City of Maribyrnong Business Bulletin - 23 June 2021
To our Maribyrnong Business Community,
Restrictions have eased enough to give our community some semblance of normality and it is brilliant to see lots of people out and about, getting on with business and enjoying social time with family and friends.
The school holidays are almost upon us which means there will be a flurry of activity within the community and more families enjoying time together sharing meals, shopping and playing. Does your business have any kid friendly activities planned? Are your shelves stocked? Maybe a table and some paper and crayons to entertain the littlies whilst their carer shops?
There are lots of ways to capture your audience and make the most out of the extra foot traffic these school holidays.
City of Maribyrnong Team
|Victorian restrictions to ease at 11.59pm tonight|
From 11.59pm tonight, the Victorian Government will ease restrictions across the state, with settings to be maintained for two weeks before the issuance of further advice. There will be no changes to mask requirements which must be worn indoors except if at home or if an exception applies.
The easing will increase caps on private and public gatherings, indoor and outdoor events, community facilities, and entertainment and leisure, with specific requirements affecting retailers outlined below.
Many restrictions will be eased in accordance with settings in Regional Victoria, with key restrictions outlined below:
Maribyrnong Localised - A new way to connect with opportunities
Maribyrnong Localised, is a FREE digital directory for the local business community to promote their goods and services to the broader community. It only takes a few minutes to set up a basic business listing.
By adding your business details to Localised, you are able to:
- Advertise products, services and people to the local business community
- Boost your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and drive traffic to your website and digital content
- Upload business blogs, news and articles to the Noticeboard to market your business to prospective customers
- Discover networking and professional development events for businesses across our community
- Access the marketplace for procurement opportunities or requests for quotes
- Learn about business initiatives, grants, news and offers from Council
Add your business here
Changes to QR code requirements
The Victorian Government has made changes to the registration process for QR Codes. The QR Code Service is free to all Victorian businesses and helps contact tracers manage a potential COVID outbreak.
|New Food Act Changes Effective 1 July 2021|
As of 1 July 2021, food business owners wanting to sell their business will no longer be able to transfer their food registration to a new owner. The proposed new owner/s will need to apply with Council for a new food registration. Registration assessments and approval can take anywhere between a few days to a few weeks so immediate notification to Council is imperative.
If you are planning to sell your business, please advise the new owners of the new changes to the Food Act, by referring them to Council’s Business Concierge Service to apply and register a food premises.
Start, Now: Free Accelerator Program for Start-ups
"Start, Now", is a pre-accelerator on the "Now". platform with access to short video modules mentors, a library of content, and connection to a community of over 2000 alumni.
Free for Victorian Start Up Founders
Thanks to Launch Vic, 400 positions have been made available for Victorian-based startups. "Start, Now", has been designed specifically for early-stage Victorian Startup Founders looking to start and grow their business. Since launching in February 2021, Start, Now has accepted 156 early-stage founders into the program, and we have 244 remaining spots - which are free (thanks to our mates, Launch Vic).
If you have an idea or start-up that aims to impact people while using technology to scale, then this program is for you. Get in quick!
|Small Business Digital Adaption Program closes 30 June 2021|
Applications for the Small Business Digital Adaption Program closes on Wednesday 30 June 2021.
The Government has partnered with 14 suppliers to help businesses with everything from productivity to digital marketing, including:
· Xero: to help seamlessly manage cashflow, BAS, staff and payroll
· Lawpath: to save time and money on all things legal
· Shopify: to build a secure online store and sell products online
· Square: for easy point of sale systems that also manage customer data
There are lots of industry specific options too, for businesses in motoring, hospitality, retail, professional services and trades.
The program is accessible to any business that’s had an ABN registered since 13 September 2019.
Solar Support For Businesses
Small businesses across the City of Maribyrnong now have access to safe, quality and affordable solar panels through the Solar for Business Program.
Delivered by Solar Victoria, the program supports small businesses across Victoria by providing access to renewable energy – helping them reduce their energy costs and their climate impact at the same time.
Eligible small businesses will be provided with a rebate that covers up to 50 per cent of the cost of an approved small-scale solar PV system up to 30kW, with a maximum rebate of $3,500.
|Tax Time Toolkit For Small Business|
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have released a toolkit to assist businesses to find resources and information which will help during tax time.
|Australian Retailers Association COVIDSafe Plan Virtual Consultations|
The Australian Retailers Association is offering a free one hour confidential virtual consultation to make sure your COVIDSafe plan is following best practice. There are a number of spots still available so book your consultation now.
|Manufacturing and Industry Development Funds Available|
The Business Competitiveness Program will assist small and medium manufacturers with an existing presence in Victoria to expand their manufacturing operations and implement new manufacturing technologies and processes that provide a critical foundation for generating sustainable new local jobs.
|Keep your ABN details up to date this tax time|
While preparing your documents for tax time, don’t forget to check your Australian Business Number (ABN) details are up to date.
While updating your ABN details might be low on your tax time checklist, it’s an important step to ensure:
You need to update your details within 28 days of becoming aware of changes.
Visit the ABR website to update your details today.
|Don't forget to get tested for COVID-19 if you're feeling unwell|
Don’t forget to get tested for COVID-19 if you feel unwell
Everyone who is tested for COVID-19 helps protect our community. If you have symptoms, however mild, please get tested.
Get a test if you are experiencing:
· Runny nose
· Loss of sense of smell/taste
· Sore throat
· Shortness of breath
· Fever or chills
For up-to-date testing centre locations and wait times, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au