Council has a number of initiatives to support local businesses, including free mentoring sessions. Some businesses may also be 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.
QR code check in is now mandatory in all business settings, including all retail.
You must use the Victorian Government QR Code Service.
You can use the Victorian Government's Kiosk check-in option to record a visitor's details on the venue's device. You can set up a kiosk service online (see item 10 on the QR code website)
You can find out more or download a range of resources with QR code information in languages other than English on the Victorian Government's website.
The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments are jointly providing financial support to help businesses through the pandemic.
There are a range of funds and programs, including:
Find out more at www.business.vic.gov.au
Pending the current state of lockdown and the Victorian Government restrictions, there is some really useful advice and resources on how to create and maintain COVIDSafe workplaces at:
Cleaners have an important role to play in reducing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in our community. Cleaners can help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by adopting measures that include cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, counters, phones, handrails, light switches, taps, toilets and ticket machines. As more businesses open and normal operations resume, there will be an increased demand for cleaning services, including house cleaning.
The Victorian Government has released factsheets about cleaning in a COVID-safe way:
All cleaning businesses, including self-employed house cleaners, must have a COVIDSafe Plan and follow the six COVIDSafe principles to help prevent future outbreaks.
Our COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy provides relief to residents and businesses in the City of Whittlesea.
We want to know how local businesses are faring as the economy starts its COVID-19 recovery.
Fill out our short survey to tell us the ongoing impacts on your business.
We can provide support to help you fill out the survey or information in languages other than English.
Fill out the survey before 30 June 2021 to go into the draw for a prize:
The Vacant to Vibrant program aims to address retail vacancy issues across the municipality and its impacts on the broader retail precinct. Vacant shops create a negative perception of retail centres in the eyes of the community, shoppers and business owners.
The Vacant to Vibrant program proposes to take empty retail space and offer it to local start-ups, social enterprises and artists, with affordable, short-term commercial leases.
Contact Economic Development on 9217 2278 or email email@example.com
Visit these websites for more information on the Coronavirus and your business:
Business Victoria - call the dedicated business hotline on 13 22 15.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Free mentoring sessions will be provided by the Small Business Mentoring Service and Box Hill Business Enterprise Centre.
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.