Council understands this is a challenging time for businesses and their loved ones. We hear you.
For some, your business may be facing unprecedented demand whilst others are facing a tougher future. Our business community is strong, and we must support one another as much as possible.
The City of Greater Dandenong is committed to strengthening existing businesses and attracting new investment to the region. The team consists of the following business units:
We can be contacted via email@example.com or 8571 1550.
We’ve compiled a list of information on this evolving issue below.
The Greater Dandenong Business team are here to support you through this pandemic. We encourage you to sign up to our business enewsletter Talking Business and click on the heading Local Government above for detailed information.
On Street Dining Permits - Free for Businesses
Do you want new (or more) tables and chairs for your on-street dining? It’s now free to apply for the permit, until 20 June 2021. Read more details
Free on Street Parking on Lonsdale Street, Dandenong
Free parking in Lonsdale Street, Dandenong has been extended until 30 June 2021. Read more details
New Business Taskforce
Council is planning to establish a business taskforce consisting of local peak body representation and industry experts. The taskforce will ensure key sector feedback from stakeholders is directed to relevant State and Federal Government agencies through appropriate advocacy channels. More details to come soon.
Council Rent Relief Stimulus Packages
The City of Greater Dandenong has unveiled a $4 million relief package to help its most vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full details on Council's stimulus package
Fixed Premise Food Registrations
Council is deferring payment of the registration fees for fixed food premises from 31 July until 31 December 2020. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 8571 1000 and ask to speak to the Public Health Unit.
Local Greater Dandenong businesses have access to three free sessions (45 minutes each) with a business mentor of their choice via Small Business Mentoring Services. To receive your voucher code, email the economic development team via email@example.com with your business name and contact details.
Emergency Mentoring and Business Regeneration Support
Greater Dandenong City Council is offering specific emergency mentoring and business regeneration support to help you and your business navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. Eligible business will receive an initial free one-hour online session; aimed at providing stability and direction. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line 'emergency mentoring and business regeneration support' for further information.
Great Bites Open for Business
A list of food and beverage businesses still open for business in Greater Dandenong. Businesses are must complete an online submission form to be included. Submit your application now to be listed
Go Local Campaign
The GO LOCAL FIRST is a national campaign initiated by the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA). This campaign will encourage Australians to choose local small businesses when they are purchasing products and services to help get the sector back on its feet, keep Australians in jobs and money in local communities. The GO LOCAL FIRST campaign is being rolled out on outdoor, broadcast and digital advertising with the simple call to action Australians to spend locally first. For further information or to get involved visit the GO LOCAL FIRST website.
Material Aid donations via our Business Community
A heartfelt thank you to many of our businesses who have put their hands up to offer material aid to our most vulnerable community members the past few months. There has been an overwhelming response and we feel so grateful to be part of such a selfless community. If you your business would like to offer your services or goods please email email@example.com.
The Victorian Government has launched a hotline for businesses dealing with the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses across the state can now access information on dealing with COVID-19 by telephoning the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15. Click on the heading State Government above for detailed information.
Further Covid-19 Business Resources
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.
Worker Permit Scheme
Permits will need to be issued by business owners to all workers travelling for work. Read more information
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.
You can contact WorkSafe's advisory service on 1800 136 089 or through the Worksafe website.
Face coverings in the Workplace
Directions from the Chief Health Officer about face coverings are in place across Victoria. Everyone in Victoria over 12 years old needs to wear a face covering outside of their home, unless they have a lawful excuse not to do so. Visit the WorkSafe page for further information.
What are my responsibilities as an employer?
As an employer you must ensure employees wear face covering while at work, unless an exception applies. A face covering needs to cover both your nose and mouth.
Employers should encourage their employees to bring their own face covering where possible, however there is an obligation for employers to provide a face covering if an employee does not have one.
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 stay 1.5 metres apart.
Victorian State Government Grants
The Victorian Government has launched the $500 million Business Support Fund to help small businesses survive the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and keep people in work. Funding of up to $10,000 per business is available and will be allocated through a grant process. Read more information
Other Victorian Government Grants
Explore grant opportunities which may be available to your business. Read more information
Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund
Grants to support small private landlords facing hardship. The Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund has been created in recognition of small, private landlords who may not have the capacity to provide rent reductions to their tenants under the requirements of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme. Learn more
State Revenue Office
The Victorian Government has announced further land tax relief for landlords and business owners, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Learn more
Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC)
VSBC offer low-cost dispute resolution services, including mediation, and champion the rights of small businesses. VSBCS can assist in dealing with COVID-19 and responding to difficulty in paying rent. Learn more
In light of COVID-19, the Australian Government website offers the most up-to-date information, support and resources for businesses. Learn more via the Australian Government website.
Businesses seeking further advice on the Australian Government's stimulus package can telephone the AusIndustry contact centre 13 28 46. Click on the heading Federal Government above for detailed information.
The Federal Government manage the JobKeeper payment and below are a few places of reference to assist you in learning more.
Extension of the Jobkeeper Payment (Information for businesses and not-for-profits)
JobKeeper Payment information specifically for sole traders.
Australian Taxation Office (ATO) - Cash Flow Support for Business
Temporary cash flow support is available to small and medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations that employ staff during the economic downturn associated with coronavirus.
Energy Bill Support
If your business is struggling to pay energy bills because of the impacts of coronavirus, there may be other options available. Learn more
While many businesses have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and are reducing their workforces, there are some areas of the economy which have an increased demand for workers. This includes jobs in health and care sectors, transport and logistics, some areas of retail, mining and mining services, manufacturing, agriculture and government sectors, among others. The Jobs Hub helps you find advertised vacancies
Manufacturing has a huge part to play in the evolving situation and we thank you for coming forward in the offer of services and support. Further information
Health and Wellbeing Support for Businesses
VicHealth have set of tools for organisations to use to build and protect staff wellbeing during coronavirus. Further information
Beyond Blue hotline - Telephone:1300 22 4636
SANE Australia - Telephone:1800 18 7263
Black Dog Institute - This institute offers online webinars to support health and wellbeing during this crisis and other useful articles and resources.