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Committee Update – New Member Johann Nogueira

31 July 2020 | Melbourne Business Network
MBN welcomes new Committee Member, Johann Nogueria to the team. With a passion for business, especially start-ups and SMEs, Johann believes in the power of business and that businesses in turn have the power to change the world. MBN are also pleased to announce Johann and Business Authorities as the category sponsor for the MBN B3000+ Young Entrepreneur Award 2020. Read more

JobKeeper Extension beyond 28 September 2020 Announced

21 July 2020 | Australian Government: Treasury
The Government announced it is extending the JobKeeper Payment until 28 March 2021 and is targeting support to those organisations which continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus. From 28 September 2020, eligibility for the JobKeeper Payment will be based on actual turnover in the relevant periods, the payment will be stepped down and paid at two rates. Read more

CBD Business Support Fund – Register your interest

20 July 2020 | Business Victoria
Register your interest (to received updated information) for the new $20 million “CBD Business Support Fund” designed to help small businesses in Melbourne’s CBD. Read more

Victorian Government’s new $534 million Business Support Package

13 July 2020 | Business Victoria
The Victorian Government has launched a new $534 million Business Support Package, providing more support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus pandemic. Business assistance across Melbourne CBD and tourism, mentoring, mental health, hospitality and stage 3 business grants.
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Medical and PPE supplier directories

6 July | Business Victoria
Businesses can use these directories to find medical equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Businesses supplying products in the categories can also email their interest in appearing on future directories. Read More 
Barbara Cullen | Director | Small Business Victoria | Jobs, Innovation and Business Engagement

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.