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

Wellington Shire Council provides COVID Business Support as part of the State Government’s Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support program. Officers are available to 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 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 our Environmental Health team on 1300 366 244.

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 practical support through a social media platform to encourage people to shop locally (Wellington Still Delivering); and a Wellington-based advertising campaign, The Middle of Everywhere.

Council has announced a second Covid-19 Business Support Package to assist local business recovery from the effects of the pandemic.

The Covid-19 Business Support Package 2.0 will cover a range of initiatives including the waiving of various permits, registrations, fees and support of local Business and Tourism/Trade Associations.

Engagement of the Small Business Mentoring Service

Free sessions with a Small Business Advisor available by appointment.

Contact Geoff Hay, Economic Development on 5142 3043 to arrange a session.

Financial assistance to small businesses to build online capability with ‘click & collect’ on their website

Grants of up to $1,000 available to add an online Shopping Basket to your existing website. Grants provided via application.

Contact Geoff Hay, Economic Development on 5142 3043.

Waiving of Food Act and Public Health and Wellbeing Registration Fees

Council will absorb the cost for 2022 – no fees will be applied. New businesses will still need to register, fees waived on application.

Contact Carly Bloomfield, Environmental Health on 5142 3262.

Waiving of outdoor dining permit fees, roadside trading permit fees, portable advertising/signage permit

Council will absorb the cost of renewals for 2021-2022 – no fees will be applied. Businesses will still need to apply for permits, fees waived on application.

Contact Peter Thompson, Local Laws on 5142 3166.

Rental waivers for Council owned or managed properties

Upon application - waiver for 6 months on a proportionate basis where there has been at least a 30% downturn in revenue.

Contact Daniel Gall, Commercial Property on 5142 3073.

Engagement of Victorian Emergency Ministry to conduct chaplain visits for mental health

Council will engage the services of the Victorian Emergency Ministry to provide support to businesses and their staff.

Implementation of a marketing campaign and competition ‘buy local & win’

Supported through The Middle of Everywhere campaign.

Contact Ashley Smirl, Marketing, Events and Tourism on 5142 3268.

Financial support to Business & Tourism/Trade Associations

Recognising the support provided by local Business and Tourism Associations, Council will fund new and existing membership costs for the next 12 months. (Subject to a successful application to Council by the Association).

Contact your local Business and Tourism Association or Geoff Hay, Economic Development on 5142 3043.

Wellington Still Delivering

Access to the Wellington Still Delivering Facebook page to freely promote local businesses, products and services.

Contact Ashley Smirl, Marketing, Events and Tourism on 5142 3268.

Covid Support for business

To help keep businesses and their customers safe, a free educational service for businesses needing help to be Covid-compliant.

Contact Kirsten Power, Covid Support on 5142 3254 or Rushi Parekh, Covid Support on 5142 3256.

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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