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Victoria’s COVID Roadmap: what businesses should expect in 2021

The Victorian Roadmap has been developed based on expert modelling from the Burnet Institute and is set against COVID-19 thresholds including hospitalisation rates, and the vaccination targets already set out in the National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response. As we reach 70 per cent and 80 per cent double dose vaccination targets, the

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Recovery plans are crucial for small business certainty

On this national Family Business day, the State Small Business Commissioners and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman have met to further our collaborative efforts within our jurisdictions, to support our nation’s vital small business community. In recognising the outstanding contributions of health professionals and clinicians throughout this pandemic, we also seek to

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70% of Aussie businesses? How to work with family

According to Family Business Australia, 70 percent of all businesses in Australia are family businesses. While working with family can be rewarding, it also has its challenges. Although the start of the working relationship can seem easy, good preparation now can help avoid future trouble and long term challenges for family relations down the track. Maintaining good

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Free vaccination advice and other SMB employee concerns

Small businesses may be eligible for free, tailored written advice from the FairWork Ombudsman. Small businesses can apply to receive free advice on employee pay and entitlement issues, including those that relate to vaccination, through the FairWork Ombudsman’s Employer Advisory Service (EAS). The EAS can give eligible small businesses written advice about: employees’ entitlements under

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Northwest NSW small businesses cautiously optimistic

The region welcomes the COVID re-opening plan but challenges remain. We spoke to Joe Townsend, Regional Manager for Business NSW in the northwest of the State, expected to be one of the first areas to have stay-at-home orders lifted. What does the re-opening roadmap mean for small businesses in your region? The announcement makes us

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Export experts helping Aussie agribusiness go global

The Victorian Government has appointed three agriculture export specialists to help our agribusinesses to establish more trade pathways. Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas today announced the new agriculture-focused specialists would provide in-market support from Victorian Government Trade and Investment Offices in China, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. “There is a significant opportunity in South-East

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Hospitality down 30% since the start of the year nationally

While New South Wales, metropolitan Melbourne and the ACT remain in lockdown (regional Victoria, excluding Shepparton, will emerge from lockdown tomorrow), this week’s consumption data presents the most encouraging picture for some time. While there are clearly still major challenges, with Melbourne and Sydney to remain in lockdown until they hit vaccination targets (likely in

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Re-opening plan for NSW businesses

Stay-at-home orders will be lifted for those who have been vaccinated once the community achieves the 70% vaccination goal, hopefully in October. And in welcome news for our regions, lockdowns for those Local Government Areas at low risk for COVID transmission will also be partially lifted from as early as this Saturday, 11 September. While

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‘Border Brokers’ to support border businesses impacted by lockdowns

The Victorian Government will deploy a team of locally based ‘Border Brokers’ to support industries and businesses impacted by restrictions on Victoria’s borders with New South Wales and South Australia. Towns split by interstate borders are used to living as one community and we know industries and businesses on the border face unique challenges. Local

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