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New Small Business Commissioner Appointed

Business owners will have a new Small Business Commissioner to help resolve disputes and provide advice, with Lynda McAlary-Smith appointed to the role. An experienced public service executive with a history of supporting the small business sector, Ms McAlary-Smith brings a depth of leadership from..

Rent Relief Guaranteed For Commercial Tenants

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring eligible tenants are provided with rent relief, with legislation to reintroduce the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme passing in Parliament today. Businesses that have experienced a loss in turnover of more than 30 per cent during the pandemic are now..

Rent Relief On The Way For Commercial Tenants

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce new legislation today to provide rent relief to commercial tenants that have experienced a loss in turnover of more than 30 per cent during the pandemic. Eligible businesses will benefit from rent relief through the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme,..

Commercial Tenancy Relief For Victorian Businesses

The Victorian Government is acting decisively to back the state‘s small and medium-sized businesses as they emerge from lockdown, facilitating commercial rent waivers and deferrals from today. Many commercial landlords have done the right thing and offered rent relief – today’s announcement goes further and..

Opportunity Knocks For Café Operator At Brambuk

An exciting opportunity for an experienced operator has arisen at the Brambuk café and Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford is encouraging interested applicants to submit an Expression of Interest. The opportunity comes at an exciting time for Brambuk, with $5.8 million in funding from..

Connection And Signal Improvements For Victorian Towns

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting local businesses and communities by investing in new infrastructure to improve mobile coverage and broadband services across the state. Some 17 towns and local government areas can expect better services thanks to the confirmed upgrades, including locations in Gippsland,..

Major Boost For Victorian Researchers In COVID Fight

The Andrews Labor Government is increasing funding for a study into the effects of coronavirus, and backing ground-breaking research into new and emerging strains, long-term coronavirus symptoms and potential links between the disease and unborn children. The work will build on the Murdoch Children’s Research..

Aboriginal Victorians Awarded Prestigious Scholarships

Eight outstanding Aboriginal Victorians are receiving scholarships to remove barriers to education, thanks to a partnership between the Andrews Labor Government and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association. The recipients of Aunty Mary Atkinson scholarships will be supported with grants of $30,000 a year for up..

Ballarat Round Table Advancing Aboriginal Jobs Strategy

Aboriginal Victorians in Ballarat will help guide the development of a new plan to boost training and job opportunities, thanks to an Aboriginal employment round table being held today. The meeting in Ballarat is one of nine happening across the state, which bring together each..

New Biobank The Next Step In Maddie’s Vision

The Andrews Labor Government is backing initiatives in the fight against bone marrow failure syndromes, launching a vital new biobank to conduct ground-breaking research. The new biobank is the first of its kind in Australia and will be the next important step toward hopefully finding..

Backing Business With New Tech Adoption Support

The Andrews Labor Government is helping small to medium-size businesses implement digital solutions that improve productivity, drive growth and create jobs through a new funding program. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today launched the $5 million Technology Adoption and..

Hundreds Of Places Now Better Connected

The Andrews Labor Government is helping local business and communities receive better mobile coverage, thanks to the rollout of more than 200 mobile base stations around the state. The 200th station was recently activated in Knowsley, east of Bendigo, improving reception in and around the..

Startup Funding Pool Deepens With Arrival Of Startmate

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $1.8 million in Startmate, one of Australia’s leading accelerator programs, to continue to strengthen the investor landscape and lift the capability of Victorian startups. More than $580,000 will go to Startmate to deliver a dedicated accelerator program for 30..

Jobs Victoria Boost: Wages Subsidy Fund Open For Business

The Andrews Labor Government today opened applications for the Jobs Victoria Fund, a wage subsidy program that supports businesses to hire people whose employment has been most affected by the pandemic. As part of the landmark Jobs Victoria initiative, Victorian small and medium-sized businesses, sole..

Community Hub Open For All In Robinvale

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in regional Victoria with the opening today of the new Robinvale Community Hub which houses a library, a resource centre for young and old and a space for meetings. Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford officially opened the..

Backing Mildura Businesses To Recover Stronger Than Ever

Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford has congratulated business owners across the Mildura region for their resilience and their efforts to rebound and grow. The Andrews Labor Government has backed businesses in Mildura with $13 million in pandemic grants and support payments over the past..

Round Tables Advance New Aboriginal Jobs Strategy

Regional Aboriginal employment round tables to be held across Victoria in coming weeks will provide Aboriginal Victorians with the ability to guide the development of a new plan to boost training and job opportunities. The first of nine round tables was held in Gippsland today…

Backing Small Businesses Across Victoria’s West

Small businesses across western Victoria will receive greater support thanks to new partnerships signed between the Victorian Small Business Commission and local councils. Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford today welcomed Horsham Rural City, Yarriambiack Shire and Hindmarsh Shire councils to the Small Business Friendly..