FROM THE VICTORIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY_
Bushfires are taking a big toll on Victorian communities and businesses this summer.
While a full assessment of the damage won’t be known for some time, as fires continue to burn, and roads remain closed, they know that many businesses have been damaged or destroyed and trade across the state of Victoria is down.
The VCCI is working closely with the Victorian and Federal Governments to provide information on business impacts and to secure assistance, now for relief and recovery and over the longer term to help businesses across the state keep people in jobs and communities prosperous.
If you have been impacted by bushfire you may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government assistance.
The VCCI has a dedicated bushfire page with information on where to get financial, mental health and other support.
Click here to find out more
As part of their response, the Victorian Chamber and VTIC have established a 12-month, $500,000 support package to assist businesses affected by the Victorian bushfires.
All services under this support package will be provided at no cost to any business in a Victorian natural disaster declared area, including:
• Mental health support with access to a confidential counselling services
• Access to their local training and business mentoring, with a focus on health, safety and wellbeing courses and business restoration
• Access to their Workplace Relations Advice Line
• Membership fee waiver for Victorian Chamber and VTIC members for the next 12 months (this will be automatically applied for eligible members).
To access any of the above services please contact them at 03 8662 5442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support to keep local business in business
Although parts of East Gippsland and north eastern Victoria are, for the moment, unsuitable travel destinations due to the bushfires, most other parts of the state are open for business.
They're calling on governments to support local business and to encourage domestic and overseas visitors to do the same. They're also encouraging all of their members and clients to do what they can to support local business.