Local Business Plays Key Role in Fighting COVID-19 Locally
Say g’day to the team Crux Biolabs – who are taking the fight up to COVID from right here in Bayswater, conducting critical research to help combat the virus.
It was great to be given a guided tour by their CEO, Catherine and COO, Kate, to get a good sense of what they do in their labs – and I really appreciated them being able to put it in terms I understood (via Star Wars references).
I’m really proud of the work they and their team do – and I’m stoked they’ve received a grant from the State Government. As a part of our Technology Adaption and Innovation Grants program, they will be sharing in close to $200,000 going to a handful of well deserving local businesses.
Looking forward to seeing what’s next in store for Crux!
*Photos prior to restrictions.
Funding Sustainable Solutions for Packaging Waste
I encourage small to medium businesses, not for profit organisations and social enterprises locally to apply for up to $50,000 grants now open through the Investment Support Grants – Packaging.
This funding will support businesses to create innovative solutions for packaging waste, including turning it into new products. Getting more value from our packaging waste will play an important role in transforming Victoria’s recycling sector, contributing to a strong and sustainable economy.
Sparky on a Mission!

Say g’day to the team from McCartney Electrical Solutions. It was great to catch up with them recently and have a chat about what they’ve been up to.

Their Managing Director, Jonno, has a real passion for educating the next generation of electricians – so much so that he and his team were recognised at the Championing Industry in Victorian Schools event earlier this year.

Chatting with Jonno, his passion is clear – and he doesn’t buy into the rhetoric of some that young people are lazy and don’t want to put in the hard yards. His apprentices are living proof. Believing that they can do the job, and to learn, is the first, most important step.

McCartney Electrical are also part of my industry roundtable for the Bayswater Education Plan.

So, a massive shout out to the whole team there – for giving young people a shot at upskilling and getting skills they’ll carry with them for life.

Keep up the great work!

*Pre restrictions

Now Open: Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

The Victorian Government is always looking for more ways to support more businesses in need. That’s why the Victorian Government’s Small Business COVID Hardship Fund will assist eligible small and medium businesses:

  • whose operations have been severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place between 27 May 2021 and August 2021
  • that have experienced at least a 70% reduction in turnover as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions, and
  • that are ineligible for other key COVID-19 Victorian Government business grant programs that have been announced since 27 May 2021.

The program offers grants of $10,000 to eligible small and medium businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses.

It’s specifically designed to help businesses that are able to operate but that have a significantly reduced customer base due to the restrictions, such as pharmacists located in the CBD or manufacturers supplying closed venues, and those whose orders and bookings have been cancelled due to restrictions, such as catering businesses.

More information, is available at https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/small-business-covid-hardship-fund 

SDI Australia – Another Great Local
SDI Australia, a family business, grew from humble beginnings to now employing hundreds of locals, manufacturing thousands of specialised dental equipment. And I’m so proud that it’s located in the very heart of the Bayswater Business Precinct!
So well regarded are SDI, they were recently successful in the latest round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Global Gateway Grants program, meaning they will be sharing in over $280,000 to a handful of great local businesses.
My thanks to Samantha for the personal guided tour, and for the hospitality of everyone there. Can’t wait to see them go from success to success!
Electric Vehicles Leading The Way Locally
It’s no secret I love getting out and about to our local businesses – but it’s always an added bonus when I get to ride an electric bike!
My thanks to the team at EVS – Electric Vehicles Pty Ltd for hosting me and giving me a crash course in what you do (luckily the crash part didn’t extend to my jaunt on the bike)
It was great to celebrate their recent successful Technology Adaption and Innovation Fund grant application – courtesy of the Andrews Labor Government, as well!
Established in 2004, and located in Knoxfield, Electric Vehicles specialise in personal electric transport solutions – and their passion for not just the environment, but their whole team, was evident.
I’m always proud to represent great businesses like this – and I’m always going to go into bat for them. Keep up the great work!
Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two & Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund

Applications are now open for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension and the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension. The extended programs give eligible businesses that did not apply in June, or have since become eligible, an opportunity to apply for the equivalent of July Top-Up Payments.

Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension

Details on full eligibility criteria, program guidelines, how to apply and FAQs are available at Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension

Details on full eligibility criteria, program guidelines and FAQs are available at Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension

Applications are open until 11:59pm 13 August 2021.

Businesses seeking advice can be directed to the Business Victoria Hotline on 13 22 15

Support Builds For Businesses Through Lockdown

An injection of $282.5 million means 90,000 Victorian businesses and sole traders will now share in up to $484.3 million in support for the 12 days of the current vital public health action, with automatic top-ups for the lockdown extension to be made in coming days.

Eligible Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund recipients will receive $4,200, taking the total payment to $7,200, while Business Costs Assistance Program recipients will receive $2,800, increasing the total grant to $4,800.

Businesses that had chosen not to apply for these support programs in relation to the May/June lockdown, or had been ineligible to apply but are now eligible, will be welcome to apply for July lockdown support payments and will be considered outside of the automatic top-up process.


Discussions with the Commonwealth Government have confirmed that the vast majority of microbusinesses not registered for GST will be eligible for the Covid-19 Disaster Payment of $600/$375 per seven-day period. The Victorian Government will establish a concierge service to help these businesses access this support. 

More information about businesses support is available at business.vic.gov.au.


Business Support Package

The Victorian Government is backing businesses most affected by the seven-day circuit breaker action, including operators in the hospitality, retail, events and creative industries with further targeted support.

Victorians and Victorian businesses are doing the hard thing, but the right thing – keeping their doors shut to keep all of us safe.

That’s why we are announcing a $250.7 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package to help up to 90,000 Victorian businesses that have been affected by the restrictions that will run until 11:59pm on Thursday, 3 June.

The package features three initiatives for small to medium-sized businesses and sole traders.

The $190.01 million second round of the Business Costs Assistance Program will offer grants of $2,500 for eligible businesses directly affected by the circuit-breaker industry restrictions.

Businesses can register their interest in the Business Costs Assistance Program at business.vic.gov.au, so they can be notified when applications open this week. Operators eligible for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payment will be contacted directly by email in coming days.

Grant opportunity: National Business Events Program

The Andrews Labor Government has opened the National Business Events Program to support the business events sector and boost the number of interstate visitors to Melbourne, now open to applications for grants of up to $25,000.


The program is being administered by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) with eligible events including conferences, exhibitions, tradeshows, workshops and seminars. Up to 50 per cent of funding will be payable before the event commences to minimise upfront expenses for organisers.


To be eligible for funding, events must have a minimum two-day program and attract at least 150 in-person delegates, with 30 per cent or more of patrons coming from interstate. Other eligibility criteria include:

  • Have a minimum two-day business event program (with one-night stay).
  • Be a business to business (B2B) national event
  • Be held prior to 31 December 2022.
  • Venue cannot be contracted


Further information on eligibility criteria are in the Guidelines, which I have attached for your reference. To apply, go here: https://www.melbournecb.com.au/plan-event/national-business-events-program/.