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Today the Premier has announced Regional Opening directions effective 11.59pm Thursday. These directions are limited so please ensure you become familiar with the Table of Restrictions and the Sector guidance once updated. 

Premiers Announcement 8 September 2021
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Link to Table of Restrictions 

Business Directions will be updated later in the week

We are also following up what support is available for regional businesses that cannot open under the new directions or source sufficient business due to Melbourne being in lockdown. 

Minister Pakula has tweeted this today confirming 2 weeks of the new package for Regional Victoria. 

We continue to encourage those who can get vaccinated to take immediate steps to book your vaccination. There are various venues and tools to find an appointment so please join the push.

NEW- Group Vax Bookings.
Open for community service organisations and community members.
🏃🏾‍♂️ General Booking options:
✅ State run clinic
✅ Federal system ( GP/Pharmacy)
✅ Pfizer: real time appointments covering metro and regional sites:
Astra Zenica at Cowes Priceline

If you would like to attend the MAS update on Tuesday 14 September please ensure you book so we can confirm the venue and if we will meet in person. 

Kim Storey            0409 250 895
Pauleen Boulton / Arnika Martin   0466 620 856

Do not forget to follow our Facebook Page, where we share the latest updates and events

For support and resources

Extended Business Support

For further information 

Business Costs Assistance Program
Businesses throughout Victoria will receive automatic payments to cover ongoing costs such as wages, rent, utilities and insurance:
  • $2,800 a week for businesses with an annual payroll below $650,000
  • $5,600 a week for businesses with an annual payroll of $650,000 to less than $3 million
  • $8,400 a week for businesses with an annual payroll of $3 million to $10 million
Businesses will remain eligible while they are unable to operate due to public health restrictions.
Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021
 Licensed hospitality businesses that have previously received grants under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 or July Extension programs will receive automatic payments based on premises capacity:
  • $5,000 for a capacity of up to 99 patrons or where patron capacity is not specified
  • $10,000 for a capacity of 100 to 499 patrons
  • $20,000 for a capacity of 500 or more. 
Hospitality businesses will remain eligible while they are unable to operate due to public health restrictions.
Small Business COVID Hardship Fund
Some 16,000 businesses that have already received a Small Business COVID Hardship Fund grant will receive an automatic top-up payment of $6,000.
This program supports businesses that have been ineligible for Victorian Government business support programs since May but have experienced a reduction in revenue of at least 70 per cent over a two week period. This includes businesses that are legally allowed to operate but are restricted in their ability to generate revenue.
Applications for the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund close on 10 September.

Digital Marketing - One on One Chats with Arnika

Got some spare time in lockdown? Our Digital Media and Marketing Coordinator is offering 30min – 1-hour individual sessions to businesses who need some help or have questions about digital media and social media marketing.
  • Not sure where to start on social media?
  • Struggling to keep up with social media changes?
  • Need advice on website pages?
  • Want to set up an email database?
Please get in touch with Arnika at if you are interested in booking a session.

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ATEC’s ‘Restart Ready’ Tourism Tutorial #5

‘How do vaccinations affect my business?’

The panel, Richard Beere, Fastrak Asian Solutions and Rick Stone, TigerTail discuss the facts and risks around vaccinations and how this affects individual business operations. Tamsin Lawrence, ACCI joins us to share a first look at ACCI’s ‘Employers Guide: COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace’.
When: THURSDAY 9th September
11:00 - 11:45 am (EST)
Register NOW!

Last chance to book for the MAS National Presentation 

Note this will go online if restrictions do not allow, we do need you to register if interested.

MAS supports employment, development and growth opportunities for individuals, employers and communities. Mas website


The People and Culture Checklist Workshop

Presents for all Business/Sole Traders or anyone who has employees

THURSDAY 9 September 2021    -   10.30am - 12NOON

Workshop Overview 

Companies that truly believe their team is the most valuable resource in their business have one thing in common; they don’t leave things to chance. They develop processes, policies, and practices that nurture and develop people to bring the best out of them and allow them to thrive in their roles.

Some of these elements are regulated by workplace law and must be present. Others are best practices in HR management and should be present.

In this workshop, we will run through a checklist of the Essentials of People and Culture.

It will be done logically and sequentially, based on the lifecycle of an employee, and contain hints, tips, and advice on how to achieve a culture and process that nurtures the capability and capacity of your team.

And a warning for those glazing over at this point. Even if you don’t think you’re big enough to need this – think again!

  • If you have one or more employees
  • If you use subcontractors
  • If you ever want to grow your business to be more than just yourself

 You will gain significant insight by investing an hour in this critical aspect of your business.

The webinar will be presented by Videre Consulting’s Michael Schuller, assisted by Julie Sestan, with special guest input from Simon Manning, Phillip Island Business Networks Treasurer & local Business owner of Coastal View Financial Services.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria

Connecting you to key updates.

Top links

Stay COVIDSafe
  • Wear your mask correctly – covering your mouth and nose
  • Get tested immediately if you are ill
  • When open, make sure everyone checks in everywhere, every time
  • Update your COVIDSafe Plan
  • Support your workers to get vaccinated when they’re eligible.

For more information go to or the list of exposure sites.


Financial support for businesses and workers

If your job, business or income has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are a range of ways the Victorian Government can help.


Sector guidance

Guidance and frequently asked questions for different sectors. Sector Guidance. This will be updated later in the week following todays announcement.

Almost all of the current restrictions will remain in place until 70 per cent of Victorians have had at least one dose of vaccine, estimated to be around 23 September.    

For information on current restrictions, visit How we work: Victoria.

Support Helpline

It costs nothing get a free mental health check. If you, your family or workmates are feeling overwhelmed or even just 'not quite right' - make use of the free confidential service. 

More information is available on the Partners in Wellbeing Website.
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