Supporting local businesses


Current Restrictions for Business and Industry

The Victorian Government has announced significant changes to the way we live and work in Victoria to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August Stage 4 business and industry restrictions are in place across the Mornington Peninsula.

Services and industries that are able to remain operational will be required to have a COVID Safe Plan.

Employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees.

 For the latest health information on Stage 4 restrictions visit the DHHS website.

Victorian Government Business Support Package

The Business Support Package provides more support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Business Victoria has put together a Business Support and Financial Assistance Finder to help businesses, sole traders, or employees identify support or financial assistance.

Agriculture Victoria have put in place the Agriculture Workforce Plan offers recruitment support, grants and resources for agricultural businesses. Contact Colin Crotty Eastern Metropolitan Region, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) to get help with your application.

For more business support information contact: Business Victoria - phone 13 2215

Australian Government economic stimulus package

For the latest information on the Federal Government’s economic response (including JobKeeper) to the COVID-19 outbreak refer to Treasury’s Coronavirus page.

Mornington Peninsula Shire economic support package

The Mornington Peninsula Shire has developed a business support package designed to help the local community through the unprecedented effects of COVID-19. Read more about our Business and Economic Support Package

Mornington Peninsula Shire has a platform called Funding Finder which lists all funding opportunities provided by state, federal and philanthropic grant programs, including all COVID-19 funding support.

For more information on support that is available for your business please phone 1300 850 600 or email

Federal and State guidelines for businesses are being updated regularly. Subscribe to receive the MP Business newsletters and stay up to date.

MP Business: Free training and advice for your business

A wide range of free business resources  are collated on the Shire’s mpbusiness website.

The Shire offers Free Business Webinars on topics such as: finance fundamentals, taking businesses online, business marketing, building business resilience, and commercialising new business ideas. For more information and to book in a webinar, visit:

The Mornington Peninsula Shire in conjunction with Small Business Mentoring Service offers FREE business mentoring sessions to support businesses on the Peninsula. These clinics are introductory sessions, where you get the opportunity for a 45 minute one-on-one with a small business mentor at no cost. Learn more about the Small Business Mentoring Clinics.

Your free library membership gives you access to a range of great training resources that can help your business and staff transition to operating online. This includes free access to which offers training in online meetings, productivity tools and more. Visit the Library website to learn more.

MP Business: Free marketing for your business

The Shire offers free business listings on its local business directory website MPBusiness.

Local businesses are able to create and manage their own business listing on the directory. Update it regularly to keep customers informed about how your business is adapting or changing its operations during Coronavirus. You can create a new business listing or update an existing one, and it will be displayed in a number of areas:

Accessing mental health support

Business proprietors, their staff and families can access a range of mental health services to help them cope.

Meeting Occupational Health and Safety obligations

All employers must notify Work Safe Victoria if an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.