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Business Support

Bushfire Recovery

The impact on business and the economy caused by the recent bushfire and current COVID 19 pandemic varies greatly for each industry sector. If not directly affected by the fires, business operators are experiencing an upheaval of normal trade and tourism.


This is particularly evident for tourism, retail, agriculture, horticulture and seafood operators.


Council is working closely with all levels of government recovery support agencies, tourism bodies and industry leaders to plan for immediate and future recovery for the regions economy.


Immediate help is available whilst council works with the business community to understand the medium and longer term priorities. 


Drought assistance

Alongside the current bushfire event, East Gippsland continues to experience a prolonged drought following below average to lowest on record rainfall since 2016.


View information about agencies and programs that are offering support. Council can help you access information, help determine eligibility and provide details on the which agency can answer questions related to your circumstances.


Please don't self-assess when considering your eligibility for various grants and programs, contact our Economic Development team for more information on 5153 9500 or email.


What's On for Business


Work My Own Way Program

Access a seasoned entrepreneur or business professional as a sounding board.


Help develop and review your ideas, confidential conversations to manage your issues, help you with accountability and help close your skill gaps.


Work My Own Way is an Australian Government initiative to support Gippslanders to become self-employed. Whether you want to become a freelancer, small business owner, start-up founder or consultant, we're here to give you the confidence and skills to get your business off the ground or jump hurdles as you build.


Workshop dates


Gippsland Jobs Hub

Need more staff?  Connect with local job seekers via Gippsland Jobs Hub.


Employers can access a community of willing and active local candidates.


You can also promote your opportunities on the web and mobile, as well as showcase your vacancies on social media and access supporting information and useful links.


For information on support available for business, recent research, statistical data, and advice about business opportunities or niche markets, assistance with funding applications or general knowledge, contact the Economic Development Unit.


Information about the region can also be found on the following links. 


Visit East Gippsland

Economic Profile                                   

Community Atlas



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