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.
Expressions of interest are now open to local business operators interested in being a part of a new Business Advisory Panel.
The Business Advisory Panel will provide advice, insight and feedback to Council on the outlook for the local economy, industry-specific challenges and opportunities, and the impacts of government policy.
The Panel will include 10 representatives from local businesses, and City of Whittlesea Administrators and Council officers. Membership to the Business Advisory Panel is voluntary and for a two-year term.
Meetings will be held six times each financial year, with meetings taking place in August, October, December, February, April and June.
The Panel will report back to Council twice a year.
Expressions of interests are open until 21 July 2014.
QR code check in is now mandatory in ALL business settings, including all retail.
You must switch to the Victorian Government QR Service - Victorian Government QR Code Service.
For instructions on how to switch, read register to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service.
About the Victorian Government QR Code Service https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/about-victorian-government-qr-code-service
There is now a Kiosk check-in option available to help staff 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)
Find information online about QR codes in various languages.
More information about the Victorian Government's Circuit Breaker Business Support Package is available online:
Australians who have had their hours of work and income significantly affected due to state lockdowns, will be eligible for a temporary COVID Disaster Payment.
The rapid support will be paid weekly to those workers who reside or work in a Commonwealth declared hotspot and are therefore unable to attend work and earn an income as a result of state-imposed health restrictions, which last for greater than one week.
Eligible recipients will receive up to $500 per week for losing 20 hours or more of work, and $325 per week for losing under 20 hours. They must not have liquid assets of more than $10,000.
Victoria has moved to eased circuit breaker restrictions at midnight 10 June.
More businesses are now allowed to open.
How to create a COVIDSafe workplace
Six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces
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
We're exploring the potential for low-cost shared office workspace in the City of Whittlesea and want to know your thoughts.
With our world of work rapidly changing, we want to hear what our community thinks about the idea of working from shared local workspaces.
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.
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 email@example.com
Applications close 25 June 2021 or when places are exhausted, whichever is sooner.
Our COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy provides relief to residents and businesses in the City of Whittlesea.
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.