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City of the future

3 July 2020 | City of Melbourne
How has this crisis changed your perspective on the future of Melbourne? The City of Melbourne is looking to uncover what people value most about the city, and how COVID-19 has influenced people’s thoughts of the future. Share your ideas by 19 July via the Online Forum & by Joining the next Futures Event on 9 July 2020.  Read more


COVID-19 Business Fact Sheets

29 June 2020 | SBV
To help Victorian businesses adapt to current restrictions and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Victorian Government has designed a range of targeted fact sheets. These one-page fact sheets outline the current restrictions applicable across different industries in clear language, to help both employers and staff reduce the risk of infection in the workplace… Read more
Barbara Cullen
Director | Small Business Victoria |
Jobs, Innovation and Business Engagement | Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions


‘Fast-Tracking’ Your Australian Patent Applications to Overcome Delays in Examination

26 June 2020 | Wrays
Over the past few months if not years, applicants may have observed delays in the commencement of examination after filing their patent application in Australia. These delays do not appear to be COVID-19 related. Rather, they appear to be a function of ordinary business operations. There are options to “fast-track” your patent examination at IP Australia. Read more


IP Australia to Offer Free Extensions of Time Until 31 July 2020

23 June 2020 | Wrays
The system provides free extensions of time for up to three months for patents, trade marks and design matters, including extensions of time to file evidence in oppositions to July 31. Find out more & how to file for an extension. Read more.


Agility in Unprecedented Times

18 June 2020 | StarRez
Travis Knipe, CEO of StarRez, will discuss how they responded rapidly to the COVID-19 challenge with a more adaptable and agile approach to their current way of doing business. A vital webinar presentation for businesses navigating the current crisis. Tuesday 23 June at 10.30am.  Read more


Small business owner’s guide to creating a mental health plan

9 June 2020 | VSBC
The Victorian Small Business Commission is pleased to share its new small business owner’s guide to creating a mental health plan in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)… Read more
Judy O’Connell | Victorian Small Business Commissioner


City of Melbourne | Draft Annual Plan and Budget: feedback

5 June 2020 | City of Melbourne
The City of Melbourne would like your feedback on their upcoming ‘Recovery Budget’. Learn more in the draft Annual Plan and Budget 2020–21 overview and have your say. Submissions now open. Register for the 11th June, lunchtime online Q&A session. Read more


COVID-19 Tenant and Landlord Support

1 June 2020 | VSBC
The Victorian Small Business Commission’s newly released Stakeholders Toolkit provides assistance with the appropriate steps for tenants and landlords to access tenancy relief, free mediation to support fair tenancy negotiations under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme and more… Read more
Judy O’Connell | Victorian Small Business Commissioner