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building & development
Your Business
Information for people at all stages of their business. Find out about government programs, workshops, permits and organisations to support the business sector. This page also includes COVID-19 support programs. If you want to start a business or are ready to take the next step to expand or move online, we can help.


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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, you can email us.

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Business Support

If you want to start your own business, or you're looking for advice on growing your business, we can help you make sense of all the information out there. We can work with you to:

  • help you understand which government agencies can assist you
  • find appropriate training
  • help identify commercial land and property
  • introduce you to business associations and networks.

Australian businesses need to meet a range of Federal, State and Local regulations.

For information on local business issues such as planning, building permits, health regulations and local laws, contact us.

Business Victoria has information on issues such as trading hours, business registration, public health, occupational health and safety, consumer and tenancy enquiries.

The Australian Government business portal provides information on issues such as taxation, business activity statements and Australian Business Numbers.

Work My Own Way

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. Visit the Work My Own Way website to learn more.

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.

Small Business Bus

Are you looking to start a small business but not sure how?  Do you own a business and need expert advice on how to grow and thrive?

The Small Business Bus offers:

  • Free confidential mentoring provided by a small business specialist.
  • Advice on developing your business idea, formulate a business plan, marketing your business, improving your understanding of cash flow management and more.
  • Friendly assistance from a Small Business Victoria's programs and services information officer.

Dates for the small business bus sessions will be released in early 2021.

Gippsland Business Connect

Find local businesses, local experts, business events, business news, upcoming projects and procurement opportunities to help you reach your potential on Gippsland Business Connect.

Gippsland Jobs Hub

Connect with local job seekers via Gippsland Jobs Hub

Employers can post a free job post to 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, email us at

Drought Assistance

Council can help you access information; help determine eligibility and provide details on which agency can answer questions related to your circumstances. For more information, visit our drought assistance page.

Small Agribusiness Initiative

The Agribusiness program was identified last year to help farming businesses and enterprises think about diversification and value adding program.

This initiative will be undertaken over the coming 12 months and funded from Regional Development Victoria - Community Priorities Funding.

We are seeking farms and farming enterprises that would like to be involved.

The program will be delivered through online group sessions, workshops and initiatives by Ion Group. They have a lot of experience in farming consulting projects with a strong agribusiness background.  

Please contact our Drought Assistance Officer on 5153 9500 or Leigh Crocker from Ion Group on 0419 359 409 or visit the Ion Group website.

Supporting businesses through COVID-19

Last year, Council developed a package to help businesses through the pandemic.

The package included waiving and refunding some fees from 1 April to 30 June 2020.

The waivers and refunds applied to:

  • roadside trading permits
  • goods on footpath permits
  • health registrations

Elements of the package that apply in 2021 are:

For commercial leases and licences of Council-managed land, between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021:

  • any market rental review scheduled to occur between these dates will be held over until the next market rent review is due.
  • No CPI rent increase

We have also put in place other measures to help businesses access relevant information, including:

  • Business outreach program
  • Implement a business concierge program to assist with COVID recovery
  • Deliver business improvement webinars per industry sector, or on specific topics identified by businesses
  • Provide Business Marketing Support (e.g. offer online workshops to help businesses set up/grow information channels; and help identify and craft messaging to inform potential new customers about their offering and provide existing customers with updates).

Business Victoria Business Resilience Package

This package includes cash grants, tax relief and cashflow support. It will be delivered to businesses that have been most affected by COVID-19 restrictions. The package will help businesses survive and keep Victorians in jobs.

It includes support for licenced hospitality businesses, sole traders, and business chambers and trader groups.

For more details or to apply, visit the Business Victoria website.

Australian Government support

The Australian Government has a $18.9 billion economic plan in response to COVID-19.

We are happy to chat with you about which package is right for you. Some of the packages still available are:

Increasing the Instant Asset Write Off - The instant asset write-off threshold has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000, with expanded access to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50m) until 30 June 2020.

Boosting Cash Flow for Employers - Provides up to $25,000 to small and medium-sized businesses, with a minimum payment of $2,000 for eligible businesses. The payment will provide cash flow support to businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million that employ staff.

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Workshops and training

Council offers a range of workshops and training each year.

Our 2021 program will begin in February; sessions will be held online until further notice.

Subscribe to the Business Connect newsletter to receive the latest workshops and training news for business in East Gippsland.

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Friday, January 29, 2021