Business and COVID-19
The Victorian Government has announced that Stage 4 restrictions are now in place across metropolitan Melbourne.
For the most up-to-date information on what businesses can continue to operate and what has to close, visit the DHHS website for the Premier's statement on business restrictions.
We will continue to provide you with further information as it is available.
The Victorian Government has announced a new employer requirement in response to the number of coronavirus transmissions occurring in workplaces. Employers are required to notify WorkSafe immediately if they become aware that a worker has received a confirmed coronavirus diagnosis. This also applies to people who are self-employed and also to contractors who may have attended the workplace during their infectious period. Rapid notification about positive cases in workplaces is critical.
More information at WorkSafe Victoria.
Face masks in the workplace
From 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July, people 12 years and older living in metropolitan Melbourne will be required to wear a face covering when leaving home. The fine for not wearing a face covering will be $200.
What are my responsibilities as an employer?
If your employees work in an environment where physical distancing is not possible, you should consider providing them with reusable cloth masks or single use surgical masks. All employees are required to wear a mask at work as per the Department of Health and Human Services' updated restrictions.
Employers have a responsibility to identify whether there is a risk to the health of employees from exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) at their workplace, as well as areas where employees are unable to maintain physical distancing by staying 1.5 metres apart.
WorkSafe can assist with tailored advice on how to create a safe workplace, including for coronavirus (COVID-19). You can contact WorkSafe's advisory service on 1800 136 089 or through the Worksafe website.
Should I require my customers to wear a face mask?
Face masks are currently recommended for everyone in Victoria who cannot maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres from other people.
As per the updated restrictions, from 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July, people 12 years and older living in metropolitan Melbourne will be required to wear a face covering when leaving home. The fine for not wearing a face covering will be $200.
Visit Business Victoria's Face masks in the workplace for more information on face masks for business owners and employers.
Important information: Working for Victoria
The State Government has introduced its $500 million Working for Victoria initiative to help Victorians, including those who have lost their jobs due to coronavirus (COVID-19) find new work opportunities and get back into work as quickly as possible. There are opportunities for jobseekers, clinical healthcare workers and businesses looking for workers, as well as training opportunities.
If you are a jobseeker in Victoria, you can register your details on the Working for Victoria site to access new work opportunities.
If you are a business looking for workers, you can register your requirements for talent on the site and you will be contacted and assisted to post jobs on the Working for Victoria site and access the Working for Victoria talent pools.
Visit the Working for Victoria website for more information.
Business.vic.gov.au - information, support and stimulus packages
If your business has been affected by the coronavirus, there is a range of information, support and stimulus packages available.
To find out how your business can get help visit business.vic.gov.au or phone 13 22 15.
Business.vic.gov.au is a single entry point for the Australian business community to access information from all 3 levels of government and has a dedicated customer service team currently available from 7am – 9pm, 7 days per week.
Information available online includes:
City of Kingston COVID-19 community and business support package
Kingston Council has announced a $2.8 million assistance package for the community and businesses to help alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The package is designed to offer support to local businesses, community groups and vulnerable residents. The business components of the support package includes:
- Rate payments deferred until 30 June 2021 for business who apply under Council’s Hardship Policy. Apply online or download printable form
- Refund of current Health and Food Premises registrations
- Refund of current Footpath Trading fees
- Commercial rents of Council buildings waived for 3 months (up to 6 months if State of Emergency remains in place).
- Family Day Care Educators Fee waived for 3 months (up to 6 months if State of Emergency remains in place).
All enquiries on this package can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or please call 1300 653 356.
Kingston online business directory
Kingston Council has created an online business directory to help promote businesses to the local community to encourage support in these unprecedented times.
If you are a local business that's still operating in some way, in-line with government regulations, please fill out this form.
You can also contact the Business Directions team via email@example.com.
Victorian Small Business Commission Services
VSBCS offer low-cost dispute resolution services, including mediation, and champion the rights of small businesses.
Dealing with COVID-19 and responding to difficulty in paying rent - VSBCS can assist.
Online learning - develop or upskill your business
Various organisations such as Business Victoria are offering workshops and seminars through online portals. Now may be the perfect time to develop or upskill for your business.
Business Mentoring Available
Has your business been impacted by COVID-19? If you are in need of some advice, emergency mentoring is available. This is a free, confidential service from experienced business mentors to provide a 'sounding board' for local business owners.
Step 1: Fill in and submit the online application form
Step 2: The mentor coordinator will be in touch to arrange an emergency online mentoring session
Step 3: Follow up mentoring is available if required