Brimbank Business Update - Brimbank Business Support and Assistance eBulletin - No. 15
  • Networking Webinar: Last Chance to Register
  • Department of Health & Human Services: Stage 3 Stay at Home Restrictions - Information for Residents and Business
  • Victorian Government: Local Lockdowns Business Support Program (Grant)
  • Local Lockdown - Council Support for Business 
  • Victorian Small Business Commission: Translated Resources for Tenants and Landlords
  • ATO: Tax Time Toolkit for Small Business 
  • Brimbank.Localised
  • Think.Shop.Buy Local 
  • Upcoming Webinars

Looking for a new way to network and increase your business reach?  Join us for the next Brimbank.Localised meetup on Friday 3 July. It’s a great way to learn more about Brimbank.Localised, network with a range of businesses in Brimbank and hear from our guest speaker, Marketing Sherpa, Ailsa Page from AP Marketing Works who shares the science of successful marketing on a shoestring. Discover some great marketing ideas for your business that you can afford and implement immediately! 

Brimbank.Localised - Meetup
Invite your team, colleagues and friends to join. Practice your lightning pitch and get ready to network online with other business owners in this business-focused networking webinar.
Date: Friday 3 July 2020
Time: 9.30-10.30am
The Victorian Government has announced Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions for specific postcodes from 11.59pm on Wednesday 1 July to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please read the information on the Department of Health and Human Services website to understand what the new restrictions mean for residents, business and how the restrictions will affect you.

Translated Resources - coronavirus (COVID-19):

Coronavirus Hotline: Call the corona virus  hotline 1800 675 398 (24 Hours)

Interpreter Services:
Call TIS National on 131 450

Suburbs under stay-at-home orders:

3012   Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
3021 AlbanvaleKealba, Kings Park, St Albans
3032 Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
3038 Keilor DownsKeilor LodgeTaylors LakesWatergardens
3042 Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie
3046 Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
3047 Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
3055 Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
3060 Fawkner
3064 Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park and Kalkallo
From 11.59pm on Wednesday 1 July, the return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions mean that businesses such as restaurants, cafes, pubs, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, live music, entertainment venues and other businesses can no longer operate as they would like.

Businesses operating within a postcode affected by the return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions are eligible for a one-off, $5,000 grant to help them get through to the other side of the local lockdown.

Businesses can register their interest from today via Register your interest via the form on this page.

If you live, work, or run a business in the local lockdown postcodes, the Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions mean that you can only leave your home for 4 reasons: for work or school, for care or caregiving, for daily exercise or for food and other essentials.

Local Lockdown Postcodes (Brimbank)
3012 Brooklyn
3021 Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans 
3038 Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
3042 Keilor Park 
Are you operating a business in a local lockdown postcode in Brimbank?  
  • Do you need any advice/assistance with modifying your business model to take away / delivery?
  • Would you like information about the Local Lockdown Business Support Grant ($5,000)?
  • Do you need assistance with understanding how the Stage 3 Restrictions affect your business?
  • Would you like to speak with a member of Economic Development team or the St Albans Place Manager?
If you have a business in any of the local lockdown postcodes below, and would like to speak to a team member from Economic Development, or the St Albans Place Manager, please email or call 9249 4000

Local Lockdown Postcodes
3012 Brooklyn 
3021 Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans 
3038 Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
3042 Keilor Park 

Council's Community Support Response
Council's Community Support Response (Financial Hardship and Resources) provides support for residents and business with the implementation of Council’s new COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy, and the Rates, Charges and Fee Review which seeks to assist local businesses, residents and other affected ratepayers.

If you're the ratepayer of a property in Brimbank and are experiencing financial hardship due to he coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic then please complete our COVID-19 Hardship Application (also available in Vietnamese) to make arrangements or defer your rates payments.
For more information on Council’s Community Support Response as part of the Coronavirus Response & Recovery Strategy please click here

The Victorian Government's Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme) aims to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). The VSBC have leasing advice and scenarios for tenants and landlords in English, simplified Chinese, Arabic and Vietnamese: If you would like to discuss your commercial tenancy situation please email the Victorian Small Business Commission at or call 13 8722.
This past year has been unprecedented, with bushfires, drought and COVID-19 making things more difficult for many people in small businesses. The ATO wants to help businesses get back on their feet and have created a tax time toolkit. The toolkit includes a helpful directory of links to help small businesses find information, tools, calculators and services to help them at tax time and throughout the year.

For more information click here 
Brimbank.Localised - it’s more than business to business – it’s business to people, people to business – it’s a business community – it’s letting people know where there is local expertise, local services and local opportunity.

There is no cost to sign up to Brimbank.Localised, and by signing up you will receive ongoing promotion and exposure to other Brimbank businesses, access to local supply chains and local business networks.

Brimbank.Localised is ready for Brimbank businesses to upload their profile, business information, articles and blogs - you'll just need a photo, logo, website and business details to create your profile account and get started.

Guide to getting started

Brimbank.Localised Getting Started guide (English)
Brimbank.Localised Getting Started guide (Vietnamese)

Find out more about Brimbank.Localised and upload your business profile here

The Think. Shop. Buy Local Alpaca map aims to make it even easier for locals to find out who is open, and to support and stay connected to their local business community. 

All businesses in Brimbank are welcome to have their business listed on the Think. Shop. Buy Local map - and if you're offering take-away, delivery, online shopping, online fitness classes or virtual services during COVID-19 it's even more important to let locals know.

Find out more about the Think. Shop. Buy Local alpaca map

Download the Think. Shop. Buy Local flyer in English
Download the Think. Shop. Buy Local flyer in Vietnamese

Explore the Think. Shop. Buy Local map 

If you’d like to have your business listed, contact the Economic Development Team.
Single Touch Payroll for Small Business (Sunshine Business Association) 
Wednesday 1 July, 10-11am - Register here 

Phishing for love, masks and money in the time of COVID-19: A look at the new threats coming your business’ way right now and how to spot them (AusIndustry)
Wednesday 8 July from 11:30am - 12:30pm - Register here 

Managing the Demands of Running a Business: Wednesday 22 July 2020, 9.30-11.00am (iHarvest)
This webinar will provide simple principles to apply daily in your business to increase productivity, profitability and reduce stress and overwhelm - register here
The Get Back on Your Feet program will equip you with the tools to build resilience so that you can navigate a new way of doing business and life.

After major disruption to our business and personal life, we need to define a new way of living and working. This 4-week program is run by Melanie White, a personal and business coach who specialises in helping people change, and cope with change.

With a focus on Positive Psychology the program provides the tools, support and accountability you need to get back on your feet by regrouping, redefining normal, becoming more resourceful and making rational decisions and plans.

The program will be delivered over 4 weeks and topics include:

Week 1, 16 July 2020: Regroup
Regaining composure and prioritising self-care. We’ll focus on these foundational pillars of resilience by reflecting on lessons learned through the chaos and create routines that will bolster health and wellbeing e.g. reducing overwhelm, creating positivity.

Week 2, 23 July 2020: Redefining Normal
Redefine personal and business visions and identify opportunities, drawing on strengths and lessons.

Week 3, 30 July 2020: Resourcefulness
Improve your capacity to step into your business (and life) through connection, collaboration, support and/or resources you need to get back on your feet and back into business.

Week 4, 6 August 2020: Rational decisions and plans
Focus on making rational decisions and creating innovative plans and lifestyle goals as you navigate a new way of living and working.  

Participants who complete the 4 week program will receive a 60 minute coaching session with a health and wellness coach.

Register here 

Celebrating the pride and potential of our city, nominations for the 2020
‘We Are Brimbank Awards’ are now open!

The We Are Brimbank Awards celebrate the pride and potential of our city, and recognise the exceptional contributions, hard work and determination of organisations, businesses and groups making a positive difference in Brimbank. Council is looking for nominations across the following award categories:
  • Culture, Arts & Tourism AwardDemonstrated outstanding contribution to the rich cultural, heritage, tourism and artistic fabric of the Brimbank community.
  • Environment & Sustainability AwardDemonstrated outstanding contribution to the protection, enhancement and awareness of Brimbank’s natural and urban environment.
  • Employment & Enterprise Award - Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the prosperity of Brimbank.
  • Inclusive Brimbank Award - Demonstrated outstanding contribution to promoting participation in community life and supporting proud, safe and healthy citizens.
  • Learning Excellence Award - Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the ongoing education, learning and engagement of the Brimbank community.
Visit We Are Brimbank Awards for more information and to nominate an organisation, business or group in Brimbank. Applications close Wednesday 15 July 2020. 
Have you responded to the Business Impact Survey?  
We'd really like to hear from you to gain an understanding of how COVID-19 (coronavirus) is impacting your business. Your input will be used to inform action and advocacy for assistance, and inform government on short and long-term recovery priorities. This survey is mainly multiple choice and will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. 
Complete the Business Impact Survey here 
Council’s Business Support and Assistance website page provides information, support and resources for businesses affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. Find out about:  
  • Brimbank Business e-Bulletins (previous editions)
  • Council's Business Support
  • Victorian Government Business 
  • Victorian Government Economic Survival Package
  • Australian Government Business 
  • Australian Government Stimulus Package - Business 
  • Australian Government - JobKeeper Payment for Employers and Employees
  • AusIndustry Contact Centre 
  • Australian Taxation Officer (ATO)
  • Victorian Chamber of Commerce Industry (VCCI)
  • Working for Victoria Fund - Support for Displaced Workers
  • Small Business Mentoring Service (SMBS)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
For more information and contact details for the Economic Development team, click here    
Managing the demands of running a Business - register here
Get Back on Your Feet: How to Regroup and Build  Resilience - register here

Getting Social
Getting Social #1: Start up Smart and Strategic - register here  
Getting Social #2: Making the most of Instagram & Facebook - register here

Getting Social #3: Facebook Advertising Essentials - register here
Getting Social #4: Creating great content - register here
Getting Social #5: Getting Stuff Done! - register here

Small Business Bus 
St Albans IGA Carpark:  Monday 27 July 2020 - Register here
Keilor Village, Kennedy St: Thursday 30 July 2020 - Register here

Small Business Victoria

A series of webinars to improve chances of business success - for further information click 

Upskill My Business (Business Victoria)
Develop your business skills and strenghten your business - for further information click here

ATO: Support for Small Business Webinar
A wide range of interactive online webinar seminars presented by experienced tax officers, you can ask questions to help you apply the information to your situation - register

Australian Small Business Advisory Servies (ASBAS) 
ASBAS is delivering FREE online workshops and Business Resilience programs for Victorian businesses: 

Online Workshops  - Register here
Business Resilience Program - Register here

Business Resilience Mentoring - Register here
Business Resilience Workshops - Register here

Are you a local business looking for new staff and want to employ local?

There's no cost to join the Joblink community or to post your employment opportunities. You’ll also receive promotion for your business on the JobLink Facebook Page.

Check out Brimbank Joblink for more information and be sure to LIKE us on Facebook

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