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A Special Council Meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 5:00:00 PM to consider last week’s Future Melbourne Committee’s recommendations regarding business support measures.

The COVID-19 Business Support package is expected to assist businesses affected by the state-wide emergency measures put in place, which include social distancing to prioritise health and safety.

The COVID-19 Business Support package includes grants to develop online and e-services, training and capital works grants to be made available for application as soon as possible.

Papers for the meeting is expected to be on the website latest first thing in the morning.


Parking officers on patrol


Our parking officers continue to patrol the city streets in response to complaints from residents and businesses.

In these exceptional times, we’ll use our discretion and only issue fines when vehicles are parked unsafely. This includes parking in disability bays without a permit, blocking driveways, clearways or lanes, parking too close to intersections, or parking in resident permit zones.


Call our Business Concierge service

Our Business Concierge service has been expanded.

We’re available for immediate advice for businesses affected by COVID-19 on 9658 9658 (press 1 for business). Available 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on weekends.


City of Melbourne Business webpage

Please refer to our Business webpage for latest information including a link to other government and associated bodies support programs.

Please ensure all members are subscribed to receive the newsletter which is currently scheduled to be distributed Fridays.




Information regarding other support available is listed here for your consideration:



Alibaba Virtual Summit – The how-to guide for Australian and New Zealand businesses


Friday 26 March session;  Alipay— Enabling you to Connect with Millions of Chinese Users.

You’ll learn how the Alipay Super App, with more than a billion users with its partners worldwide, can assist travel, retail and hospitality businesses to drive engagement with Chinese visitors and migrants, grow footfall and build consumer loyalty.

Suggested Audience: Retailers, restaurants, tourism and hospitality businesses

Date: Friday 26 March 2020 Time: 14:00-15:20 AEDT




Australian Banking Association


Australian banks will defer loan repayments for small businesses affected by COVID-19 for six months



Your members may wish to attend a webinar on cashflow management with Pitcher Partners

The Victorian Chamber will this Wednesday 25 March host cashflow management experts from leading accounting and advisory firm Pitcher Partners for a ‘Cashflow management in a crisis’ webinar. The webinar is being held from 11am to 12noon and will provide advice to members on a range of business challenges you’re likely facing at this time. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get practical advice you can action straight away.

Visit the Victorian Chamber website to register now for this webinar.

Crisis information resource webpage

ATO support for business

Anyone impacted by COVID-19 is advised to contact the ATO to request assistance on the ATO Emergency Support Infoline 1800 806 218, when they are ready, to discuss their situation.