on-site, they can also explain some free business support available to help you through difficult trading conditions.

Council received a grant from the State Government’s Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, which has enabled the engagement of the Covid Business Support officers. The grant must be spent by the end of November 2021.

For assistance with your COVIDSafe plan or to connect to free expert business advice, email ecodev@brimbank.vic.gov.au.  

The Victorian Government is increasing its COVID compliance within Brimbank. Victorian Government Authorised Officers can issue on-the-spot $1,652 fines to businesses found not using the Victorian Government approved QR Code check-in system.

Ensure the QR code in your business can be seen, accessed and all entering your premises use it to check in.

Use this step-by-step guide on how to use the free Victorian Government QR Code Check-in System here.

You can register your business for free right now here.

Get your free QR Code

Looking for new ways to promote your business? 

Join us online for the Brimbank Localised Business Meet-up.
Thursday 29 July, 9.30am until 10.30am 

The Brimbank Localised Business Meetup is a great way to network and connect with other local businesses and introduce yourself!

Hear from Les Watson from Get More Time. Because of his passion and expertise in time management, Les has earned the nickname “Time Lord”. He's going to help you get back an hour every day with his top time management tips. 

Register Now!

The Victorian Government’s Digital Jobs program is building a new talent pool of people with digital skills.

Businesses are invited to join the program to host trained candidates through subsidised 12-week internships.

If you’re looking for great people with the right digital skills for your business, register your interest now.

Melbourne Airport Rail

Rail Projects Victoria are seeking community feedback on the Melbourne Airport Rail Link project concept designs.

To have your say click here.

Greening the Pipeline, Brooklyn

Melbourne Water are seeking feedback on the proposed redevelopment of a 2.7km section of public land in Brooklyn.

The Greening the Pipeline initiative aims to transform the heritage listed Main Outfall Sewer pipeline reserve, along the Federation Trail bike path, into a parkland.

To have your say click here

Do you know your legal rights when trading online?

This webinar is a must for all businesses with an online presence. Our presenter, Tania White is an experienced commercial lawyer with real experience running a business. Tania will take the participants through:

  • privacy policies
  • website terms of use
  • protecting your intellectual property (IP)
  • SPAM Act compliance
  • 3rd party payment gateways
Register now!

The Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus will visit St Albans (IGA Carpark, Alfrieda St) on 2 August between 10am-4pm.

Book a time to have a chat with the specialist from the
Partners in Wellbeing team about personal support, financial counselling and a business advisory service. 

Book Now!

Learn new skills to build your business: 

5th -
Legal Requirements for online Trading - Register here
- How to Build a Professional Website - Register here

9th -
Social Media Strategy - Register here
15th - eCommerce: How to set up an online store - Register here

Develop your business skills and strengthen your business - for further information click here 

Small Business Victoria

A series of webinars to improve business success - for further information click here  

ATO: Support for Small Business Webinar
A series of free interactive online webinars presented by experienced tax specialists, where you can ask questions to help you apply the information to your situation - register here

Make sure you’re adhering to the current COVID restrictions

  • All businesses must have an active, up-to-date COVIDSafe Plan.
  • Keep accurate records and ensure your staff and visitors register their details for contact tracing.
  • Every customer-facing business must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service  to check in customers, workers and all other visitors. 
  • Download and display signage to remind people of the need to check in, and other safety measures.
  • If you or your workers have even mild COVID symptoms, please get tested.
  • Visit  coronavirus.vic.gov.au for more information or call Business Victoria on 13 22 15. If you need an interpreter, call the coronavirus  hotline 1800 675 398 and press 0. 
Other COVID Links
  • Current Restrictions for Melbourne, click here
  • Book your free vaccine appointment, click here 
  • Case location and outbreaks, click here
  • Where to get tested, click here
  • Circuit Breaker Support Package click here
  • Financial Support for Businesses, click here
  • Translated information about COVID-19, click here 
  • Businesses need to operate in line with current restrictions, click here
  • Businesses need a COVID safe plan, click here
  • Six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces, click here
  • Victorian Government QR Code Service, click here
  • Translated information on how to use QR codes here
  • Free training is available for businesses on infection control, click here
  • Support and information on how to properly clean businesses, click here 
  • $450 Testing Isolation Payment, click here 
  • $1500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment (if worker needs to stay home) click here
  • Information for people with disability, click here 
  • In-language updates can be found here
  • Health and Wellbeing, click here 
  • Coronavirus.gov.au, click here
  • Business Victoria, click here
  • Department of Health and Human Services, click here

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For further information about this newsletter please contact the Economic Development Unit on 9249 4000 or email ecodev@brimbank.vic.gov.au