COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Business Support


For information on Council managed facilities and services, please visit our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page.

Expand the drop-down lists below to view current business support options available.

COVID Business Support Officers

Wellington Shire Council has appointed two COVID Business Support Officers, as a part of the State Government’s Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support program.

They will provide advice to help high-risk locations like markets and shopping strips operate within COVIDSafe requirements such as checking in, physical distancing and cleaning.

They will also work with local hospitality businesses, community venues and small retailers – including hairdressers, butchers, and milk bars – to ensure they can stay COVIDSafe, as well as delivering a wide range of information on COVIDSafe practices to the community.

If you would like advice about COVIDSafe requirements for your business, you can contact one of our COVID Business Support Officers:

Kirsten Power


Phone: (03) 5142 3254

Rushi Parekh


Phone: (03) 5142 3256

State government circuit breaker business support package

If you own or operate a business in Wellington, financial support packages may become available via Business Victoria (state government) for eligible small to medium businesses and sole traders when a lockdown or restrictions are enforced.

Visit Business Victoria to register your interest in a Circuit Breaker Business Support Package and you will be notified when applications are open.

How we work: Current restrictions

For the most up to date information about the current restrictions in Victoria, the State Government has a summary of the key restrictions for the community and workplaces in many industries. More>

Outdoor dining facilitation and support

Wellington Shire Council is on hand to assist local businesses re-activate as the region begins to open again following the state government's further lifting of its COVID-19 restrictions.

As restrictions change, the most accurate information about patron caps, density limits, mask requirements and contact-tracing record keeping can be found on the State Government’s Coronavirus information website. More>

You can view the current restrictions and requirements for cafes and restaurants here.

You can also contact one of our COVID Business Support Officers for current advice and support in ensuring that your business meets the current COVIDSafe requirements.

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Wellington Shire Council COVID-19 Support

Wellington Shire Council  Has delivered a range of initiatives to support local small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes a plan for practical support including meeting with businesses the establishment of a social media platform to encourage people to shop locally (Wellington Still Delivering); and a Wellington-based advertising campaign, The Middle of Everywhere.

Although there are several initiatives that have expired, businesses are still eligible for the waiving of business fees including:

• 2021 Annual Food and Health Registration Fee

Concierge – Business Support Service

Wellington Shire Council is offering a business support service for new and existing businesses within the region.

The service is highly tailored to your business, as we work alongside you to achieve your business goals, and provide only the information that is relevant to you.

We can help you with navigating the various services on offer, walk you through the process, and follow up to make sure you are on track.

For more information, contact our Senior Economic Development Officer:

Geoff Hay


Phone: (03) 5142 3043

Federal Government Support

JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme

The JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme is an incentive for businesses to employ additional young job seekers aged 16-35. Eligible employers can access the JobMaker Hiring Credit for each eligible additional employee they hire between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021. More>

Supporting apprentices and trainees

If you employ an apprentice or trainee between 5 October 2020 and 31 March 2022, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wages paid for a 12 month period from the date of commencement. More>

Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off

The instant asset write-off threshold has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000 and expanded access to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million). This applies from 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2021, for new or second-hand assets first used or installed ready for use in this timeframe. More>

Backing Business Investment (BBI)

A time limited 15 month investment incentive to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by accelerating depreciation deductions. This applies to eligible assets acquired from 12 March 2020 and first used or installed by 30 June 2021. Businesses with a turnover of less than $500 million will be able to deduct 50 per cent of the cost of an eligible asset on installation, with existing depreciation rules applying to the balance of the asset cost. More>

State Government Support

Business Recovery Advisory Service

Business owners in Wellington Shire and East Gippsland have access to a free Business Recovery Adviser for help with all aspects of business operations, recovery planning and resilience building strategies. This support can help you to develop a sustainable business so that you can strengthen and grow through the recovery period and beyond. More>

Jobs Victoria Fund

The Jobs Victoria Fund is providing wage subsidies to assist Victorian businesses to employ at least 10,000 people who are looking for work. This Fund will support employers to grow and recover while helping Victorians looking for work into steady jobs. More>

Payroll Tax Refunds

Eligible employers with up to $10 million in taxable wages will be entitled to a credit of 10 cents for every dollar paid that are above the previous financial year’s wages. This New Jobs payroll tax credit is explained here.

Liquor Licence Fees Waived

Renewable liquor licence fees for 2021 will be waived. Businesses that have already paid will be reimbursed.

Business Specific Support

Premises that sell/provide food to the public

The Victorian Government has released the Business Victoria Industry Restart Guidelines - Hospitality. Visit the Business Victoria Accommodation and Food Services sector guidance page to view a copy of the guidelines along with frequently asked questions. Free Online Training is also available.

Advice for food businesses is available on the Advice for food businesses on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) page of the Health Victoria website and also the Novel Coronavirus and Food Safety page of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website.

Accommodation providers

The Victorian Government has released the Business Victoria Industry Restart Guidelines - Accommodation.

Advice for hotels and hotel staff is available on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for hotels and hotel staff page of the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Environmental Cleaning

Advice on cleaning protocols is available from the Australian Government Department of Health Environmental Cleaning and disinfection principles for COVID-19 fact sheet.

Promotional materials for public display

A range of promotional material for businesses is available on the Promotional material - coronavirus disease (COVID-19) page of the Victorian Government Health and Human Services website. There are more business specific promotional materials available on the Victorian Government Coronavirus website.

Food Business Home Delivery Guide

The Food Business Home Delivery Guide is for food businesses that offer home delivery of perishable food items in unrefrigerated vehicles.

Gippsland Business Connect

Gippsland Business Connect is a B2B platform sponsored by the Wellington Shire Council.

It is free for local businesses, and will help you:

  • Build your brand and promote your expertise, goods and services
  • Find local business events and training relevant to you
  • Share your business's good news
  • Access local business leads and hear about big projects and procurements
  • Find local suppliers
  • Discover other local businesses you did not know existed.

It is completely free and is a great way to connect your business with other businesses and new customers.  

Find out more, or sign up at

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