COVID Business Support Officers

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COVID Educational Visits for local businesses

COVID Business Support Officers from Yarra Ranges Council will be attending local businesses to provide guidance and information around COVIDSafe practices, including current restriction requirements.

During these educational visits, advice and information will be provided which includes but is not limited to:

  • COVIDSafe Plans
  • Cleaning and sanitising
  • COVID-19 hygiene measures
  • Responding to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the workplace
  • Business support and mental health resources

The officers are here to support you and your business, they are not visiting to enforce compliance of COVID requirements. 

If your business would benefit from a COVID educational visit and you would like to register your interest in this service. Please follow the link below and complete the form.

Request Here

 

Once you have registered, a COVID Business Support Officer will be in contact to arrange a site visit. This service can also be conducted remotely using Microsoft Teams depending on your preference. 

Alternatively call 1300 368 333 and ask to speak to a COVID Business Support Officer. 

If your business would like any re-freshed health and safety collateral, including social distancing floor decals, please get in touch with business@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

Visit the Be Kind, Stay Safe page to see what's available

Be Kind, Stay Safe

 

and download your COVIDSafe Plan checklist here:

COVID-Safe-Plan-Checklist-Doc-v3.pdf(PDF, 258KB)

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Resources and support available for your business

Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program

Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program

You can now get 25% off dining and entertainment in the Yarra Ranges.

Dining

So go out and enjoy the delectable food on offer in one of our many quaint cafés, lovely restaurants, and eateries where quality local produce inspires people to keep returning regularly, or enjoy a refreshing beverage with a meal in a historic pub or artisan distillery/brewery. 

Why not take a scenic drive through our meandering tree lined streets or wander back roads that lead to world class wineries in the beautiful Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. 

 Entertainment

Don’t forget a memorable cinema experience at our charming cinemas in Belgrave, Warburton or Healesville’. If you prefer the outdoors, then try hot air ballooning, Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy or one of the many beautiful gardens in the region.

The Victorian Government is offering rebates across the state up to $125, when you spend $40 or more between Monday and Thursday at hospitality venues. Rebates can be claimed for entertainment on any day of the week, keep the receipt and visit these websites to claim: http://dining.business.vic.gov.au and http://entertainment.business.vic.gov.au

Get in quick – the program is open until the funds have been exhausted or until 30 June 2022, whichever occurs first.

Help for Small Business

Help for Small Business

To support Victorian small businesses, Business Victoria has launched Headway – the free small business wellbeing initiative. Through Headway, sole traders and small business owners, their employees and advisers can access business advice, financial counselling and mental health support free of charge through a range of programs and resources.

Visit Headway

Business Victoria Hotline: 13 22 15

Connecting people looking for work and employers with the support they need

Jobs Victoria supports employers with free services to help them find local staff with the right skills and attitude.

Employers can call the Jobs Victoria hotline on 1300 208 575 for information, advice and connections to local Jobs Victoria services. 

The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program

The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program

The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program provides $1200 rebates so small businesses can access a range of digital business tools.

The Victorian Government has partnered with 14 suppliers to help you build or upgrade your website, improve your cash flow, start online marketing, manage your jobs and projects, and keep better track of stock.

Small Business Digital Adaptation Program

Small Business Ventilation Program – Ventilation Rebate

Small Business Ventilation Program – Ventilation Rebate

The Ventilation Rebate provides a $500 rebate for public-facing small businesses to undertake immediate actions such as purchasing equipment or hiring a qualified tradesperson to undertake minor services to improve ventilation in areas accessible to customers.

Only one application is permitted per ABN. Applicants must submit separate applications for each of their businesses that operate under different ABNs.

Improving ventilation helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and provides customers with the confidence that businesses are doing everything they can to keep them safe.

Small Business Ventilation Program – Ventilation Rebate