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Support for businesses

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Business support for Wodonga

With many businesses calling Wodonga home, we're passionate about supporting your business throughout the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

So, how will the council be assisting business?

  1. We will be paying all suppliers as quickly as possible
  2. Business ratepayers are able to enter into a payment arrangement or apply for financial hardship consideration regarding rates. Each case assessed on individual circumstances with outcomes customised according to the needs of each case
  3. Rent relief by application for business tenants of council-owned buildings or facilities from April to September, 2020. Go to wod.city/AppRentRelief2020
  4. Placing a hold on debt recovery until September 30, 2020
  5. Facilitate and fast-track development applications where possible to assist businesses attempting to diversify, adapt or expand
  6. Working with Business Wodonga on information and assistance for local businesses
  7. Supplying regular updates on what support is available and promoting changed operation conditions

To see what support we're giving to residents and sporting/community groups, please visit wod.city/support-assistance

Small Business Bushfire Financial Counselling Support Line

Financial counsellors on the Small Business Bushfire Financial Counselling Support Line are providing free, independent, non-judgmental and confidential advice to small businesses about managing business and personal debt; disputing matters in external dispute resolution schemes; or renegotiating repayment arrangements on tax, lease, utility, supply or any other business debt.
The free Small Business Bushfire Financial Counselling Support Line number is 1800 413 828 or go to the website at smallbusinessbushfire.org.au


Tell us what you're doing ... we'll help spread the word

Our community is keen to understand who is still operating and in what capacity.

Our City Heart website will be our hub to promote local business. Just fill out our survey to be listed.


Business impact survey

Our Economic Development is in regular communication with the Victorian Government to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our region.

To help us to do this, we need to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on your individual business.

Online business map

Wodonga Council has created an interactive map to help you find your favourite business and their adjusted trading hours or changes.

It's important at this time to support local wherever we can. 

Running a food business?

If your food business has or is planning to change your trading activities to takeaway only, or introducing a home delivery service, please email our Environmental Health team on info@wodonga.vic.gov.au so we can assist you with your changes to food handling and food service.

It is a requirement under legislation for you to notify us as the regulatory authority of any changes to your trading.

We need to confirm your practices and the food you are supplying are safe.

We advise all business owners to monitor the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website for up-to-date information.

For local cafes and restaurants operating from June 1, see the government's hospitality guidelines intended to assist businesses to prepare to safely resume operations in accordance with the easing of restrictions, while also ensuring the public feels confident that their health and safety is being protected.

If you have urgent questions outside council business hours, please call the Victorian Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 and choose the appropriate option.

Reopening during COVID-19?

For business support, advice and information head to the Small Business Victoria website

Additional information and advice


Victorian Government assistance

For the full-range of Victorian Government assistance go to business.vic.gov.au/coronavirus 

Find in-language advice and information, how to access an interpreter, support services and government support at multiculturalcommission.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

The Victorian Government has established an economic survival package to support Victorian businesses and workers through the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package complements the work of the Federal Government.

The package includes the following key programs.

Business Support Fund

The $500 million Business Support Fund has been developed to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Initially only available to certain sectors, on May 1 the Victorian Government announced the criteria will be expanded to include businesses with a wages bill less than the payroll tax threshold of $650,000 that are participating in the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper program, regardless of the sector they operate in. 

Eligible businesses can apply for a one-off $10,000 grant which can be used towards costs such as utilities, rent, salaries and activities to support business continuity planning. For further details, including the eligibility criteria, visit business.vic.gov.au

Payroll Tax Refund

Businesses with annual taxable wages up to $3 million will have their payroll tax for the 2019-20 financial year waived. This will support 24,000 businesses and up to 400,000 workers.

The State Revenue Office will directly contact eligible businesses to reimburse them for payroll tax already paid in the financial year.

Eligible businesses must continue to lodge returns but do not need to make further payments for this financial year. These businesses can also defer paying payroll tax for the first quarter of the 2020-21 financial year.

More information about the administration of these relief measures will be sent directly to eligible businesses. Visit sro.vic.gov.au 

Liquor licence fees waived

Renewable liquor licence fees for 2020 will be waived. Businesses that have already paid will be reimbursed.

The State Revenue Office will administer the reimbursement, regardless of whether the licence fee was paid to it or the Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation. Visit sro.vic.gov.au 

Working for Victoria Fund

Under the $500 million Working for Victoria Fund, displaced workers will be eligible to apply for different types of work. This presents opportunities for paid work and an opportunity to contribute to Victoria’s ability to manage this event and support the community.

Some displaced workers will have skills that can be readily transferred to new roles. The Government can also assist skills development or help people in obtaining immediate accreditation to commence work.

The Government will work across the public sector, local government, the not-for-profit sector and key private sector employers to facilitate job matching. Visit vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria

Land tax deferral

Landowners that have at least one non-residential property and total taxable landholdings below $1 million have the option of deferring their 2020 land tax payment until after 31 December 2020.

The State Revenue Office will contact all taxpayers who are eligible for this deferral. Visit sro.vic.gov.au

Fast tracking outstanding supplier invoices

The Government will pay all outstanding supplier invoices within five business days – releasing up to $750 million into the economy earlier. The private sector is urged to do the same where possible.

Commercial tenancies relief scheme

The commercial tenancy relief scheme is designed to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of COVID-19.

The scheme includes six-month moratorium on commercial tenancy evictions, freeze on rent increases, options to negotiate rent reductions or waivers, and mediation services to support fair tenancy negotiations. Land tax relief may also be provided to landlords that provide rent relief to their tenant.

Conditions and eligibility criteria apply for tenants and landlords. Visit business.vic.gov.au

Business Victoria hotline

Business across the state can now access information on dealing with COVID-19 by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Upskill My Business program

Upskill My Business helps users increase their capabilities and learn vital skills with webinars, articles and courses ranging from innovation to staff development. Some 128 courses are offered in partnership with education leaders including Deakin University and RMIT University. Details are available at upskill.business.vic.gov.au  

Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring Program

Through the Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring Program, mentors will provide mentees with guidance on reducing their business costs, managing cashflow, finding new customers and maximising the benefits of online sales and marketing. 

VCCI will place eligible business owners and sole traders with an appropriate mentor who will conduct up to four sessions over three months, producing a detailed action plan based on the specific needs of each business. To register go to business.vic.gov.au

Federal Government assistance

Federal Government Coronavirus app

The Federal Government has released an official app with all the information you need to know about Coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus Australia lists all the information you need to know about Coronavirus
  • COVIDSafe is designed to speed up the process in contacting people exposed to COVID-19

To download, search for "Coronavirus Australia" or "COVIDSafe" in the App Store or on Google Play.

Government assistance

For the range of Australian Government assistance go to https://business.gov.au/coronavirus

Overall Business Support Information

Relief for Commercial Tenants

Evictions to be put on hold over the next six months for commercial and residential tenancies experiencing financial distress.

A mandatory code of conduct has also been introduced for SMEs with an annual turnover of up to $50mil who are eligible for the JobKeeper payment. The code addresses lease terms and terminations, rent reductions, and ensuring benefits received by property owners are passed down proportionately to tenants.

Eviction Hold for Commercial and Residential Renters

Evections to be put on hold over the next six months for commercial and residential tenancies experiencing financial distress.

Tenants and landlords are encouraged to work together to agree on temporary lease amendments.


JobKeeper payment

Providing eligible businesses a wage subsidy of $1500 per eligible employee, for a maximum of six months. Includes employees who were engaged in employment at 1 March 2020.


Cash flow support for small and medium businesses

The Government is providing temporary, tax-free cash flow boosts of between $20,000 to $100,000 to eligible businesses.

Delivered through credits in the activity statement system, it will provide temporary cash flow support to small and medium businesses to support employers to retain employees.

Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off

Lifting the threshold to $150,000 (from $30,000) and expanding access to businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million) until 30 June 2020.


Backing Business Investment (BBI) – Accelerated Depreciation

A time limited 15 month investment incentive to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by accelerating depreciation deductions.


Boosting cash flow for employers

The Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure will provide up to $25,000 back to business, with a minimum payment of $2,000 for eligible businesses.

The payment will provide temporary cash flow support to small and medium businesses that employ staff.

The payment will be tax free.


Temporary Relief for Financially Distressed Businesses

Temporary increase of the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a company, and the time companies have to respond to statutory demands they receive.

Also includes temporary relief for directors from any personal liability for trading while insolvent, and temporary flexibility in elements of the Corporations Act 2001.


Supporting Apprentices and Trainees

If you employ an apprentice or trainee you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage paid from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020.

You can register for the subsidy from early April 2020.


Support for Coronavirus-affected Regions & Communities

Funds of up to $1 billion available for both during recovery and recovery, to be spent through existing or newly established Government programs or initiatives


Not-For-Profit Organisations

Support for Sole Traders

Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit

Established within The Treasury with the aim to engage with peak business and industry on systemic issues as a result of Coronavirus.


Safe Work Australia

The Safe Work Australia website provides a central hub of work, health and safety (WHS) guidance and tools that you can use to manage health and safety risks posed by COVID-19.

Learn more via their website at safeworkaustralia.gov.au 

Join our Facebook group

We have created a Facebook group for Wodonga business throughout COVID-19. You can share your ideas, resources and get information about the current pandemic.

Join the group here.