• IGNITE Food Passions Program
  • Are You Ready for the Super Guarantee Rate Rise?
  • Use Tax Incentives to help your Business Grow 
  • Marketing in Changing Times Webinar 
  • Wellbeing and Mental Health Support Programs

The IGNITE Food Passion Program is specifically designed for food entrepreneurs looking to build on their idea and grow their business.

Delivered by The Business of Food, the program will give you the know how to take your food business venture to the next level.

These interactive sessions will cover the essentials on:

  • business operations
  • finances
  • food regulations, and
  • marketing.

It also a great way to meet others and share your journey.

This free five week program runs every Wednesday and commences on 11 August 2021.

Apply now!

On 1 July 2021, the super guarantee (SG) rate will rise from 9.5% to 10%.

If your small business has employees, you'll need to ensure your payroll and accounting systems are updated to incorporate the increase to the super rate.

For salary and wage payments made on or after 1 July 2021, the new superannuation guarantee contribution rate of 10% will apply.

If you require help to work out how much super you need to pay your employees after 1 July, you can use the SG contributions calculator here.

Now that tax time has arrived, check the range of tax depreciation incentives you may be able to claim for your business’s assets.

Temporary full expensing allows businesses to claim an immediate deduction for the business portion of eligible new depreciating assets.

Small businesses can also claim an immediate deduction for the business portion of eligible second-hand depreciating assets.

For more information and to download the free factsheet click here

How challenging is it to work out what marketing to do when customers and conditions keep changing?

Don’t let it keep you awake at night any longer. Join this free interactive workshop which will guide you through the marketing maze in challenging times.

We will explore:

  • what marketing you can do right now
  • what marketing to leave for another time
  • how to tailor your marketing to a changing environment

Register now!

The Partners in Wellbeing Helpline

Acesss free and confidential one-on-one support from experienced wellbeing coaches who understand exactly what businesses are currently going through.

The helpline provide business owners free access to financial counsellors and business advisors.

Businesses can call 1300 375 330 from Monday to Friday 9am–10pm, Saturday to Sunday 9am–5pm.

The Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring Program

Eligible business owners can receive up to four 2-hour mentoring sessions with an experienced professional who will help them make informed decisions about their business.

The program offers tailored guidance on:

  • Business recovery 
  • Market transformation 
  • Digital literacy and engagement 
  • Market and supply chain diversification 
  • Reskilling and retraining

For translated information click here.

Learn new skills to build your business: 

6th - Starting a Small Business (ATO) - Register here
8th -
Closing your Small Business (ATO) - Register - here
- Legal Essentials for Start-ups and Small Business - Register here
21st - 
Introduction to GST (ATO) - Register here

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