JobMaker – what is it and how can it help?

What is it?
JobMaker is a Government incentive designed to assist businesses in creating new jobs for those aged 16-35. Under the scheme, eligible employers can access payments called “JobMaker Hiring Credits” for each employee they hire (or have hired) between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021.

How does it help?
Subject to your business circumstances, you can receive payments of up to $200 per week, per employee for those aged 16-29 or payments of up to $100 per week, per employee for those aged 30-35.

These employees must fit the eligibility requirements including having commenced work within the required period.

How do I access it?
Registrations are now open and you can claim backdated payments from Wednesday 7 October 2020. The period to submit a claim for backdated payments is from Monday 1 February 2021 to Friday 30 April 2021.

You can estimate the payment you may receive by using this calculator.

In order for employers to be eligible they must fit the required criteria including being up to date with lodgement and reporting obligations.

What else do I need to know?
You can claim payments for employees for up to 12 months of their employment, as long as their start date commenced within the required period.

You cannot claim both JobKeeper and JobMaker at the same time, so those looking to claim both would need to commence the JobMaker claim after the JobKeeper scheme finishes on Sunday 28 March.

For more information please visit the ATO website or feel free to contact us.

“Circuit Breaker” lockdown – Business Support Package

The State Government has announced a $143 million “Circuit Breaker Action Business Support Package”. This package is limited to businesses in hospitality, food wholesaling, tourism, events (and related services) and some retail businesses. Further detail can be found below.

Here’s what’s included:

  • Business Costs Assistance Program
    $2000 grants are available to eligible businesses in hospitality, food wholesaling, tourism, events (and related services) and retail.  Applications are open now, please click here to check eligibility and apply.
  • Licenced Hospitality Venue Fund – Circuit Breaker Action Payment
    $3000 additional grants may be available for previous recipients of the Licenced Hospitality Venue Fund. You do not need to apply for this payment, you will be contacted if eligible. Further information can be found here. 
  • Victorian Accommodation Support Program
    This is an expansion to the original Regional Tourism Accommodation support program as it will now also include accommodation premises in Greater Melbourne. Eligible businesses will be able to claim reimbursements for cancelled accommodation bookings under the following tiers:
    Tier 1: Funding of $2250 (ex GST) per Accommodation Premises experiencing 10 or fewer cancelled nights.
    Tier 2: Funding of $4500 (ex GST) per Accommodation Premises experiencing 11 or more cancelled nights.
    This program will open soon, you can register your interest here.
  • Victorian Travel Voucher Schemes
    Two travel voucher schemes will be made available to encourage Victorians to travel across the state:
    – 40,000 vouchers to support travel in greater Melbourne (to be launched soon)
    – 10,000 additional vouchers added to the existing Regional Travel Scheme to support travel in regional Victoria. Further information can be found here.

We encourage you to assess your eligibility and apply for any grants available to your business. For further information you can visit the Business Victoria website.

2021 Jobkeeper due dates & action required

Along with the new year comes the last extension of the JobKeeper 2.0 scheme which is currently running. It is active from Monday 4 January 2021 and will end on Sunday 28 March 2021.

The eligibility requirements and the enrolment process is different to the previous scheme which took place in 2020.

  • Businesses new to JobKeeper will be required to complete the necessary steps to register for the scheme by Sunday 31 January 2021.
  • Businesses previously enrolled for JobKeeper will have until Sunday 14 February 2021 to register for the scheme for the initial payment related to January 2021.
  • All eligible businesses will also need to meet the wage payment conditions by 31 January 2021. More detail available here.

Need our help?
If you would like our assistance in applying for the current 2021 scheme please get in touch as possible so we can ensure you receive the maximum benefits available.

Feel free to contact us for more information.

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.

Applications for Harwood Andrews Graduate Program are now open!

Our graduate program provides a well rounded program which focuses on advancing both your business skills and legal knowledge.

We are looking for future leaders of the firm who

  • share our client focus;

  • can demonstrate an understanding of the commerciality of business;

  • have a collaborative and innovative approach to business;

  • can apply themselves in a dynamic environment;

  • has strong communication, presentation and interpersonal skills;

  • are hungry to succeed;

Our graduate program runs for 12 months in our Geelong office.  In addition to in-house training and mentoring you will also participate in the College of Law program on a part time basis which will assist you in meeting the required competencies for admission to practice.

We usually offer a rotation in two of our practice areas. You will be provided with a direct supervisor/mentor who is usually a senior lawyer practising in one of those practice areas.

We are committed to diversity and our aim is to create an inclusive working environment, where everyone has a sense of belonging.

Applications close midnight September 7. Apply Here

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

Office Spaces For Lease

Located at 510 Latrobe Boulevard, NEWTOWN, VIC 3220; 3 offices are curently available for lease at $250 per week for the smaller offices and $500 per week for the larger office.
Short term or long term leases available.
Inspections available upon request.

Please call Peter Desbrowe-Annear on 0409 420 672 for more information.

Economic Development Officer, Surf Coast Shire - Surf Coast Shire
Prosperous Places – what is the economy we need?

We need your advice on how to create Prosperous Places in the Surf Coast Shire.

Prosperous Places is a major project looking at the Surf Coast’s places, emerging industries and jobs – now and into the future.

Come and find out more about the project, and what we have discovered on the Surf Coast economy.

Share your thoughts on what will make your area prosperous into the future.

What does prosperity mean to you? Considering the connections between people, places and businesses, how can we improve our quality of life?

Come along for a presentation and discussion from project team members on key topics, and leave your comments.

No RSVP or booking required. All welcome.


Business SESSIONS and locations:

  • *Torquay– 3 March,  8:30am – 10am

Happy Spaces – Level 1, 4-6 Gilbert Street.

  • ^Winchelsea (Drop In)– 4 March,  10am – 12pm

Café La Hoot, 1 Willis Street, Winchelsea.

  • *Anglesea – 11 March,  6pm – 7:30pm

Great Ocean Resort 105 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea

  • *Lorne – 12 March,  8:30am – 10:00am, Cumberland Lorne Resort

* Presentation and discussion. ^ Drop in any time

NO RSVP required. All welcome

Follow the project on the Surf Coast Business Collective Facebook Page.

Head of Community - Localised
Registrations now open for Business Clean Up Day 2020

In 2020 Clean Up Australia will be celebrating their 30th anniversary and all that has been achieved by their volunteers over the past three decades.

Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday 1 March, but in recognition that businesses often wish to participate during work hours, the official Business Clean Up Day is Tuesday 25 February. However, businesses can opt to do a Clean Up any day of the year.

Doing a Business Clean Up is a great way to:

  • Make a real difference by helping us to deliver lasting environmental change
  • Support your local community
  • Increase team cohesion via a low-cost team building exercise
  • Engage your team in discussions on waste issues.

To learn more visit Clean Up Australia.

Boost your business!

Round 4 of Business Victoria’s Boost Your Business program is now open, offering up to $50,000 in funding for eligible small and medium enterprises.

Find out more about the program, including funding streams and eligibility criteria, click here: