|This week's eBulletin|
|Construction Industry Shut Down for Two Weeks|
The Victorian Government have announced that from 21 September the construction Industry will be shut down for two weeks due to multiple outbreaks linked to the sector.
Prior to reopening sites on the 5 October, construction workers must have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Priority vaccines will continue until 26 September, for more information click here.
A COVID-19 disaster payment is available to help workers unable to earn income due to public health orders, for information click here.
To read the full statement click here.
|Melbourne's Roadmap out of Lockdown|
On Sunday 19 September the Victorian Government announced a Roadmap out of Lockdown for Victoria.
When Victoria reaches 70 per cent double dose vaccination (indicative date: 26 October), changes will include:
To view the full Roadmap click here.
|COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace|
Did you know that employers can legally ask staff about their vaccination status though it is up to individual employees if they wish to share this information or not?
Click this employer's guide about vaccines and how it impacts your workplace COVID-19 Vaccinations Guide and the Workplace.
To book your vaccination click here.
For a full list of exposure sites in Brimbank, click here.
|Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund 3 - Apply Now|
Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund 3. The program offers grants to small landlords who are waiving rent for their tenants as part of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.
Eligible commercial landlords with total taxable landholdings under $3 million that waive rent for their tenants between 28 July 2021 and 15 January 2022 can apply for grants of up to $6000 per tenancy. In cases of acute hardship, small landlords may be eligible for grants of up to $10,000 per tenancy.
|Small Business Digital Adaptation Program|
The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program provides $1200 rebates so small businesses can access a range of digital business tools.
The Victorian Government has partnered with 14 suppliers to help you build or upgrade your website, improve your cash flow, start online marketing, manage your jobs and projects, and keep better track of stock.
Before submitting an application, check eligibility and read the program guidelines and the frequently asked questions (FAQs).
|Investment Support Grants - Round 2|
Round 2 of the Investment Support Grants - Packaging (ISGP) is now open for applications, with a preference for projects that create new products using packaging waste. Grants of up to $50,000 are available for small to medium businesses, not-for-profit organisations, and social enterprises to pursue packaging waste reduction and recovery opportunities.
|Brimbank Business Grants - Extended|
The Brimbank Small Business Grants program has been extended and will now close at 4pm this Thursday.
Eligible Businesses must be local, at least over 12 months old with a turnover of less than $10 million pa.
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and applications must be made online via grant application system SmartyGrants before the due date. But be quick as applications close 4pm Thursday 23 September 2021.
For program information and how to apply if you’re eligible, click here.
|SME Loans Scheme|
The Commonwealth Government’s SME Recovery Loan Scheme provides eligible small and medium enterprises access to loans of up to $5 million over a term of up to 10 years.
The Scheme is designed to provide continued assistance to small and medium enterprises that are dealing with the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Further information about the Scheme can be found on the Treasury website.
|Brimbank Local Business Survey|
Brimbank’s Economic Development Unit seek your views on how the COVID pandemic is impacting Brimbank businesses.
The survey results will inform the development of COVID support and other advocacy; Council’s business development and support programs; the preparation and implementation of economic development strategies and programs; as well as promotional initiatives.
The individual answers you provide remain confidential.
|Brimbank.Localised Business Discovery Meetup|
Join us on Friday 1 October, 9.30-10.30am
During lockdown, meeting face to face is not possible. However it's never been more important to reach out and connect with people.
Brimbank.Localised Free Meetups are a great way to connect with other local businesses and introduce yourself; you can share what you do and what your business is all about - and all from the comfort of your home.
|Have your Say: Creating Better Streets for People|
Brimbank Council is preparing a new policy called ‘Creating Streets for People’.
During the COVID lockdowns many have come to appreciate our local streets more.
Tell us how you would like to use your streets, what you love, what should be prioritised and what could be improved. Your feedback will help deliver safe, functional and welcoming streets.
Watch our animation and visit yoursay.brimbank.vic.gov.au/CSP and help create better streets for people.
|Western Metro Land Use Framework Plan - Feedback Welcome|
The Western Metro Land Use Framework Plan provides direction for planning at a regional and local level to guide strategic land-use and infrastructure development for the next 30 years.
Developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), it helps implement the metropolitan planning strategy, Plan Melbourne, and includes the development of local planning strategies over the next five years, and promotes collaboration between the State government, Brimbank Council, and western region councils.
For more information and to provide feedback, visit the Engage Victoria website.
Learn new skills to build your business:
28th - Starting your Small Business - Register here
13th - Using MailChimp for Online Marketing - Register here
28th - Creating Great Content for Social Media - 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
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
|Three Free One-on-One Business Support Programs |
|Mandatory Use of The Victorian Government QR Code Service|
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.
|COVID Business Requirements and Links|
Make sure you’re adhering to the current COVID restrictions
|Brimbank Business Link Facebook|
|Powerful Business Resources|
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