Farm business, small business support - Rural Financial Counselling Service WSW
Get to know your local RFCS

Confidential, free, independent & invaluable business support for #StrongRuralCommunities

The government-funded RFCS has operated nationwide for 35 years in 2021, providing free business support to primary producers. The RFCS now also supports rural and regional small business owners experiencing or at risk of financial hardship, or just navigating the challenges of operating after drought, bushfire or COVID19.

RFCS WSW is your local provider with counsellors working across Victoria’s western region.

Rural financial counsellors and small business financial counsellors are based in the regions they work in, and understand local conditions and communities.

RFCS WSW takes a holistic approach to financial counselling. A well-being in business program ensures anyone working with a financial counsellor is fully supported.

Call directly or refer a client, patient, friend or neighbour.

Marketing and Communications Manager - West Carr & Harvey
New land tax waiver

The Victorian Government has announced further land tax assistance for eligible landowners who have been impacted by COVID-19.

In March 2020, commercial landowners with less than $1m in taxable property received a land tax deferral until 31 March 2021.

Since then, a 25% to 50% land tax waiver has been announced with increased eligibility for both commercial landowners and residential landlords.

To find out more, click here.

Marketing and Communications Manager - West Carr & Harvey
Business Support fund for Victoria: West Carr & Harvey update

Here’s our latest on the updates to the Business Support Fund for Victoria:


Economic Development Officer, Surf Coast Shire - Surf Coast Shire
Surf Coast Buy Local campaign – calling creatives and innovators

Surf Coast Business Collective are working on a new Buy Local campaign to continue on from #BuySurfCoast and are looking to connect with local creatives and innovative Surf Coast-based businesses. If this is you, or your friend, please drop us a line on Facebook: or email:

If you’re after sustainably-made, one-of-a-kind products, look local first. There are so many business treasures to be uncovered on the Surf Coast!

Without traditional shopfronts, they are a little more hidden than others, but well worth discovering.

(Read more:

If you know of other local creatives, innovative businesses or if you would like to share your own business story, get in touch or reach out to Surf Coast Business Collective

Economic Development Officer, Surf Coast Shire - Surf Coast Shire
Surf Coast: Taking care of business

As a business support initiative, Council is collecting information on how our local businesses have altered their business hours and services (e.g. home delivery or take-away) using an online survey, email and phone calls.

If you are a Surf Coast Business and have altered your business operations, please complete the
Taking Care of Business Survey and tell us how you are doing business during the Stage 1 Covid shutdown and social distancing practice.

This information will be made available via Surf Coast Visitor Information Centres, the Surf Coast Shire Council website, social media and print.

The aim is to inform local residents of services currently available and to assist local businesses to find enough customers to be sustainable at this time.

We know that these are challenging times for everyone. We are here to support Surf Coast businesses find their way through. The best way we can do this is together.

Take care, stay in touch, and stay safe.

The Surf Coast Business Support team
(Simon, Katie, and Scott)