COVID-19 Resources for Business

GMC Members Hotline: 5222 8041
9:30am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday

Federal Government Information & Support for Businesses

Helpline for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19: 13 28 46 (7:00am – 11:00pm, 7 days) or Email 

Federal Government Roadmap – three step framework for easing restrictions & summary

National COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Principles

Relief for Commercial Tenants – Mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies for SME’s impacted by coronavirus

JobKeeper Payment Applications closed

The four major banks have established hotlines for applications for JobKeeper bridging finance & applications will be prioritised. The hotlines are as follows:

  • CBA: 13 26 07
  • ANZ: 1800 571 123
  • Westpac: 1300 731 073 and Westpac’s subsidiaries;
  • St George: 1300 730 196
  • Bank of Melbourne: 1300 784 873
  • Bank SA: 1300 669 472

ATO has set up an Emergency Support Infoline – 1800 806 218

Updates from the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small & Family Business


  • Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off
  • Backing Business Investment (BBI)
  • Supporting the flow of credit
  • Boosting cash flow for employers
  • Supporting apprentices and trainees
  • Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
  • Assistance for affected regions, communities and industries
  • Support for existing government program participants and applicants
  • Coronavirus state and territory assistance and events
  • Employer, finance and business obligations
  • Travelling for work

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme has released a COVID-19 Rapid Response for businesses who have had or are currently in an engagement with the Programme. Current and past clients are encouraged to get in touch with your Adviser or Facilitator to discuss support, advice and opportunities.

AiGroup Advice: Short-term variations to most modern awards to include – Unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave flexibility

State Government Information & Support for Businesses Business Hotline: 13 22 15

Updates on easing of restrictions and support


  • Information on business restrictions
  • Economic Survival and Jobs Package
  • Develop business continuity and recover plans
  • Australian Government Economic Stimulus Package business measures
  • What should you tell your staff?
  • Working for Victoria Fund
  • Mental Health Support

Offices and non-public indoor work settings (at June 12, 2020)

If you and your staff can work from home, you must work from home.

Organisations and employers who are responsible for a workplace should take these actions now to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • if your staff can work from home, they must work from home
  • if your staff can’t work from home, you should encourage flexible working arrangements, including off-peak travel
  • if your employees are unwell they must stay home
  • consider if work-related travel by your staff within Victoria is necessary and delay where possible
  • plan for increased levels of staff absences
  • plan for what to do if staff arrive unwell at work (e.g. identify an isolation room or separated area)
  • display education materials can be downloaded and printed from the DHHS websiteExternal link (opens in same window)
  • keep staff informed of the actions you are taking.
  • consult with Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and keep staff informed of the actions you are taking.

Economic Survival Package Factsheet

Announcement of additional support for businesses participating in JobKeeper

City of Greater Geelong Support for Businesses

Call 5272 5272 or email

Business Support Page


  • Access to free expert advice via Geelong Business Support Program
  • A list of industry specific webinars to support businesses
  • A virtual events calendar for additional online training and webinars
  • Refunds for a number of City of Greater Geelong managed business permit fees
  • 50% rent reduction for eligible commercial tenants in City of Greater Geelong owned buildings or on City land
  • Development of a City of Greater Geelong COVID-19 financial hardship policy, including consideration of rates
  • Free casual on and off-street parking in Central Geelong until 30 June 2020 (time limits apply)

Subscribe to the City of Greater Geelong Eco Dev News here

Fair Work Ombudsman
Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws

Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and preventing infectious diseases in the workplace

Health Related Resources
Department of Health & Human Services (State Government)
Department of Health (Federal Government)
World Health Organisation
Heads Up (Mental Health Support)

Resources from GMC Member Organisations
Findex Government Stimulus Health Check
Findex Key Updates
HR4Business HR Support for GMC Members


Last updated on June 12, 2020