|1st October 2020|
Welcome to the October edition of the monthly Business e-newsletter.
In this edition we bring you the latest updates on COVID -19 Steps to Recovery, information on the new outdoor dining options for hospitality businesses, statewide and regional support opportunities, events, news and more.
We want this newsletter to be valuable to you so please share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve.
|COVID Update - Steps in the right direction|
From 17 September 2020, Regional Victoria entered Step 3 of the Victorian Government's Roadmap. For a summary of the State Government's Steps toward COVID Normal, please visit the Victorian government Coronavirus website. There are also some good compliance guidelines for industry sectors on the Business Victoria website. Information on Council services are available from our website - here as well as news and information from our Facebook page.
All businesses in Victoria must have a COVIDSafe Plan. For information and resources to help your business prepare a COVIDSafe Plan visit the Business Victoria website. Of particular interest for dairy farmers, please refer to this link - Victorian COVIDSafe Plan template for dairy farms.
Businesses must review and update their COVIDSafe Plans routinely, especially when restrictions or public health advice changes.
|Outdoor Dining Options for Local Businesses|
With Regional Victoria moving into the third Step of the Victorian Government’s reopening roadmap, hospitality businesses are now allowed to open for outdoor dining.
Moyne Shire Council is here to make it easy for hospitality businesses to either start or expand their outdoor dining footprint to maximise the number of customers that are able to dine.
|State Government Grants - Business Resilience Package|
|The Victorian Government is investing $3 billion in cash grants, tax relief and cashflow support to Victorian businesses that have been most affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). The following grants are part of the State Government Business Resilience Package.|
|Sole Trader Support Fund|
Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s Sole Trader Support Fund. You may be eligible for a $3000 grant if you are a non-employing Victorian sole trader within an eligible business sector operating out of a commercial premises or location. This support will assist eligible Victorian sole traders with overhead costs and utilities.
Please visit the Business Victoria website for full details on the eligibility criteria and advice on how to apply.
|Business Support Fund - Round Three|
Through this latest round of the Business Support Fund, eligible businesses can receive grants of either $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 based on their annual payroll.
To view the eligibility criteria and to apply for the Business Support Fund visit the Business Victoria website.
|Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups|
Grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000 are available to Victorian business chamber and trader groups for initiatives that enable local business collaboration, help members access support and transition into recovery and restart.
|Food and Beverage Export Guide - Helping Australian Farmers access Indonesian Markets|
The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment has recently launched the Australian Food and Grocery Council Export Guide for Indonesia.
The Guide – unveiled at a virtual AusTrade event
- will help Australia’s food and beverage exporters learn more about Indonesia’s
consumer trends, import compliance requirements and pathways to export.
The Guide has
been produced through the Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation
(ATMAC) program in cooperation with Indonesia and can be downloaded here http://www.afgc.org.au
|Free Financial Counselling Support for Regional Businesses|
The Australian government has expanded its Rural Financial Counselling program to assist small regional businesses affected by COVID-19 to access free and confidential financial counselling. The program aims to help small businesses understand their financial position, identify options, implement plans and access the immediate assistance they need to keep afloat and navigate the road to recovery.This service is available to small regional business experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship due to the impacts of drought or COVID‑19. Small business financial counsellors can help:
|Business Events and Short Courses|
|Managing Infection Control in your Business|
South West TAFE is offering FREE accredited short courses in Infection Control to business employees in the Retail, Hospitality, Logistic and Transport Sectors.
The courses are a mix of online and workplace-based learning and participants will learn how to follow standard and additional precautions for infection prevention and control that can be applied in their roles, preventing the spread of COVID.
The course includes a 2-hour Webex induction and participants have four weeks to complete self-paced online study with scheduled online check-in sessions.
|Regional Growth Project - Bundle Package|
Miss attending the Regional Growth Summits live? You can still access all of the amazing content online! It's still FREE for all businesses within our community. Get inspired, hear amazing regional success stories and learn practical steps that you can take in your business to prepare for the future, save costs and stand out against the crowd.
|Are you a business owner in the Moyne Shire who benefits from visitors?|
As a business who benefits from tourism in Moyne, the Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism (GORRT) in partnership with Visit Victoria and Moyne Shire Council is offering a FREE 12 month membership with GORRT and your local tourism association, backed by a team of tourism specialists if you register before the end of October 2020.
For greater detail, visit the following webpage for more information on the offer: https://www.portfairyaustralia.com.au/atdw-subsidy
|Prepare your Business for COVID - 19 Recovery with Localised|
With COVID-19 restrictions slowly easing across regional Victoria, it is now more important than ever to ensure your business can be found by people looking to do business locally.
Localised is a FREE business directory and network designed to connect businesses across Moyne and the Great South Coast region.
By adding your business to Localised, you're putting your business in front of other business owners who are looking to do business in the region.
Plus enjoy a range of expert articles from local business owners looking to share resources and knowledge to support COVID-19 recovery.
JOIN LOCALISED NOW: https://greatsouthcoast.localised.com.au/moyne/
How to add your business to Localised: https://youtu.be/AQDe0t1ZUBc
For further information about our service or if you need help with accessing any of the resources provided, please contact Council's Economic Development Team: