• Further Easing of COVIDSafe Restrictions
  • New COVID-19 Visitor Registration Requirements
  • $3000 Landlord Grants
  • Enjoy Local Campaign in Full Swing 
  • Building Your Brand Webinar
  • Localised Meetups are Back for 2021!

The Victorian Government will ease COVID-19 restrictions this Friday 26 March at 6pm. 

Key Changes: 

  • Masks are no longer required in retail settings
  • There will be no cap on the amount of staff in the workplace, providing the 1 person per 2sqm requirement can be met.
  • Up to 100 people will be allowed in your home per day and 200 for outdoor gatherings in public places.
  • Density limits in venues will be 1 person per 2sqm.
  • No limits on class sizes for outdoor and indoor physical recreation or fitness classes. Unstaffed gyms will have a density limit of 1 person per 4sqm.

To see what COVID19 restrictions and requirements remain in place in your business click here

From this Friday (26 March 2021), businesses using electronic record-keeping must only use QR Code providers who are connected to the State Government's Application Programming interface or API. 

If you are already using the free Victorian Government QR Code Service for your record-keeping, you do not need to do anything.

But if you're not click here for more information. 

Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund - Round 2

Grants of up to $3,000 are available to small commercial landlords providing rent relief for tenants under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme. 

Applications close this week, 28 March 2021 or until funds are exhausted.  

Apply Now!

Get out and Enjoy Local to support your business

Council is delivering 61 events in 30 different key locations across Brimbank to help local business stimulate trade.

The entertainment events include a range of free musical performances and children’s activities designed to draw customers into Brimbank’s activity centres and extend their stay.

The Program is being delivered by the place managers in Council’s City Strategy department as part of the Brimbank COVID-19 Response and Recovery Strategy.

So far events like the one pictured above have been held in St Albans Town Centre, Deer Park Village Shopping Centre and Albion. 

For a list of upcoming events from now until June 30 click here

Does this sounds familiar? You've launched your brand, you've got yourself a logo and you have your products or services ready to sell. You've built it, so why aren't they coming?

This webinar will work through the different elements of brand building and help you produce your own basic brand guidelines. 

Register Now!

Looking for new ways to promote your business? 

Join us online for the Brimbank Localised Business Meet-up.
Friday 9 April, 9.30am until 10.30am 

The Brimbank Localised Business Meetup is 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! Our Lightning Pitch segment is an ideal way to promote your business and expertise to others in only 20 secs, allowing you to hone important networking skills. 

What’s on offer this meetup:

  • Hear from local OHS & Risk consultant, Jenny Tran
  • Discover local services and products and explore opportunities for your business
  • Network with other business owners and share your experiences, challenges, and success stories

 Register Now!

Free Business Mentoring 

Book your free voucher for one-on-one expert business mentoring via video or telephone with one of our specialist partners.

SBMS mentoring sessions provide operational support and identify resources to help your business grow. They can provide advice in languages other than English.

ION Group provides a strategic ‘whole of business’ approach to review your situation, and help you prepare adaptation strategies for re-opening, reinventing and rebuilding your business.

For more information and a discussion about your mentoring needs, contact the Economic Development Team ecodev@brimbank.vic.gov.au


At 3am on 4 April, Daylight Saving ends and you need to turn your clock back by 1 hour. 

Learn new skills to build your business: 

24th - Legal Requirements for Trading Online - Register here
25th - Business Goals and Budgets for Going Online - register here
- How to Build a Community Online and Offline - register here 
 - Building your Brand - Register here
- Engage Real Followers on Instagram - register here

- Tender Processes and Business Plan Guidance - Register here
23rd - CATAPULT - register here
29th - How to Rank Higher in Google Maps - Register here 

CUL-TI-VATE Program - Applications are now open!

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

Small Business Bus 
27 April - Sunshine, outside Village Cinemas, Marketplace Shopping Centre

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

Just starting out in business and want help getting finance? A business plan has you covered.

It can be hard to put aside the time to write a comprehensive business plan, but it is one of the keys to your success.

Business Victoria's 'How to write a business plan' free video takes you through some general steps everyone can follow to build and revise their business plan.

Are you feeling distressed or anxious about your business?

The Partners in Wellbeing helpline offers free and confidential one-on-one access to experienced wellbeing, financial and mental health counsellors who understand exactly what you’re going through.

So if you need help to get through a difficult time, call
Partners in Wellbeing on 1300 375 330 Monday to Friday 9am–10pm, Saturday to Sunday 9am–5pm.

For further information and translation services click here.

Make sure you’re adhering to the current COVID-19 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.
  • All businesses must record contact details for anyone on their premises for 15 minutes or more, including staff, customers and suppliers.
  • Electronic record keeping is required for many venues to access the higher density limit of 1 person per 2sqm. The Victorian Government QR Code Service is easy to use and free.
  • 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-19 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 (COVID-19) hotline 1800 675 398 and press 0. 

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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