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.
We’ve compiled a few key places to direct you to locate the most up to date information on this evolving issue.
Your Greater Dandenong Business team are here to support you through this crisis. Council will be distributing information and dissecting what this means to businesses over the coming weeks and encourage you to sign up to our business newsletter, Talking Business here and refer to our website.
To contact one of Council's team members phone 8571 1550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Rent Relief Stimulus Package
The City of Greater Dandenong has unveiled a $4 million relief package to help its most vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Council has introduced a series of measures to ease the financial burden on its residents and ratepayers.
Rents for all traders at Dandenong Market will be waived until 30 June 2020 at a cost of $1.5 million.
Council has waived rents for many of Council’s commercial leaseholders who have been forced to close as a result of COVID-19 until 30 June 2020. For those still trading rent has been reduced to 50 per cent until 30 June 2020.
Rental rebates will be offered to sporting clubs for seasonal venue hire and for other leisure facilities that have been forced to close including the Dandenong Basketball Association.
Fixed premise food registrations
Council is deferring payment of the registration fees for fixed food premises from 31 July untill 31 December 2020.
If you are an applicable fixed premise food business, Council will be sending you a new registration certificate for the 2020/21 financial year and a letter stating when the registration fees will be due before 31 December 2020.
For further health related updates regarding your food business contact the Public Health Unit via email email@example.com or calling customer service on 8571 1000 and ask to speak to the Public Health Unit.
Sign up to our business newsletter, Talking Business, for weekly business communication.
Business Mentoring Vouchers
Greater Dandenong Businesses have access to receive three free sessions (45 minutes each) with a business mentor of their choice via Small Business Mentoring Services.
To receive your voucher code, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your business name and contact details.
Emergency mentoring and business regeneration support
Many businesses Council have spoken to have reported confusion, anxiety and uncertainty surrounding their business. We understand and hear your concerns.
As a result, the City of Greater Dandenong 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.
If you would like to know more about the program and to see if your business qualifies, please email email@example.com with the subject line 'emergency mentoring and business regeneration support'.
An economic development team member will contact you within 1-2 business days.
Great Bites (Open for Business)
A list of food and beverage businesses still open for business in Greater Dandenong. Businesses are encouraged to complete a submission form to be included. Submit your application now to be listed.
Material Aid Donations from 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Victorian Government has launched the $500 million Business Support Fund to help small businesses survive the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-1) pandemic and keep people in work. Funding of up to $10,000 per business is available and will be allocated through a grant process.
Eligibility and criteria will need to be met. Read more information
Other Victorian Government grants can be found by clicking here.
In light of COVID-19, the Australian Government website offers the most up-to-date information, support and resources for businesses. Visit the Australian Government website
The Government has announced the JobKeeper Payment. Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of six months. Read the Australian Government's Information for Employers factsheet and the Frequently asked Questions factsheet. Read more information about how the JobKeeper Payment can help employers and sole traders.
If your business is struggling to pay energy bills because of the impacts of coronavirus, there may be other options available. Learn more.
Businesses wanting more advice about the Australian Government's stimulus package can telephone the AusIndustry contact centre 13 28 46.
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. This will be done through two sets of cash flow boosts delivered from 28 April 2020 to support employers to retain employees. Tax-free cash flow boosts of between $20,000 and $100,000 to eligible businesses, delivered through credits in the activity statement system, when eligible businesses lodge their activity statements. Visit the Australian Taxation Office for more information
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. The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre aims to collate any expressions of interest with regards to supporting Australian efforts to treat, contain and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
VicHealth have set of tools for organisations to use to build and protect staff wellbeing during coronavirus. Viist website to read more resource 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.
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.