Business support during Coronavirus

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PARTNERS IN WELLBEING HELPLINE (FREE SERVICE)

The Partners in Wellbeing helpline is now available on weekends and weekdays, so small business owners who feel stressed and anxious can get free, confidential support when they need it.

The helpline also provides small business owners with advice on managing debt and financial issues.

Contact the Partners in Wellbeing team on 1300 375 330 for assistance between 9am and 10pm on weekdays, and 9am to 5pm on weekends.  

For more information, go here.

RURAL FINANCIAL COUNSELLING SERVICE (FREE SERVICE)

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 OHS ESSENTIALS PROGRAM (FREE SERVICE)

Need workplace safety advice for your small business? WorkSafe’s free OHS Essentials program offers small businesses confidential, personalised and expert advice in improving workplace safety. This free program helps set small businesses up for success and to maintain COVIDSafe environment. Get access to three consultations with an independent consultant who will support improving the safety in your business. Find more information here.

You can contact Rhonda McInnes from WorkSafe on 0417 344 484 or ohsessentials@worksafe.vic.gov.au.

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COVIDSafe WORK PLAN

The State Government has developed information for businesses about COVIDSafe Work Plans. Their website provides this description about the requirements for these plans: 

It is now mandatory for every Victorian business to have a COVIDSafe Plan. To ensure compliance, random spot checks are underway in regional Victoria. Your COVIDSafe Plan must set out:

  • Your actions to help prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace
  • The level of face mask or personal protective equipment (PPE) required for your workforce
  • How you will prepare for, and respond to, a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace
  • This plan must demonstrate how you will meet all the requirements set out by the Victorian Government. Some higher-risk industries or workplaces have additional requirements of employers and employees.

Businesses must review and update their COVIDSafe Plans routinely, especially when restrictions or public health advice changes. Organisations with multiple worksites must complete a COVIDSafe Plan for each worksite.

More information: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-safe-business/covid-safe-plan