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Dear Industry Partners,

Business support packages update for October

The Victorian Government announced on Friday they will be extending the existing business support packages to eligible businesses for the month of October. In addition, they have confirmed that support will continue to be available to affected businesses into mid-November recognising that restrictions will continue to impede operations of some business sectors.           

The funding package announced will provide up to $2.27 billion to support businesses most affected by restrictions as Victoria reaches the 70%, then 80% fully vaccinated thresholds on the state’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan.

The package announced provides businesses with further certainty that support will continue over the next six weeks as you navigate through to our projected reopening at the 80% double-dose marker. 

Business Costs Assistance Program (BCAP)

Up to $1.26 billion will support automatic payments to recipients of the BCAP fund across October and into the first half of November.
Businesses will be eligible to receive two fortnightly payments between 1 and 29 October on a rising scale - 

  • Eligible non-employing businesses will receive $1,000 per week, increasing to $2,800 a week for an annual payroll of up to $650,000
  • $5,600 per week will be made available to businesses with a payroll of between $650,000 and $3 million
  • $8,400 a week will be provided to eligible businesses with a payroll of between $3 million and $10 million.

Businesses that will remain closed or severely restricted between the 70% and 80% double-dose target dates will receive an automatic payment for the period from 29 October to 13 November.
The full list of eligible ANZSIC codes for the Business Costs Assistance Program will be available on the Business Victoria website from tomorrow. Businesses that have previously received or been approved for a BCAP Round Two or July Extension grant will be eligible for these payments.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund (LHVF)

More than 9,000 licensed hospitality businesses that previously received grants under the LHVF or July Extension programs will receive further automatic payments in October. The LHVF payments will deliver up to $407.5 million for the six-week period.
Weekly payment amounts remain aligned to previous premises capacity limits –

  • From 0-99 patrons: $5,000 automatic payments. This also includes where patron capacity is not specified, as in the case of Producers Licenses
  • From 100-499 patrons: $10,000 automatic payments
  • 500+ patrons: $20,000 automatic payments

Between 70% and 80% double-dose, payments for licensed premises in regional Victoria, LHVF payments will be reduced by 50 per cent as the economy continues to progress to greater levels of freedom

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

Some $600 million has been added to the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund, taking the total program over this lockdown period to $1.3 billion.

The existing $700 million funding pool has been fully subscribed and a new allocation has been applied in order to leave this critical resource open to eligible businesses. The new allocation will see 65,000 businesses supported with one-off grants of $20,000.

The Fund has been designed to support businesses that have suffered significant losses due to the pandemic. Importantly, this Hardship Fund includes businesses legally allowed to operate, but restricted in their ability to generate revenue. Previously this segment had fallen between the cracks in terms of government support, and the Hardship Fund was expanded to cover the challenges for these businesses. 


Well done all Keep up the good work! - happy minions | Meme Generator

COVID-19 vaccine rates in Bass Coast 

👍 Keep up the good work 👌  
Vaccinations protect you, your family, friends and our community ❤️

Data updated 3rd October 2021
64% are fully vaccinated
93.9% of Bass Coast population aged over15 have had their first dose

We are here to support you, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Pauleen. 

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

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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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Victorian Chamber Upcoming Events
Business Boost Webinar Series
Join us for a series of free 45-minute webinars to help support your business during lockdown and prepare you for reopening.  Hosted by subject matter experts, the webinars will provide advice on key topics including managing employee entitlements, digital marketing in the post-pandemic world, business survival tips, mental health, how to recruit apprentices, cyber security and COVIDSafe practices.
Business boost

Upcoming Business Boost Webinar Series topics

COVIDSafe practices in the workplace Digital marketing in a post-pandemic world Business survival ideas and tips Looking after the mental health of you and your employees
How the new super stapling rules impact your business There’s never been a better time to employ an apprentice or trainee The 12 Days of Threatmas - what you need to know about cyber scams
Business boost
The Victorian Chamber has your back and is here to support your business through lockdown and out the other side of the pandemic. These free webinars will feature presentations as well as provide attendees the chance to have key questions answered via a live Q&A.
Let’s make the most of lockdown and get ready to hit the ground running once the doors swing open again.
Register for these free webinars today!

National Business Events Program grants

New Funding Stream for Regional Victoria
Victoria’s National Business Events Program (NBEP) is back with a new funding stream added to attract events to be hosted in regional Victoria in addition to Melbourne.

The initial program launched earlier this year to support events in Melbourne, has now been expanded to support event organisers looking to hold events anywhere in regional Victoria.
Applications are now open, with grants available up to $25,000 for event organisers of new eligible events - conferences, trade exhibitions, workshops, corporate meetings and incentive group events.

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.


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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