Business Support and Assistance

The COVID-19 outbreak is causing economic disruption in many sectors including retail, tourism and hospitality, education, property, manufacturing and supply chains. If your business is affected, there is information, support and resources available below or you can contact the following Council officers:

Contact us

Council’s Economic Development Team

Sunshine Town Centre Manager

St Albans Town Centre Manager

We have translation and interpreting services available.

Brimbank Grants for Small Businesses

Brimbank City Council has committed $200,000 towards supporting local start-ups and small businesses to adapt to the impacts of COVID-19 and strengthening their businesses. Refer to the Business Grants Guidelines or our frequently asked questions for more detail about this program.

Grant Categories

Stream One:  Start-up Microgrants

Up to $2,000 per applicant, with up to $30,000 available:

  • For new/start-up businesses up to 12 months old that operate within Brimbank
  • To help with common start-up costs, including fees, registrations and equipment
  • Eligible projects will be funded in the order they are received, until the $30,000 allocation is exhausted.

Stream Two:  Small Business Grants

Up to $10,000 per applicant, with up to $170,000 available:

  • For small businesses that are at least 12 months old, that operate within Brimbank
  • To support adaption to COVID-related challenges, and business growth to expand the local economy
  • Eligible projects will be awarded on a competitive basis, after applications close, from the $170,000 remaining allocation.

Application period

Applications were open 10 August-23 September 2021.

When will I find out if my application was successful?

Start-up Microgrants

Your application will be assessed shortly after you submit it. We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 4 weeks of you applying.

If you are successful, you will receive your funding agreement shortly after, and will have 6 months to deliver the project.

Small Business Grants

We aim to let you know the outcome of your application in November 2021.

You will have 6 months to deliver the project, starting from when you receive your funding agreement.

Assistance from the Small Business Mentoring Service

To receive a free Council-sponsored consultation with a Small Business Mentor, contact the Economic Development team on 9249 4000 or ecodev@brimbank.vic.gov.au

Contact us

For further information on the Brimbank Business Grants Program please contact the Economic Development team during business hours on 9249 4000 or ecodev@brimbank.vic.gov.au

Council’s Business Support

Brimbank Business Update

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Business Development Program

To enable the continuation of Council’s Business Development Program, workshops will be delivered online via webinar to ensure that you continue to have access to workshops and training.

You'll still need to register to receive a link, however there'll be no charge to join the webinars.

Online workshops will help to protect the health and safety of individuals during these unprecedented times.

Here's further information about workshops and registration details.

For more information about what we're doing go to our COVID-19 Information page.

Local Business Support

Find out which businesses are open, who is delivering, and how you can think, shop, and buy local during the COVID-19 emergency.

Victorian Government Business

Advice, updates and support to help you help business plan and respond to the COVID-19 crisis includes:

  • Victorian Government Economic Survival Package
  • Business continuity and recovery plans 
  • Australian Government's Economic Response 
  • What you should tell your staff?
  • Can your business run events?
  • COVID-19 (coronavirus) updates
  • Travel advice
  • More information
  • Mental health support

Find more information at Business Victoria's Coronavirus Business Support page.

Hotline help for businesses dealing with COVID-19 impacts

Businesses across the state can access information on dealing with COVID-19 by calling the Business Victoria Hotline on 13 22 15.

Victorian Small Business Commission – Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme

The Victorian Government has introduced a Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme) to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of COVID-19. Regulations for the Scheme have been made under the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020.

Businesses are encouraged to seek further information and process guidelines from the Victorian Small Business Commission website. The Victorian Small Business Commission also provides a mediation service to support fair tenancy negotiations.

Access fact sheets and frequently asked questions about the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme here.

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Contact the Victorian Small Business Commission

For answers to your questions about Victorian Small Business Commission supports for small businesses in response to COVID-19, including under Victoria’s commercial tenancy relief scheme, call the Victorian Small Business Commission on 13 87 22 or email enquiries@vsbc.vic.gov.au.

Victorian Small Business Commission Mental Health Plan

With many small business owners focused on trying to get their businesses through this difficult period and looking after their family and staff, they might not have prioritised their own mental health. Creating a mental health plan is one way to make sure business owners have practical strategies they can call on to look after themselves and their staff as they plan for business continuity and recovery.

The Victorian Small Business Commission have developed a small business owner's guide to creating a mental health plan in response to COVID-19.

You can read more about the Victorian Small Business Commission mental health plan initiative and template.

Australian Government Business

COVID-19 information and support for business

www.business.gov.au and the AusIndustry Contact Centre Ph 13 28 46 are playing a key role promoting and advising business on the government’s small business measures that were announced by the Prime Minister.

Find more information at the Coronavirus information and support for business page.

Australian Government Stimulus Package – Business

The Australian Government has announced an economic response totalling $189 billion to provide timely support to affected workers, businesses, and the broader community.

The Government’s economic response targets three areas:

Support for business

The Australian Government is supporting Australian businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees.

Assistance includes cash flow support to businesses and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses.

Find more information at the Coronavirus information and support for business page.

Supporting the flow of credit

The Government, the Reserve Bank of Australia, and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority have taken coordinated action to ensure the flow of credit in the Australian economy.

Timely access to credit is vital for businesses to manage the impacts of the Coronavirus.

Find more information at the Treasury's Supporting the flow of credit page.

AusIndustry Contact Centre

The AusIndustry Contact Centre are playing a key role in promoting and advising business on the government’s small business measures announced by the Prime Minister.

They're available to take your calls and webchats from 8am-8pm, Monday to Friday.

Support for COVID-19 enquiries will be prioritised by all Contact Centre support agents, please call 13 28 46.

Find more information at the Continuing your business page.

Australian Taxation Office

If you are experiencing difficulties meeting your tax and super obligations because of COVID-19 the Australian Taxation Office can help.

The Australia Taxation Office website provides advice on:

  • Assistance measures available
  • How the ATO will work with you
  • Answers to frequently asked questions for individuals, employers, payments and reporting, interest and penalties, cancelled supplies and events, and pausing or ceasing your business.

Phone the emergency support hotline: 1800 806 218

If you prefer to speak to the Australian Taxation Office in a language other than English, phone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 for help with your call.

 

Victorian Chamber of Commerce Industry

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry provides information about resources available to support businesses affected by COVID-19 including a COVID-19 Employer Guide.

For more information, visit the Victorian Chamber of Commerce website or phone 8662 5333

Working for Victoria Fund – Support for Displaced Workers

As part of the $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package, the Victorian Government has announced a $500 million package to help people who have lost their jobs at this difficult time.

Under the Working for Victoria Fund, displaced workers will be eligible to apply for different types of work. This presents opportunities for paid work and an opportunity to contribute to Victoria’s ability to manage the COVID-19 event and support the community.

For more information about eligibility, types of jobs available and to register your interest, visit Working for Victoria.

Small Business Mentoring Service

Small Business Mentoring Service offers low-cost mentoring sessions for business with a diverse range of mentors. Sessions are designed to work toward providing support and resources for businesses in these extreme times.

Sessions are held with a mentor of your choice located on the Small Business Mentoring Service website with sessions provided either online via Skype/Zoom or by telephone.

For more information visit Small Business Mentoring Service website or contact the Economic Development Team at ecodev@brimbank.vic.gov.au or 9249 4000.

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services has information, daily updates and advice about the outbreak of COVID-19.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

The Department of Health and Human Services has information and advice for the business (non-healthcare) sector to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Guiding principles apply equally to domestic settings, office buildings, small retail businesses, social venues, and all other non-healthcare settings.