Support for business (COVID-19)

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COVID-19 hotline for Yarra Ranges business 

If your business is experiencing difficulty and you need support in understanding what assistance is available, please contact Councils Business team on 1300 368 333 or email business@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

Below is a collection of information from Federal and State Governments, industry and Council. We will update this page as new information comes to hand.

Please keep in mind that this page may not always be immediately up-to-date. Check dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus for the latest information.

Re-opening for Business Resources

With the easing of lockdown restrictions and moving into living a new 'COIVD normal' life, there a many questions for businesses around what this will look like, what are the responsibilities, and what support is there for you and your business.

Yarra Ranges Council hosted a Re-opening for Business webinar to address some of these questions. Find out more below.

Re-opening for Business

Be Kind Yarra Ranges

We are working to support our community during these unprecedented and difficult times. Working together, we can support each other and those who need it most. We are encouraging you to be kind to yourselfbe kind to others and be kind to business.

Find out more about Be Kind, Stay Safe by clicking the button below: 

Be Kind Stay Safe

 

Buy, Employ, Enjoy Local

Buy | Employ | Enjoy Local is a Yarra Ranges Council initiative designed to put our community front and centre of our recovery efforts and daily life.  We want to showcase everything we have right here in our own backyards.

 

Find out more

Advice for animal owners and agriculture businesses

Agriculture Victoria has set up a webpage with advice for animal owners and people in agricultural businesses, including those working with livestock.

There is currently no evidence that animals play a role in the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus or that animals become sick. However, there are still things animal owners can do to care for themselves and their animals.

Read more

Australian Tax Office support

The Australian Tax Office has set up a page with information about assistance that can be provided through the COVID-19 situation.

Read more

The Australian Tax Office also offers webinars aimed to support businesses with tax related issues during the COVID-19 situation. Find out more and sign up for a webinar.

COVID-19 business grants and funding

Government Grants, vouchers, and assistance programs

Throughout the course of 2020, the federal and state governments have put forward a series of grants to help businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic and thrive in our recovery. Make sure your business has taken advantage of all the opportunities and support that has been offered to it.

When searching for funding, keep in mind that you’ll generally need to meet certain criteria to be eligible, and that aside from funding assistance, many programs can help your business by building your skills and knowledge.

Find grants, vouchers and assistance programs that are the most relevant to your business by clicking on the buttons below: 

Business Victoria Website

Australian Government Business Website

 

Buy Local Directory

We're encouraging everyone to shop local and support local business. Share your details on councils website and share how your trading during the coronavirus situation.

View the directory or add your details

 

Business Victoria support

Business Victoria has set up a page with information about what support is available through the COVID-19 situation, with some Frequently Asked Questions and answered.

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Take care of your mental health

If you're concerned about COVID-19, are distressed or worried about being in isolation or sick, please visit the Head to Health website for mental health support links and phone numbers to find support, or information if you're supporting someone else. 

Lifeline also has resources on its website, and by calling 13 11 14. 

Beyond Blue has tips available for people worried about Coronavirus and can be contacted on 1300 224 636

Young people in the community (under 25) can contact:

  • Youth Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
  • Eheadspace on 1800 650 890

Business webinars & online resources

Some webinars will be occurring in coming days, giving businesses skills and tools to communicate, re-evaluate and restructure businesses during the COVID-19 situation.

Visit our business events page 

Please note that these events are not run by Council, that they require an internet connection and there may be a cost to take part.

Eastern Regional Library provides access to free resources to boost your business in the digital age via the online platform BizLibrary. Membership requirements for these resources have been lifted so accessing BizLibrary is quick and easy!

Access BizLibrary

Federal Government support for community members

The Federal Government has expanded eligibility for income support payments during the COVID-19 situation and added an extra payment for benefit recipients.   

Access to these payments has also been expanded, to support people who are stood down or lose their employment.

Read more about income support

 

Sign up for updates

To receive our regular email newsletters, which include updates about coronavirus and its impacts, sign up below: 

Yarra Ranges Local

Our monthly digital newsletter covers community-wide updates on projects and, currently, general messaging about coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Yarra Ranges Business

Our business newsletter has industry-related messaging, advice and updates about COVID-19 and running a business in the region.

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Support for Creative Industries

Information and links to support for those in the Creative Industries effected as a result of COVID-19.

Support for Creative Industries

Women on The Go

Women On The Go is a collaboration between Maroondah City Council, Knox City Council, and Yarra Ranges Council. The event celebrates the importance of women in business and empowers you by connecting you to other like-minded women. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 situation, our Women On The Go event was held virtually. In 2021 due to lockdown and on-going restrictions the Women on the Go in person event had to be cancelled. 

To learn more about Women on the Go, please visit here.