Business Support and Advice

Council is committed to supporting local businesses during this time and will continue to keep you updated on relevant and important information following advice from the Victorian Government and Federal Government about Coronavirus (COVID-19).

There is a wide range of information, resources and tools available to assist and navigate you through the current challenges. Information and advice changes daily, so we encourage you to continually check our pages for general updates.

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Government Grants Support

Circuit Breaker Action Business Support Package

The Victorian Government has announced a $143 million package to support eligible businesses impacted by the circuit breaker action to limit the spread of COVID-19.   The  grants, which are also available for sole traders include:

  • The new $92 million Business Costs Assistance Program offers grants of $2000 for eligible businesses and sole traders in the most impacted sectors. Applications are open and close 16 March 2021.
  • A $24.9 million injection to the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will give previous eligible recipients of this grant a $3000 one-off, per premises payment. 
  • The $16.2 million Victorian Accommodation Support Program will assist accommodation providers that had bookings cancelled between Friday, 12 February and Wednesday, 17 February due to the circuit breaker action.  Registrations of interest are now open.

Further information on these programs is available on the Business Victoria website. 

COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate support

The Victorian Government has released a COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate to support small and medium-sized businesses where anyone onsite has been suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19).   The rebate helps eligible businesses with the cost of hiring professional cleaning services to conduct a deep or decontamination clean of their worksite and will cover up to 80% of a businesses cleaning costs capped at a grant of $10,000. 

Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund Round 2

Are you a small commercial landlord providing rent relief to your tenants under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme? Grants of up to $3000 per tenancy are available to eligible landlords under round two of the Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund. Applications close 28 March 2021, 



COVIDSafe Plan and Guidelines for Businesses

The Victorian Government is working hard to ensure that every business that is open in Victoria knows that it must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place to help prevent future outbreaks of coronavirus.

As part of our plans to support industries to reopen safely, the Victorian Government has developed a COVIDSafe Plan template to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of coronavirus in the workplace. 

The new guidance, which includes Industry Restart Guidelines and Industry Restriction Levels, have been developed for some sectors, including local government services. These Industry Restart Guidelines will be valuable for many local businesses, including hospitalityhair and beauty businesses and community sport organisations

The attached fact sheets provide essential information on the six COVIDSafe principles, compliance and enforcement, and support for businesses, including fact sheets, social media assets and templates. Please share it with local businesses and your networks. 

In addition to this, businesses can also access a collection of signage, posters and questionnaires to assist in communicating key messages to workers and customers. 

To learn more about these new requirements and how to make your workplace COVIDSafe, please visit the coronavirus website


Fact Sheet 1(PDF, 49KB) - Do you need help creating COVID safe plan?

Fact Sheet 2(PDF, 94KB) - How to create COVID safe workplace

Fact Sheet 3(PDF, 57KB) - What to do if a worker is unwell?

Fact Sheet 4(PDF, 57KB) - What to do if a worker tests positive?

Fact Sheet 5 -(PDF, 704KB)  Final COVIDSAFE Stakeholder kit


New fact sheet on extended supports for Victoria’s small business tenants

The fact sheet offers leasing advice, responses to frequently asked questions, a scenario showing what rent relief negotiations can look like and a summary of the important changes that apply, including the following:

  • For rent relief requested for 29 September 2020 to 31 December 2020, a landlord is only required to offer rent relief from the date their tenant makes a written application to them during this period, supplying all of the required information.
  • Rent relief must, at a minimum, be in proportion to an eligible tenant’s fall in turnover.


Read more about the Process for commercial tenants and landlords.



Supporting our local businesses

Hume's local businesses have been responding quickly to the changing demand by offering alternative methods of pick-up and delivery, exploring online options, increased hygiene measures and working with their staff and customers following advice surrounding social distancing.

To support Hume businesses, we've started a list of local businesses doing new things or altering their way of working to ensure they can continue delivering and providing for our community. If you are a business in Hume City that’s being innovative through these challenging times, get in touch with us today at or message us on Instagram @DiscoverHume.

You can also support local businesses by shopping locally. 

What sole traders and small businesses must do to access JobKeeper 2.0

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued new guidance to businesses about the JobKeeper extension, and although some of the finer points are still being settled, it has been clarified that businesses will not need to re-enroll into the program or re-assess employee eligibility.

Find out more about the extension of JobKeeper Program

Networking Groups In Hume

We encourage you to reach out and connect with these groups.  Meeting new people will expand your connections, potentially open up new opportunities, and can be a powerful tool to grow your business.

Industry Associations & Chambers of Commerce

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Business Council of Australia

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Small Business Association of Australia

Retail Associations

Australian Retailers Association

The Victorian Association for Newsagents

Master Grocers Australia

National Retail Association

Food Industry Associations

Melbourne North Food Group

Networking Groups

MIBA Networking Macedon Ranges
Covering Hume and Macedon Ranges

The North Network

Northern Melbourne Mums in Business

Sunbury Business Association

Sunbury Women in Business

BNI – Melbourne North

Business Builders Group

Melbourne’s North Food Group (MNFG)