The Geelong Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to inform local businesses about current updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
This page was last updated on the 15/09/2020 at 2:49pm.
1. Member Support
Geelong Chamber Webinars
We have put together a variety of Expert Panel Webinars to discuss business measures to take during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure ongoing business. Watch all Webinars here.
Please register for upcoming Webinars on our Event page.
Help from Members for Members
We're proud to be a part of such a unique network of local businesses. In times of crisis it is outstanding to see that our members have provided insight into their field to support other businesses.
Worksafe has put together a COVID-19 Worksafe page to answer all your workplace related safety questions around managing exposure and support for employees.
Wondering how to get back to business? St John has put together this guide to opening up workplaces safely during COVID-19.
As a member you have access to our Helping Hands offers page where members have offered their expertise worth $100 and more for free. See here for more information.
The advisors at Business Depot have put together their insight into what a business owner should do if your business is being affected by Coronavirus directly, or indirectly through reduced consumer or business confidence. You can read the article here.
Moore Stephens has put together a management plan discussing cash flow and economic outlook amongst other topics.
If you have an article that is relevant for our business community, please reach out to the Geelong Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will look into posting it on this page.
2. Financial Support:
Federal Government Support
Five Steps to take during COVID-19
With so much information out there on what to do to keep your business running during this time, it can be tough to navigate actionable steps.
We've put together a guide with five steps for you to take now to keep your business going and to look after your staff:
JobKeeper Payment (wage subsidy)
Announced by the Prime Minister, the JobKeeper Payment will be paid to employers, for up to six months, for each eligible employee that was on their books on 1 March 2020 and is retained or continues to be engaged by that employer.
To register to receive further updates visit the ATO JobKeeper page here
(As of 7/08/20 there has been changing to Job Keeper eligibility, allowing more small business owners to access the government support please check the above links for details)
City of Geelong Support Measures
City of Geelong has announced immediate Coronavirus support measures.
Victorian State Government Support Package
As announced on 10 July, the $534 million Business Support Package will provide more support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.
For more information visit the Business Support Package page.
Victorian Small Business Commission
Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme
The Victorian Government has introduced a Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Victorian Small Business Commission has put together a Commercial Tenancy Toolkit with leasing advice.
This information includes:
the steps we recommend tenants and landlords take
how to access free mediation with our office to support fair tenancy negotiations under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme
scenarios showing how our office can help tenants and landlords that do and do not fall under the Scheme.
For more information, read VSBC's responses to frequently asked questions about the Scheme.
3. Mental Health Support
Mental Health Plan
The VSBC has put together a small business owner's guide to creating a mental health plan in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
With many small business owners focused on trying to get their businesses through COVID-19 as well as looking after family and staff, their own mental health might not have been prioritised.
To develop a mental health guide, VSBC consulted with stakeholders including Beyond Blue, the outcome of which is a user-friendly guide that helps business owners:
4. Business Organisation Support
The outbreak of the Coronavirus is causing economic disruption in many sectors. The Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI) has put together a Coronavirus Resource for Business page.If you are an employer and need more information, please have a look at the VCCI employer guide here.
Business Victoria has put together a Coronavirus Business Support page to give advice, updates and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus COVID-19.
Roadmap for Regional Victoria
For information on the Victorian Economic Survival Package visit this link.
Australian Chamber Employer Guide
What should employers do to manage through the COVID-19 outbreak? The focus of the Employer Guide by the Australian Chamber is on managing and protecting your employees and your workplace and answering some of the workplace relations and work health and safety.
The treasury has brought out an economic response to the Coronavirus with support for businesses.
The government has released an Emergency Management page which looks into information and support for businesses
5. Health & Restrictions Infomation
If you have any health questions around the novel coronavirus please refer to the Department of Health COVID-19 page.
The Department of Health has issued the COVIDSafe App, which you can download here. The app helps support and protect you, your friends and family by locating your device when you come close to someone else, while out in the park, in the supermarket etc. If someone you have been in proximity to is later identified as having COVID-19 the department can easily connect with you and let you know. It is entirely voluntary and encrypted.
Step Three, Easing of Restrictions:
Regional Victoria will move to Step 3 easing of restrictions effective Thursday 17/09/20
Read the full statement from the Premier on easing restrictions here.