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Support for business

We have a number of initiatives being rolled-out such as additional mentoring sessions and other programs that will support local businesses, which are also eligible to apply for relief under our COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy if they are unable to pay rates or other fees and charges on time.

Government support for business

Ensure you keep up-to-date with the Commonwealth's Support for business in Australia and the State Government's Coronavirus business support websites.

The most recent support available is the Jobseeker Payment initiative. Businesses impacted by the coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy to continue paying their employees.

As part of a $1.7 billion economic survival package, the Victorian Government has announced $500 million to establish a Business Support Fund to assist small to medium businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Victorian Government will work with the Victorian Chamber, Australian Hotels Association and Ai Group to administer the fund to help businesses survive and keep people in work.

Applications are now open online.

Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package

The Victorian Government's Outdoor Eating and Entertainment package will provide grants of up to $5000 to help eligible hospitality businesses adapt their operations to outdoor dining.

For more information on eligibility and the application process visit Business Victoria's website.

Read more about footpath trading and extending your permit or trading zone with Council.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund

The Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund program will provide grants of up to $30,000 for eligible liquor licensees with hospitality venues impacted by the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Eligible licensees will be invited to apply through their Liquor Portal accounts.

For more information on eligibility and the application process, including Liquor Portal accounts, visit Business Victoria Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund.

Sole Trader Support Fund

The Sole Trader Support Fund provides grants of $3,000 to eligible non-employing sole traders who are impacted by the restrictions in Victoria’s roadmap for reopening.

Details on eligibility and applications are available at Business Victoria Sole Trader Support Fund.

Third Round of the Business Support Fund

The third round of the Business Support Fund will provide grants of up to $20,000 to eligible businesses, ensuring they continue to receive the support they need to make it through restricted trading.

For more information on eligibility and applications visit Business Victoria Business Support Fund.

Free training program

The Victorian Government has launched a new platform Upskill My Business which provides businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic with free access to online  short courses and training events.

Call Business Victoria on 13 22 15 or visit the Upskill my Business website.

Council support for business

Still Here 4 You

The City of Whittlesea has launched an exciting campaign designed to help promote local business and help members of the community.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has hit the business community hard. Many small businesses are shut, others are limited to online and some have had to close due to financial stress.

You can still support your local businesses by Go Local First.

Each week the social media campaign Still Here 4 You will focus on a different theme/industry giving residents an opportunity to share online how they are supporting local business during the restrictions and give them a chance to win a $50 voucher to spend locally at one of those businesses.

Simply visit Whittlesea Unites Facebook page and tell us: How did you support a local produce store such as a grocer, butcher, baker, or cellar this week? Let us know in the comments and tag the business if possible so others can find them.

Good luck!

Business support service

Council’s Business Engagement Officer can help connect businesses with a variety of support available from Local, State and Federal Government and across industry. Call 9217 2278 or email


Free mentoring sessions will be provided by the Small Business Mentoring Service and Box Hill Business Enterprise Centre.

Click here to book your place.

For further information visit our events page, or email


If you missed our recent webinar series, or would like to learn more about gaining new skills or thinking for your business, you can view all the recordings on Council's YouTube channel. Recorded webinars have covered topics such as; online networking, managing cashflow, mental health, business planning, negotiating rent relief, running a home-based business, applying for grants, moving your business online, business continuity and risk planning.

Farmers Market promotion

We are currently promoting local businesses on our ‘South Morang Farmers and Makers Market’ Facebook page. We aim to let the community know alternative ways to engage your business. Please email Amy Berthelot, South Morang Farmers and Makers Market project officer, if wish to participate

Business Development Program

Our Business Development Program will provide a comprehensive mentoring support package for to up to 40 successful business applicants.  Working closely with a dedicated mentor from the Small Business Mentoring Service over a three-month period, the business will receive assessment, mentoring, support, tools and guidance specific to their situation.

The program will provide businesses with professional advice and education on how they can improve outcomes or grow with a clear plan or strategy.

Businesses interested in participating can submit their application by completing the form below and emailing it to

Applications close 20 December 2020.

Food and hospitality

Encouraging local residents to support local businesses is crucial than ever before. If your food or hospitality business is still trading and you've implemented new ways of working, i.e.; home delivery, then let us know.

We are listing our food and hospitality businesses on Council's Whittlesea Tourism website. To have your businesses included, tell us your;

  • Business name
  • Address, phone number and website or Facebook link
  • Brief description of your business and any special offer

Send these details, with a photo that represents your business to

COVID-19 Hardship Policy

Our COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy provides relief to residents and businesses in the City of Whittlesea. 

You can apply online or contact our Business support team on 9217 2278 or email