Hobsons Bay COVID-19 Business Support

Hobsons Bay City Council has provided the following support to businesses in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Hobsons Bay Community Support Packages

Hobsons Bay City Council has released Community Support Packages to assist some of the city’s most vulnerable residents, as well as small businesses who may be struggling from the impacts of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Council’s Community Support Packages provide targeted relief to our community most in need.

A Community Support Package Focus Group, representing a cross section of the community, was instrumental in helping shape a meaningful and responsive package. 

The fourth package encompasses $1.35 million in targeted rate reductions including interest-free rate deferrals and, interest and rate waivers, which will be guided by Council’s Financial Hardship Policy. 

To apply for financial hardship for your home, business, sporting club/association or community group, visit the financial assistance webpage before 30 November.

The fifth package includes the waiver of fees for food and health registrations and footpath trading permits along with rent relief to eligible tenants of Council buildings and funding for an innovation and collaboration event to support local businesses and help them take advantage of new and changing opportunities (details to come).

Rates adjustment
There is genuine and discreet support for residents and businesses impacted by the pandemic.

Ratepayers who have been impacted by COVID can apply for a waiver of their rates by 30 November 2021, in-line with the second-rate instalment.

Business ratepayers whose turnover has reduced by 20 per cent may be eligible to receive a rate waiver.

Residential ratepayers whose income has dropped by 30 per cent (maximum income of $80,000) may be eligible to receive a rate waiver.

The exact amounts to be waived will be determined in line with the allocation of approximately $525,000 after the number of eligible applicants is determined.

Approximately $450,000 has been set aside for ratepayers to apply for an interest free rate deferral until 31 December 2021 and then interest free repayment plans thereafter.

Council will be waiving an estimated $375,000 rate interest previously raised to ratepayers with a good payment history prior to COVID-19. No action is required as this will be automatically applied by Council. Applications for rate relief are now open. Residents, businesses, and community organisations can apply online for financial relief. Conditions apply and proof of income will be required.

Negotiating rent relief with your landlord
For advice on negotiating rent deductions with your landlord, call the Victorian Small Business Commission on 13 87 22 or visit www.vsbc.vic.gov.au

Financial hardship

If you are experiencing financial hardship and can no longer pay your rates, interest, fees and charges for your business, you can apply for financial assistance. The Financial Hardship Policy has been refreshed with various options available for rate deferral through to waivers depending on the financial circumstances of the business. Apply online at www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/financialassistance or call Council on 1300 179 944.

For more information about the community support package, as well as key information for your business please click here(PDF, 152KB) or contact the economic development team at business@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au 

Residents wanting assistance in their first language can call Council’s Language Line on 9932 1212 and ask to speak with an interpreter.

Hobsons Bay Business has Heart

**This program has now finished**

Hobsons Bay Business has Heart was set up to promote the many local businesses operating across the municipality and support them to survive, recover and thrive. 

This exciting program provided a targeted response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and building on the sense of local community support and connection many people are feeling during this time. The range of initiatives to support local business communities included: