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?  

Contact Council
Call: 13 99 72
Email: council@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. 


Links to Resources

COVID-19 business information

Find out the latest restrictions in place and recovery support available to help your workplace plan and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

How we work: Victoria

See current COVIDSafe Settings for business and industry in Victoria.

QR Code Service and Services Vic App

The Victorian Government QR Code Service is free for all Victorian businesses, organisations, clubs and events. This service helps contact tracers to contain a COVID-19 outbreak.

Signs, posters and templates

A new set of posters and other assets to support your COVIDSafe reopening. 

Face masks

Information about when to wear a face mask in Victoria

Business grants and support

Information about grants and support to help your workplace plan and respond to COVID-19


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

Additional Resources

Business Support Presentation(PDF, 6MB) - What if West Wimmera Shire becomes a hot spot?