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To our Maribyrnong Business Community,

Here is our business bulletin with the latest information affecting our community during this challenging period of COVID-19. 

Please contact the Economic Development team at business@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au if you would like to share any stories or suggestions on how we can assist.


Best wishes,
City of Maribyrnong Team

Easing of restrictions announced 

Over the weekend the Premier announced the easing of some restrictions which affects our business community. The following businesses can now trade: 

  • Hairdressers and barbers
  • Allied health services
  • Outdoor auctions and open for inspections for real estate industry
  • Non essential outdoor home maintenance and repairs can occur with a maximum of 5 workers
  • Pet grooming services
  • Outdoor photography
  • Solo and automated car wash services 


From 1 November 2020, the following has been outlined: 

  • All retail to open
  • Beauty and personal services to resume
  • Hospitality - A maximum of 20 people indoors and 50 people outdoors
  • Outdoor entertainment can host up to 50 people seated or 25% of total fixed seat capacity

For more information read the Premier's statement


Health registration fees waived for all new businesses

All new business applications received by City of Maribyrnong are being waived until 30th June 2021 to help support our new business community during this time.

Existing businesses will be offered a 50% discount on their renewal fees for 2021 with more information to be communicated shortly. 

If you have a new business idea and would like to know how to get started, please email our Business Concierge or call Council on 9688 0200.



National Manufacturing Policy released

Australian Government has announced a $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) and the National Manufacturing Priorities Strategy. The MMI will drive lasting change for Australian manufacturers and will help businesses scale up, collaborate and commercialise their products, whilst the National Manufacturing Priorities Strategy will help turbo charge manufacturing with focus on food and beverage, recycling, medical products and resources technology. 

There will also be a stream of funding which allow businesses to turn good ideas into commercial outcomes. Commonwealth funding will be provided on a co-investment of up to 50% of the eligible project costs. 

Read more 


Outdoor eating and entertainment package- $5k government grants
The state government has announced grants to support businesses adapt to outdoor dining and entertainment. Grants of up to $5000 will be available for eligible hospitality businesses with an annual payroll of less than $3 million. Businesses can apply for a grant to pay for practical things like umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and equipment. 

Learn more and apply now



Trade waste fees waived for food businesses 

City West Water will waive the fixed trade waste agreement fee for the June-September billing quarter for food businesses that have ceased trading due to COVID-19. Customers pay this quarterly fee to discharge their trade waste to the City West Water sewer network.

To apply for the waiver, please email City West Water with your name and account number. If you've already paid your bill, you can also apply for a credit on your next bill. 



Business tip of the day
Did you know that the ATO runs free webinars and training sessions for small business? Visit the ATO website for upcoming workshops and webinars. 
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