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Victoria To Hit 80 Per Cent First Dose Vaccination Target

STATEWIDE changes to restrictions from today

Victoria has now passed its first threshold on the Roadmap with 80 per cent of Victorians having received their first vaccine dose. There will be a modest easing to restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, in line with the Roadmap.

In Regional Victoria from today, outdoor settings for restaurants and cafes will have their outdoor venue cap increase from 20 to 30 people. Masks may be removed if the service requires it in hair and beauty salons, so facials and beard trimmings can recommence.

Table of Restrictions changes effective today.

Vaccinated Economy Trials

Information regarding Vaccinated Economy Trials in regional Victoria

The Victorian Government will begin trialling new requirements for re-opening at the 70% double dose vaccination thresholds outlined in the Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan.

Destination Phillip Island has been in contact with VTIC to provide information from local tourism operators interested in the trials.  The trial consists of 20 businesses in total across the 6 LGA’s and the sectors identified. We hope to have one to three businesses involved in the region.

Businesses participating in the trial will open to fully vaccinated patrons and will be provided support by the Victorian Government to put in place the processes required to verify the vaccination status of patrons visiting the venue.

The trials are expected to begin in the middle of October 2021 – approximately two weeks before Victoria is expected to reach the 70% double dose vaccination threshold.

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

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ATEC Restart Ready Tourism Tutorial #8

Usually we share the Australian travellers wallet with the rest of the world, right now we have the opportunity for domestic tourism as Australians holiday at home.
As we look forward to anticipated easing of restrictions, we invite you to attend ATEC’s ‘Domestic Ready’ tutorial.
A teaser session, featuring content from the NEW 2021 ‘Domestic Ready’ program, to be released October 2021.
The session will include introductory content from the full program.
1) ‘How Australians Book Domestic Travel’, focussing on the customer journey
2) ‘How to work with the Domestic Travel Trade’.
Presented by Deb Carr – ATEC.
When: THURSDAY 30th September
11:00 - 11:45 am (EST)
Register NOW!

Small-Scale and Craft Program

Through the 2018 election commitment ‘Taking Our Local Produce to the World’, the Victorian Government is supporting small-scale and craft food and beverage producers across Victoria to grow, increase market opportunities, improve resilience and strengthen Victoria’s regional offering to deliver flow-on benefits for jobs and tourism.

The Small-Scale and Craft Program is a four-year program that supports agribusinesses looking to scale-up operations, diversify product lines, expand exports, create new jobs and strengthen tourism in Victoria.

Under the Program, three grant rounds have been delivered:
Stream One – Small-Scale and Craft Business Development: Grants of up to $25,000 for projects that support businesses to scale up/expand their operations and diversify their products
Stream One: Round Two: Grants of up to $15,000 to eligible small-scale
and craft agribusinesses, that support projects to modernise equipment or adopt new technologies, access new markets or develop specialised skills
•  Stream Two – Job Creation and Economic Development: Grants of $25,000 – $200,000 for significant projects that will deliver benefits to the community, increase tourism and jobs and encourage collaboration among the sector
•  Stream Three is now open focusing on creating unique visitor or ongoing tourism experiences that involve and are directly linked to multiple small-scale and craft agribusinesses. 

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Shopfront Improvement Rebate Program

Bass Coast Shire Council have recently received funding from Regional Development Victoria to facilitate a Shopfront Improvement rebate program.

The Shopfront Improvement program will assist businesses and service providers in Bass Coast to improve the appearance of their shopfronts and building facades. Vibrant and attractive streets, shops and public spaces play an important role to prosperous town centres.

Bass Coast Shire Council will allocate up to 25, $2,000 rebates to approved businesses. Due to the ongoing implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will not require matched funding from the business. Some examples of the works that can be completed as part of the program will include:

• Shopfront displays
• External signage
• Painting of the shopfront/façade
• Minor repairs to structural façade elements, awnings and verandas
• Installation of store lighting visible from the street
• Improved accessibility

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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.

PLEASE keep your ATDW listing active

Here’s why ...

One maintained listing on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse automatically feeds into a range of travel and event websites including:
  • Increase your online exposure, (even now as people are researching their next getaway)
  • Generate leads directly to your website, booking platform and social media
  • Improve your search engine optimisation. (SEO)
  • There is no cost to create an ATDW listing (when using a coupon code from DPI)
All you need to do is renew your listing before it expires. (ATDW will notify you)

What happens when your listing expires?
LOADS - none of it good!

Please don't ignore your renewal notice. An expired listing breaks all the links where your business was mentioned on, on our regional websites, on blogs and social media mentions and means starting again with a new listing! (not good for your SEO - terrible for everyone's admin load)
Have you checked your listing recently and does it need updating?
Tips To Optimise Your ATDW Listing
Questions please call Pauleen 0466620856

Covid-19 Update - Carne Group Financial Services
Connecting you to key Covid-19 updates.

Top links

Stay COVIDSafe
  • Wear your mask correctly – covering your mouth and nose
  • Practise good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Get tested immediately if you are ill
  • QR codes - Checking in at venues and facilities helps with contact tracing
  • Update your COVIDSafe Plan
  • Support your workers to get vaccinated 

For more information go to 
Keep up to date with the list of exposure sites.


Discover Ballina - 2021 COVID-19 Support Extended


Financial and other support for COVID-19

Find out about the financial support available to people and businesses affected by COVID-19



Essentials Newsletter  - 22 September 2021

Essentials… Spotlight on Indonesia | Taste of Australia in New York| Australia’s Experiential Luxury on show | and more…

Tourism Australia Industry webinar

Date: Friday, October 8, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM 
Duration: 60 minutes
An update on Tourism Australia’s activities in the business events space as well as about our upcoming domestic gifting campaign that will run in the lead up to the summer holidays.
Register here.

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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