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COVID Business Update

COVID-19 Updates for Businesses

As we get back to COVIDNormal we need to continue stay COVIDSafe. We have learnt just how unpredictable living in a world with COVID-19 can be and it is important to remain vigilant during these times. Victorians are being asked to stay safe by getting tested and practicing COVIDSafe behaviours. This is especially important as we see friends and family, celebrate together, travel together and move around Victoria, Australia and New Zealand. Coronavirus is still present in Australia and we must all be cautious and play our part to reduce the spread.

For information on current restrictions click here 
For information for business and industry click here

Here are some friendly reminders on keeping a COVIDSafe workplace:
Record keeping continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria stay safe and stay open. Business are encouraged to use the free Victorian Government QR Service. For more information on contact tracing, click here

It is mandatory for every Victorian business with on-site operations to have a COVIDSafe Plan. For more information and a template of a COVIDSafe plan, click here.

Posters and signage are a great way for your business to remind your staff and customers to be COVIDSafe. For a collection of signs, posters and templates for your workplace, click here.

Mental Health
Like most small business owners you’re probably used to handling problems on your own. But you don’t have to. Partners in Wellbeing specialises in small business support and offers free, confidential, one on one support to improve your financial, business and emotional wellbeing. Call 1300 375 330 for a one off chat or get ongoing support. Support is also available from Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 224 636).

Australian Federal Government Business Support
To find Government assistance for business click here.
Business support hotline 13 28 46

Victorian Government Business Support Finder A range of assistance is available from the Australian and Victorian governments and other organisations to support businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here to launch the finder.

  • Business Victoria Hotline for businesses 13 22 15

Cancellation Policies
During this time, it is likely your customers and guests will be cancelling. You may be wondering what happens if they are cancelling due to COVID-19, and whether you can claim cancellation costs. More information on this is available on the VTIC website and from Consumer Affairs Victoria. This advice should be read in conjunction with Consumer Affairs Victoria’s online factsheet 'When customers cancel - guidance for tourism businesses.'  

FREE Industry Membership
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) are both offering 12 month FREE subscriptions, to their entry level membership. This includes receiving business communications, credit towards Victorian Chamber courses and access to the Victorian Chamber Workplace Relations Advice Line.

You can join at:

Victoria Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC)

General Health Advice

A great way for your business to receive up to date information is to subscribe to the following newsletters: