New tech adoption support for businesses

The Andrews Labor Government is helping small to medium-size businesses implement digital solutions that improve productivity, drive growth and create jobs through a new funding program.

The grants fall under one of two funding streams:

  • Stream 1 allows small to medium-sized enterprises to partner with a specialised technology provider to improve their productivity and competitiveness. The partnerships may include implementing new e-commerce systems, artificial intelligence or machine learning processes, data analytics, robotics or cyber security technology.
  • Stream 2 is for companies involved in technology development to create new products and services. Product development could be across areas including micro or nanotechnology, software for business-to-business messaging, fintech applications, healthcare equipment and retail technology.

The Labor Government will match contributions from applicants, with those applying required to contribute a minimum of $20,000 towards the total cost of projects.

Wages Subsidy Fund Open For Business

As part of the landmark Jobs Victoria initiative, Victorian small and medium-sized businesses, sole traders, local councils, social enterprises, universities and not-for-profits are invited to apply for a share of $250 million in wage subsidies to create new jobs for at least 10,000 people.

The Fund will help Victorian businesses and organisations to rebuild and grow by providing a wage subsidy of up to $20,000 per eligible employee to meet the costs of taking on new workers for the first 12 months of their employment.

The Jobs Victoria Fund recognises that women’s employment has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, with $150 million of the fund dedicated to supporting women back into work, including $50 million supporting women over the age of 45.

The Fund also focuses on people looking for work who are young, those who have been unemployed for six months or more, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, refugees and asylum seekers, and people living with a disability.

For more go here –

Cutting Energy Costs for Small Businesses

Recently we announced two new programs to help Victorian small businesses slash their energy bills and help them recover from the impacts of coronavirus.

The Solar for Business Program will provide 15,000 solar rebates to eligible small businesses, covering up to 50 per cent of the cost of a rooftop solar system up to $3,500.

The Small Business Energy Saver Program will provide bonuses of up to $2,000 to help small business install energy-efficient equipment such as air-conditioning, refrigeration equipment and heat pumps.

These programs are part of a more than $46 million investment in the 2020-21 State Budget dedicated to cheaper clean energy and energy efficiency for small business.

Business Costs Assistance Program Now Open

The new $92 million Business Costs Assistance Program is part of the Victorian Government’s $143 million Circuit Breaker Action Business Support Package and will assist small businesses, including sole traders, in highly impacted sectors, such as hospitality, food wholesaling, tourism, events, and selected retail.

The program offers grants of $2000 to small businesses, including sole traders, regardless of whether they employ people or not.

The grants will support businesses in eligible sectors who have incurred direct costs because of the circuit breaker action, such as the loss of perishable goods and flowers, booking cancellations, and foregone trading.

Details on full eligibility criteria, program guidelines, how to apply – click the link attached to this post.

Applicants should be encouraged to read all the information on this page, including the program guidelines and the frequently asked questions (FAQs) before applying.

The program will be open for applications until the date the program funds are exhausted or 11:59 pm on 16 March 2021, whichever is earlier.

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

Small-scale and Craft Program stream one round two now open
Calling all local small-scale and craft producers! A new round of funding through the Small-Scale and Craft Program is now open.
If you’re looking to modernise your equipment or adopt new technologies, diversify your product range, or expand your outreach then this opportunity could be for you. Eligible agribusinesses can receive up to $15,000 in funding through the program.
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Business Development Officer - Yarra Ranges Council
Looking for a job, or know others who are?

A job search can be a daunting task and you may not know where to start. It’s competitive and you want to stand out to potential employers and clearly demonstrate your skills, experience and can-do attitude.

Check out these free one-hour job search webinars for essential information on how to most effectively search for a job. The webinars are hosted by your Yarra Ranges Council and we are joined by experts and support services who will share their information and advice. This builds on the information on the employment resources for job seekers on the business page of the council website.

Keep an eye on the Yarra Ranges Business Facebook page and their e-newsletter.

To register and for more details about topics and speakers follow these links.

3 March, 1:30pm-2:30pm              Job search strategies and skills

11 March, 1:30pm-2:30pm           Resume, Cover letter writing and more

17 March, 1:30pm-2:30pm           Using LinkedIn and managing your digital profile

22 March, 1:30pm-2:30pm           How to prepare for a job interview

Employment Plus are here to help employers…

Here at Employment Plus, we look at employment a little differently. To us, a job is never just a job. We know that to you, it’s your future, your livelihood and a way to connect with society.

We’ve placed over half a million people in jobs in over 200,000 businesses, and we are proud to support those with a disability, injury or health condition.

Did you know? 

Hiring a person with a disability or a medical condition is not only important for society, it’s good for business. People with a disability generally take fewer days off, less sick leave and stay in jobs longer.

Looking to hire? When you work with Employment Plus, you get:

  • Employee training – We work with our candidates to ensure they are work ready. We also offer employers training and trade tickets to upskill your workers.
  • Workplace adjustments- We help with appropriate environmental adjustments, uniforms, or equipment to hit the ground running from day one.
  • Post placement support- Our job doesn’t end the day you hire – we’ll work with you and the employee to ensure placement success.

Support for Business

Dear all,

Firstly, I wanted to simply touch base. I’ve heard from many of you in our area about your experiences and challenges throughout the restrictions we’ve had in place. And I understand how tough it has been. I’ve said it before, but it’s worthwhile touching on that it’s been incredibly heartbreaking to have to say to businesses to pause in many instances, having a significant impact on so many.

I wanted to pass on details of the latest State Gov Business Support Package:

Business Resilience Package

Recently the Victorian Government announced a $3 billion package as a suite of measures to assist businesses impacted by the restrictions and to help businesses adapt to the COVID-Normal that we are working towards. This is the largest ever support package delivered to businesses in Victoria – because it needs to be.

Includes: 3rd Round BSF, Sole Trader Support Fund, Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund, Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package, Well-being and Mental Health Support, Business Adaption Grants among other assistance

Subscribe to Business Victoria’s newsletter to get updates on any of these –

Applications now open – Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring

Last week, the Victorian Government joined with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in launching a new business mentoring initiative to help small business owners navigate the challenges posed by coronavirus.

Applications are open now on the VCCI website.

Through the $10 million program, eligible business owners can receive up to four 2-hour mentoring sessions with an experienced professional who will help them make informed decisions about the future of their business.

The program offers tailored guidance on:

  • Business recovery – to strengthen business recovery (cost reduction, debt and cashflow management)
  • Market transformation – to understand how coronavirus (COVID-19) has triggered or accelerated market changes
  • Digital literacy and engagement – to help businesses reach new customers and markets
  • Market and supply chain diversification – to reduce exposure to supply chain risks
  • Reskilling and retraining – to help businesses upskill their existing workforce

    Go to the Bus Vic Website for this and more on supports available.

Business Development Officer - Yarra Ranges Council
Victorian Major Projects Pipeline

The Victorian Major Projects Pipeline has been designed to make it easier for businesses, suppliers and contractors to contribute to the major projects that will transform the state over the next decade and beyond.

Search for projects using relevant filters or toggle between the List and Timeline to view projects by estimated value, region, project type and relevant delivery agency. This site will also be updated quarterly as new major projects are announced and budgeted.