Business and COVID-19
If your business has been affected by coronavirus, there is a range of information, support and stimulus packages available. You an expand each of the headings below to find out more about each topic, including the State Government's recently announced Working for Victoria initiative for jobseekers looking for work and businesses looking for workers.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Emergency 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
Last updated: 9 April 2pm