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The Coronavirus pandemic continues causing economic disruption in many sectors including tourism and hospitality, education, entertainment, property, resources, and international supply chains. The below information aims to help City of Whittlesea businesses navigate the latest support available. You can also read more on our business support webpage. 

All venues and facilities required to undertake electronic record keeping must use the Victorian Government QR Code Service through the Service Victoria app. To find out more about the Victorian Government QR Code service go to QR code app, API and digital record keeping for contact tracing.

All retail settings are required to use QR codes and to ensure customers are checking in.

The Victorian Government has announced a $250M business support package for small to medium businesses and sole traders affected by this current circuit breaker lockdown.
The Victorian Government package includes:
  • Business Costs Assistance Program with grants of up to $2500 for eligible businesses.
  • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund with eligible businesses to receive a $3500 grant per premises.
  • Event industry support - more details to come.
Businesses can register their interest in the Business Costs Assistance Program at, so they can be notified when applications open this week.
Operators eligible for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payment will be contacted directly by email in coming days.
More information about the Victorian Government's Circuit Breaker Business Support Package is available at

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.



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 Explore Whittlesea 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

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