Local business support

We recognise the uncertainty many businesses across West Wimmera Shire are experiencing at this moment. Here is the support available for our local business community, information on how to access advice, financial support and practical resources.

The federal and state governments are implementing constantly changing restrictions in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19. Under these restrictions, many businesses might find themselves unable to operate or facing financial hardship.

 Businesses are also required to have a COVIDSafe plan. More information: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/disputes-disasters-and-succession-planning/covid-safe-business/covid-safe-plan


COVID-19 Business Concierge and Support

Having COVID-19 related business problems?

Our Business Concierge and Support Officer, Greg Varidel, is with us to help support local business and community groups through COVID-19 related restrictions.

Click here to view form.

Greg Varidel
Call: 13 99 72
Email: GregVaridel@westwimmera.vic.gov.au

Federal Government Support

The Federal Government have released a number of support packages.

For more information on Federal Government support go to: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses

Also see:

Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit
Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit has been established within The Treasury to engage with business on a regular basis and provide updates to government on crucial issues.

For information about how mediation can help resolve small business dispute, go to: https://www.vsbc.vic.gov.au/dispute-resolution/how-mediation-works/


Rural Financial Counselling Service

Rural Financial Counselling Service is a free, independent, professional planning and support service for farmers

The service provides support and information on financial and legal matters for rural farms, businesses and families in need of assistance. Counsellors work with farmers for as long as needed to get them and their business back on track.

For more information, call 1300 735 578 or go to https://www.wswrcs.com.au/


Business Victoria

For business information, updates and advice on dealing with COVID-19, including information on the government’s response, developing business continuity plans, and other agencies that can help, see Business Victoria’s dedicated web page.

Website: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/disputes-disasters-and-succession-planning/illness-and-business-management-plan/coronavirus-business-support

Business Victoria hotline: 13 22 15. 


Other support services

Uniting Care Wimmera: 1800 195 114

Red Cross: 1800 232 969

Rural Outreach Program: 1300 688 732

Beyond Blue: 1300 66 4636

Victorian Coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398

National Coronavirus hotline: 1800 020 080