Response and Recovery Strategy

Brimbank City Council’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response and Recovery Strategy

The Brimbank City Council Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response and Recovery Strategy provides a whole-of-council approach to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus across Brimbank and the broader community. It aims to assist to mitigate negative impacts of the COVID -19 including:

  • Health and wellbeing outcomes
  • Community - with a focus on the most vulnerable throughout the community
  • The local economy including business, industry, and jobs 
  • Read our Response and Recovery Strategy Fact Sheet

On 27 February 2020, the Federal Government activated the Federal Emergency Health Response Plan. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. On 14 March the State Government declared a State of Emergency.

A first-ever National Cabinet has been established to coordinate a national response. Respective Federal Government and State Government health and economic packages have since been announced to support communities through this period.

In response to these fast and unprecedented developments, Brimbank Council has moved to develop and implement a whole-of-council Response Strategy that is in line with national, state and local expectations, to protect and support the local community and staff.

This Strategy supports all of the Brimbank Council Plan 2017-2021 strategic pillars and objectives, whilst complying with complies with Brimbank City Council’s Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP), Brimbank Pandemic Plan, and Brimbank Business Continuity Framework and the State Relief Plan.

Council’s Strategy will seek to complement and address where possible, gaps that may not be met by the current Federal and State support packages. Key Stage 1 areas of focus for Council’s Strategy include a Health and Wellbeing Response, Community Support Response (Financial Hardship and Resources), Economic Development Response, Economic Stimulus-Response, and a Communications, Engagement, and Advocacy Response.

Priorities in this regard for respective stakeholders include increased health and wellbeing services for vulnerable residents, options for rates and fee relief for residents and businesses, sports club fee relief, supporting local businesses, extensions to community grants, engaging with Federal Government, State Government and non-government sector, and more.

This is a genuine whole-of-council Strategy that is designed to ensure all resources, programs, and initiatives across the Council can assist in the response and recovery phases of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To better understand the economic effects and impacts of COVID-19 on Brimbank businesses and the community and shape this response, Council has undertaken a number of formal analyses.