Brimbank Business Update - Brimbank Business Support and Assistance eBulletin - No. 18
  • Australian Government: JobKeeper extended until March 2021
  • DHHS: Updated Restrictions - Face Coverings 
  • Victorian Government: COVID-19 Business Support Package
  • Brimbank: Business Mentoring Sessions
  • Brimbank.Localised Virtual Meetup
  • ATO Webinar: Starting a Small Business (Vietnamese)
  • Guide to Digital Transformation
Today, the Prime Minister and Treasurer announced changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker (formerly Newstart Allowance). JobKeeper will be extended until 28 March 2021 and the temporary Coronavirus Supplement for those on JobSeeker will be extended until 31 December 2020.

Key dates
  • From 28 September 2020, JobKeeper will be reduced from $1,500 a fortnight to $1,200 for full-time workers and to $750 for part-time workers (less than 20 hours of work a week).
  • From 4 January 2021, this will be reduced to $1,000 for full-time workers and $650 for part-time workers.
  • From 28 September 2020, organisations seeking to claim JobKeeper payments will be required to reassess their eligibility with reference to their actual turnover in the June and September quarters 2020.
  • Organisations will need to demonstrate that they have met the relevant continuing decline in turnover test in both of those quarters to be eligible for JobKeeper from 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021.
  • Organisations will need to further reassess their eligibility in January 2021 for the period from 4 January to 28 March 2021. Organisations will need to demonstrate that they have met the relevant continuing decline in turnover test in each of the previous three quarters to remain eligible for the March 2021 quarter.
For more information click here
From 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July, there will be changes in restrictions to help reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
  •  When leaving home for one of the four reasons, people 12 years and older must wear a face covering, unless an exemption applies.
  •  If you are in the car alone or with someone from your household, you do not need to wear a face covering. 
  • You should put your face covering on before you leave your car.  If you are driving your car for work, such as deliveries, or with people from outside your household then you are required to wear a face covering.
  • If you are doing strenuous physical exercise you do not need to wear a face covering but you must carry one with you. Strenuous exercise includes activities like jogging, running or cycling but not walking.
  • People who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must not attend a wedding outside these areas, unless they are working as the celebrant. The celebrant must wear a mask.
  • People who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire cannot hold a wedding outside these areas, even if a booking has already been made.
For more information click here 
Support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus pandemic 

The new $534 million Business Support Package will provide more support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • The expanded Business Support Fund providing more than 80,000 eligible businesses with a new $5,000 grant to support them through the renewed restrictions. This grant was previously made available to the 12 postcodes linked to outbreaks. It will now apply to all areas under Stage 3 restrictions.
  • $30 million dedicated fund for Victoria’s night time economy to support the hardest hit businesses in hospitality.
  • $26 million in mental health support will ensure Victorians dealing with the compounding challenges of running a small business can get the support they need as they navigate their way through the crisis.
  • $10 million business mentoring program, pairing small business owners with experienced professionals who can help them navigate their way through the crisis.
  • $40 million capped fund for regional tourism businesses to cover the costs of refunds.
  • $20 million fund to support small businesess in Melbourne’s CBD that are faced with a large and sustained shock to their trading environments.
For more information and eligibility criteria click here
Council's partnership with the Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) and ION Group provides businesses with vouchers to access to mentoring support. Sessions are provided either online via Skype/Zoom or by telephone.

SBMS - Small Business Mentoring Service

The SBMS provides mentoring for:
  • translation services to address businesses needing cultural and language support 
  • tick boxes where businesses need specific support on aspects of day-to-day business operations - resourcing mentors with specialist skills in accounting, cash flow, HR, marketing, export etc 
  • SBMS offer wide-ranging supports in specific areas - more operational than strategic 
  • deals with start-ups, exits and traditional ways to grow your business
SBMS looks at specific issues to address operational issues.  

ION Group - Leigh Crocker and Team 

ION Group provides mentoring for:
  • an opportunity to review your situation and gain perspective and guidance on how to manage your specific business challenges
  • a sounding board to your current planning and business strategy
  • adaption strategies - how to re-open, reinvent and rebuild your business after COVID-19?
  • clarity on how to provide the leadership and stability needed to navigate the COVID-19 crisis and challenges
  • new business and marketing strategies to generate additional income and reduce dependency on current business operations affected by COVID-19.
ION Group looks at the ‘whole business’ and advises you on how to optimise your energy and resources for survival and growth. Our focus is giving participants a framework for business decision-making that will strengthen their business planning and management. ION Group specialise in working with businesses in crisis and transition.

For more information and a discussion about your mentoring needs, contact the Economic Development Team

You’re invited to the Localised Brimbank Meetup!

It’s a great way to learn from local experts.
Brett Melville, from Digital Treasury will be guest speaker and his topic will be ‘SEO – Google My Business Tips’.

Hear directly from and network with a range of businesses and organisations within Brimbank. These business focused events are easy and effective. It’s a great way to introduce yourself, your business and your expertise by getting up and promoting your business to the crowd in the form of a lightning pitch (only 20 seconds!).

Register now to add it to your calendar 🙂 You won’t be disappointed, these virtual meetups are easy, fun and potentially commercially rewarding!

Register here
Tuesday 18 August 2020, 10-11am 

Are you starting a new small business? You will learn about which business records to keep, the legal requirements and how long to keep your records. This basic session also introduces you to the benefits of developing good record keeping habits as well as tools to help you manage your records.

Quí vị có đang nghĩ đến việc khởi đầu một doanh nghiệp nhỏ không? Có lẽ quí vị có một hoạt động do sở thích đang trở thành một doanh nghiệp? Buổi thuyết trình 40 phút MIỄN PHÍ này sẽ giúp quí vị hiểu được:

- sự khác biệt giữa hoạt động do sở thích và kinh doanh
- phải làm gì nếu hoạt động do sở thích của bạn biến thành một doanh nghiệp
- các cấu trúc doanh nghiệp phổ biến nhất và các đăng ký quí vị có thể cần phải có trong kinh doanh.

Register here 
Operating a business online has never been more important. To help you get it right, have developed the Guide to digital transformation. The guide is a step-by-step tool that walks you through the process of going digital in your business.

Check out the guide 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.
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
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
Facebook Marketing to get leads - register here
Virtual Networking Night in Action - Register here
Facebook Marketing for eCommerce - Register here
How to Rank Higher in Google Maps - Register here
7 Steps to Digital Marketing Strategy - Register here
Selfcare: You can't pour from an empty cup - Register here
Using LinkedIn and your Personal Brand to win work - register here

Getting Social
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 
ONLINE:  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

Melbourne's North Food Group (MNFG)
Practical steps that will help you create greater cash flow certainty - register here
What you need to know: Shareholder relations and major developments in Workplace Laws - register here

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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