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Indicative drawing of the new Team 11 stadium in Dandenong - Cox Architecture

Business Start-up event

Small Business Festival

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Greater Dandenong Business Dandenong Civic Centre 225 Lonsdale Street Dandenong, Victoria 3175


Enquiries to 8571 1550 Adrian Boden South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA) Ph: 9768 2524 Tiffany Murray Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce Ph: 9768 3283 Emilio Di Sisto Stakeholder Editorial Ph: 8571 1550 Views expressed by individual contributors in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the City of Greater Dandenong. Material from Stakeholder, Greater Dandenong‘s business news, may be reproduced for noncommercial purposes provided the source is acknowledged, e.g. ‘This material first appeared in the City of Greater Dandenong’s Stakeholder publication, June 2018.' Cover: Artist impression of Team 11 stadium.

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his June edition marks the mid-way point of the calendar year and so much has taken place so far. In this edition we feature recently held Cultov8 program which is a program designed to empower entrepreneurs born overseas. We hear from the South East Melbourne group who are encouraging organisations of south east Melbourne to raise their voice as one. We reveal the Team 11 proposed stadium plans and hear from new Chisholm Institute Chief Executive Officer Dr Richard Ede. Our stories on the social enterprise sector highlights what is occurring within sector, as well as the benefits that the NBN rollout in the region will deliver. The Victorian Small Business Commissioner outlines very important messages on page 10 and we catch up on the great artwork transforming our municipality in the Activity Centres articles on page 11. We extend a warm welcome to Décor to our municipality, you can read about them on page 16. We also hear from the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce, South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA) and Advanced Robotics, a SEMMA member.

ity of Greater Dandenong is proud to present a new interactive location service accessible via Council website on any smart device.


‘Locate’ is an individualised information platform for key services for residential and commercial properties. Key information includes dates for waste, garden and recyclables collection and street sweeping, as well as councillor and ward information. The tool can also be used to locate community facilities and services including dog off-leash parks, kindergartens and child care centres, customer services centres, libraries and leisure centres, to name a few. This map service is available for all properties within the city and from 1 July 2018, will also include street sweeping details in our newest industrial zones. Follow the Locate link on the website to discover more and stay tuned for September edition of Stakeholder for further information.

Paul Kearsley.

These are just a few of the great business news stories happening or taking place within our municipality. Finally, I encourage you to read the Calendar of Events and Grants and Opportunities sections in the magazine and see which of these topics may assist you and your business. Paul Kearsley Group Manager, Greater Dandenong Business

Keep your ABN information up to date I

f your personal or business details change, you have 28 days to update your Australian Business Number (ABN) details. Your ABN details can be used by your customers and other businesses to confirm they are dealing with the right business. If any of the following details have changed since you registered your ABN, you’ll need to update them: • legal name, postal address, business location, email address, main business activity and industry code, entity type, contact information and associate details. You can update your ABN details through the Australian Business Register.




Victorian Government budget recap

Provides $13.5 million for small business mentoring and support

Lifting of the payroll tax-free threshold to $650,000 for small business

$55 million for Investment Attraction and Assistance Program, for new and expanding businesses

Extra $51.1 million to attract more visitors from interstate and overseas, as part of Visit Victoria’s Program

$49.8 million investment in the Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program

Treasurer Mr Tim Pallas MP was the keynote speaker at the recent Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce business breakfast held in Dandenong. The Treasurer provided an overview to the audience of the Victorian Government Budget which was handed down on the first Tuesday in May. Mr Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer, addressing the audience at the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce business breakfast (photo courtesy of Dandenong Star Journal)

Australian Government budget recap

$20 million to help SMEs form local and regional hubs

Extra $250 million for the Skilling Australians Fund, supporting vocational education and training to upskill Australian workers

$20 million to support businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to find opportunities in Asia and beyond and extend the AustraliaIndia Strategic Research Fund

$29.9 million to upskill Australian businesses and workers in artificial intelligence and machine learning

Small businesses deduction for purchases of eligible assets costing less than $20,000 first used or installed ready for use by 30 June 2019




Free workshops cultivate business success ultov8, a free program designed to empower entrepreneurs born overseas, recently made a big impact in Dandenong with the largest number of participants to date.


The program began in February this year with a series of Business Start-up Weekends in Sunshine, Broadmeadows and Dandenong, followed by a 12-week accelerator program in Melbourne’s CBD. Enterprising Partnerships has partnered with LaunchVic for the two-year program with the latter providing $450,000 in funding. LaunchVic’s mission is to support the start-up ecosystem in Victoria, while Enterprising Partnerships has 20 years of experience in youth entrepreneurship. The company has a not-for-profit arm and in addition to creating and managing Cultov8, is funding 10 per cent of the program. Lynda Ford, Project Manager of Cultov8, is passionate about entrepreneurship and intercultural practice. “When people speak about multicultural societies, Australian-born Anglo-Saxon and Indigenous people generally don’t see themselves as part of that agenda,” Ms Ford said. “Intercultural practice deliberately builds relationships between people of any ethnic background and Cultov8 focuses on intercultural innovation. “People born overseas make a great contribution to the economic development of Australia – it’s always been critical. Migrants are sometimes better placed to be innovative as they see things as they are and wonder how they could be done differently. “The Business Start-up Weekends see a group of people with a business idea coming together to turn it into a reality. Participants may have an existing business they want to grow, or may need technology skills for starting an online shop or developing their own software or app. “We have a young woman participating who wants to sell experiential gift products online because what’s currently available isn’t culturally appropriate for her community.”

The Dandenong start-up weekend in March saw 32 people attending with 10 successful for the accelerator program. Although the initial target audience was 18-30 years, Cultov8 broadened the age group, particularly for Dandenong which attracted slightly older participants. “The Afghani community were sensational at the workshops; many of them were business owners in their country of origin so they brought their knowledge with them,” Ms Ford said. The subsequent accelerator program involves online meetings, cultivating ideas, learning to use online tools and how to set up and run a business, coaching and mentoring.

“We help keep participants focussed on their business or idea so by the end they can pitch to our panel of representatives. The panel might provide feedback, investment or further long term incubator or accelerator programs.” Those who complete the accelerator program and meet the specified criteria receive a $3,000 seed investment grant. The intercultural aspect of the program is already seeing results with a Sri Lankan interior designer teaming up with a Colombian electrical engineer and, an Afghani stonemason and a Kenyan builder to refer business to each other. “Over time, Australia becomes stronger as people from different cultural backgrounds get to know each other and see the advantages of a diverse society,” said Ms Ford. Cultov8 will hold its next business start-up weekends in Ballarat and Shepparton in July. Further programs are planned for 2019 with Dandenong a possible repeat location.


Particpants from the Greater Dandenong area taking part in the Business Start-up Weekend held recently in Dandenong




he business, manufacturing, tourism and local government leaders from across south east Melbourne have committed to advocate for jobs and investment in the region following an intensive advocacy forum.


The forum – hosted by South East Melbourne (SEM) – explored projects and ideas to help economic growth, jobs growth, liveability and the environment in the South East Melbourne region. More than 30 stakeholders, representing business, manufacturing, tourism and local government sectors came together in April to discuss strategies for the future of the region. South east Melbourne is home to more than 1.2 million people and employs more than 470,000 workers. It is one of Melbourne’s fastest growing regions with 120 new families moving in each week. The chair of SEM, Simon McKeon, said “The ideas that were brought forward were strong, creative, innovative and practical. As one of the fastest growing regions in Victoria we have pledged to make sure that our decision makers hear the same message from all the region’s stakeholders; we need better public transport options, investment in roads and large scale projects such as the South East Airport and the South East Freight Hub to provide local jobs to the people calling the south east home.”

Mr McKeon said that following the meeting, the ideas generated would be prioritised and considered by the SEM board. “Together we encourage organisations of south east Melbourne to raise their voice as one, it is a voice that needs to be heard.” SEM, together with the other regional groups, will continue to lobby state and federal governments to ensure the region got its fair share of investment. Among the groups in attendance were: • South East Melbourne • South East Melbourne Manufacturers Association (SEMMA) • Committee for Greater Frankston • Committee for Dandenong • Metropolitan Partnerships Southern Region • Casey Cardinia Tourism Group • Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board • The Eastern Innovation and Business Centre The South East Business Network The business, manufacturing, tourism and local government leaders committed to strategies that will: • Deliver jobs and investment • Expand the region’s nationally significant manufacturing sector • Expand south east Melbourne’s world-class food economy • Achieve a more connected community

• Work together to attract infrastructure that increase liveability. Projects discussed in the forum include: • National Employment and Innovation Clusters at Monash and Dandenong • Extension of Cranbourne and Frankston rail lines • The South East Airport • A health and education precinct in Frankston • Environmental solutions that deliver sustainable outcomes • Connect the education and skills sector to industry • Support the South East’s Major Roads Package • Build the South East Freight Hub • Expand the region’s skills base • Advocate for bus services to where the jobs are • Build high-speed internet access for business communities • Bring government jobs to the south east • Providing recycled water for south east farmers • Repurpose the Port of Hastings • Greater integration between research and innovation and lifting the profile of innovation in the region. About SEM: SEM includes the shires of Cardinia and Mornington Peninsula, and the cities of Casey, Frankston, Greater Dandenong, Kingston and Monash. STAKEHOLDER




immediate needs of industry when it comes to skills, students should also acquire capabilities they may need in future. Chisholm is providing more options for students to rapidly re-train and upskill through shorter and more flexible training options. “Changes to government policy and funding can be both a challenge and opportunity for us. For example we need to think about what the NDIS [National Disability Insurance Scheme] workforce will look like under the new model.”

CEO Dr Richard Ede

hisholm Institute plans to grow partnerships with schools and employers while building a stronger employment economy in the region, according to new CEO Dr Richard Ede.

both the student and the employer.”

Dr Ede commenced work with the Institute in March 2018 following the retirement of Maria Peters. He brings to the role his wealth of industry knowledge and experience as Chief Executive of Unitec, New Zealand’s largest Institute of Technology.

“Chisholm’s location in the south east puts us in the heart of a hugely diverse catchment undergoing massive population growth. We cater for people starting their career and for those looking for transitional change. Our offering is closely aligned to the employment needs of this region.”


“I’ve been working in the vocational education sector for 10 years and am really passionate about its important role in our community,” said Dr Ede. “I have an academic background so I understand the educational environment, but I also spent 15 years working directly with industry [including 9 years at CSIRO] so I understand the needs of the customer in respect to

Chisholm Institute has 10 locations including Springvale and Dandenong with around 34,000 students aged 16 to 60 years old.

Dr Ede said one challenge was keeping up with the rate of change in the region and globally. Chisholm has identified robotics, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, cyber security and construction as important training areas. “Our students may eventually apply for jobs that didn’t exist before. We need to ensure that while we manage the

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Chisholm Institute is investing over $15m in IT infrastructure over the next two years to enable more online learning options for students. It also plans to further enhance services at its Skills and Jobs Centre in Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, and train teachers in new technologies and learning approaches. “Whilst many people travel into our region for work, some pockets of the south east continue to experience higher levels of unemployment in comparison to Victoria’s average,” said Dr Ede. “We have a part to play in working with community organisations, schools and employers to provide solutions for people who want to work. We’re committed to continuing our close relationships with industry and business, both in the region and the city.” One such successful industry partnership is with Hilton Manufacturing, which has enabled Chisholm students to undertake Certificates in Engineering, and Engineering Fabrication Trade while working at the company.

export sales. Awards are available across a breadth of industry sectors and company sizes. Winners of the state awards will compete in the national awards to be held in Canberra at Parliament House. Applications are open now and close Thursday 28 June 2018. The Victorian Awards ceremony will take place on Friday 14 September 2018 at Government House.



Indicative drawing of the new Team 11 stadium in Dandenong - Cox Architecture

GET ON BOARD outh-east Melbourne's bid to secure an A-League and W-League licence took a giant leap forward on April 30 when plans for a brand new stadium in Dandenong were revealed.


Team 11's proposed stadium, with an initial capacity likely between 12,000 to 15,000, will be on Cheltenham Road, next door to Dandenong Train Station. A perfectly accessible site by train, bus or car, the stadium will be able to host football, rugby and

rugby league matches as well as concerts, multicultural and other entertainment events. It will also be a community hub, with function space and ability to run educational programs out of the ground. The stadium build is predicated on the A-League bid being successful. A range of funding options are being explored. The plans were unveiled on the front

page of the Herald Sun and received widespread coverage on Channel 7, Channel 9 and Channel 10 news as well as 3AW, ABC, SEN and Triple M. Team 11 is the official bid name of the partnership between the Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Cardinia Shire councils to bring an A-League club to the south-east of Victoria. The training base will be at Casey Fields.

3fold Resources working with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry fold Resources in Dandenong South is a major shopfitting company providing modern fit outs to major supermarkets and other retail stores across Australia.


This proud Australian-owned company strives for an inclusive work culture. For example, the despatch manager is female and there is an encouraging return-to-work policy for new mothers in various roles. Managing Director Peter Vanderzaag believes his attitude towards the importance of an evolving workforce comes from remembering that he was first an employee himself before becoming a business owner.

3fold Resources has been a long-term member of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has frequently relied on the services provided with its membership. Particularly, to enhance staff and professional development with leadership training, ensuring their future leaders and staff are equipped to succeed in their roles.

the Business Trends and Prospects report, accessible as part of the membership, to provide him with accurate and effective data and information.

The Victorian Chamber is also its preferred provider for apprenticeships and guidance on workplace relations matters.

The Victorian Chamber is hosting a tradeshow style event for manufacturers, producers and suppliers called When Buyer Meets Seller, a great opportunity for businesses looking to enter new markets or extend their reach. You can view this event and more at:

Peter states that it can be difficult at times to stay on top of changes and progress in other sectors, which is why he relies on

To find out how membership with the Victorian Chamber can help your business, contact 8794 1119.

Francis Dmello and Peter Vanderzaag from 3fold Resources

The 3fold Resources mission is based on customer, staff and product satisfaction as well giving back to those in need. A mission that led the company to support Compelled By Love, a charity organisation that provides education, trauma counselling, rehabilitation and reconciliation in India and Rwanda as well as supporting at risk youth in Australia. Staff at 3fold Resources are encouraged and supported to be involved in the charity work, and most staff members have.




SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CERTIFICATION MARK or the first time, the growing Australian social enterprise sector will be better defined as an industry, thanks to a new Social Traders certification mark.


The new certification offer is designed to provide social enterprises with brand credibility and enhance their prospects of winning commercial procurement contracts with business and Government buyers, ultimately helping them pursue their social causes.

and connections to the broader social enterprise community. “Overall, Social Traders certification is designed to create a more well-defined social enterprise sector and greatly enhance opportunities for growth,” said Social Traders MD David Brookes.

Certified social enterprises will carry an identifiable logo-mark that they can use across promotional materials.

“Until now, the social enterprise sector has been loosely identified with no single definition. For us, social purpose is the primary criteria and as such recognition via Social Traders certification makes it easier for business and government to buy from these social enterprises."

Certification also provides access to a range of Social Traders tailored services that assist enterprises scale and grow, as well as access to exclusive networking opportunities

Mr Brookes said that Social Traders estimated that for every $100,000 dollars spent on social procurement, 1.5 jobs are created for those suffering or at risk of disadvantage.

“Social Traders is actively working to help buyers understand the huge social impact and significant community benefit they can achieve by including social enterprise in their procurement decisions,” Mr Brookes said. To learn more about becoming certified visit suppliers/

Social Procurement offers opportunities for everyone ocial enterprise activity is currently estimated to make up 2-3 per cent of GDP, with more than 3,500 social enterprises trading across metropolitan and regional Victoria. They employ an estimated 60,000 people and contribute $5.2 billion to the Victorian economy. The rapidly growing sector is making an increased contribution to employment and workforce participation.


For those not familiar with the concept, social enterprises are led by an economic, social, cultural, or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit; derive a substantial portion of their income from trade; and reinvest the majority of their profit/surplus in the fulfilment of their mission. As examples, local social enterprises TRY Build, Twitch and Carers of Africa have been featured in previous editions of Stakeholder. In recognition of the growing importance of social enterprises, the Victorian Government released its Social Enterprise Strategy setting out its vision for the sector in late 2017, STAKEHOLDER

followed in April 2018 by the release of its Social Procurement Framework. The whole-of-Government approach to social procurement outlined in the Framework applies to the purchase of all goods, services and construction by Victorian Government departments and agencies. Framework requirements mean that businesses that use social and disability enterprises or Aboriginal businesses in their tenders for government contracts will have a competitive edge over those who don’t. With the support of the Framework, major government projects, including level crossing removals, the Metro Tunnel, and the Westgate Tunnel are currently generating great business opportunities for the social sector. If you are a government contractor looking to engage with the social sector, or a social enterprise wanting to explore the business opportunities noted above, visit the following website for more information. Social-Procurement-Framework



Businesses urged to prepare for NBN rollout in the region The rollout of the NBN access network is scheduled for completion in Greater Dandenong in 2019.

involved. Organisations need to test the service to resolve any issues and this can take time.”

Homes and businesses in parts of Keysborough, Springvale, Springvale South, Noble Park, Noble Park North, Bangholme, Lyndhurst, Dandenong, Dandenong North and Dandenong South can now order a service over the NBN access network through a phone or internet provider.

NBN Co offers this step-by-step guide for switching a business to the NBN access network:

Services over the NBN access network are scheduled to progressively replace most existing landline phone and internet services. Homes and businesses have an 18-month window to switch affected services after the network becomes available in their area (excluding the copper network within NBN Fixed Wireless and Sky Muster satellite areas). NBN Co will notify companies (and individuals) when the network becomes available at their address. Manager of nbn™ local, Rosanna Lacorcia, urges businesses to not leave the switch until the last minute. “Moving to services over the NBN access network is not automatic and the transition is more complicated for businesses as more services are

1. Contact your service provider to discuss your specific business needs to select the right speed and plan. Speed tiers range from standard through to business-grade speeds. 2. Identify the telecommunications and data services your business requires, such as fax machines, an ATM, EFTPOS terminals, cloud services or multiple phone lines. 3. Establish which business equipment you’ll want connected to the network e.g. security systems, fire alarms, printers or data back-up solutions.

“It’s important to note equipment connected to the NBN access network will not work during a power outage so businesses need to prepare for this and speak to their equipment provider about alternative solutions,” Ms Lacorcia says. The faster internet speeds associated with the NBN access network are expected to enhance ecommerce, video conferencing and make businesses work more efficiently overall. The improvements in cloud-based services could see companies working smarter with access to customers, suppliers, staff and information at any location, on any connected device.

4. Contact the providers of your telecommunications services and business equipment to ensure they are compatible with services over the NBN access network.

“Companies that have switched over are telling us it’s a path to expand into new markets. The NBN access network provides the potential for businesses to offer services globally. It can help companies be more responsive to customers and create more opportunities to work remotely,” Ms Lacorcia says.

5. If you’re a small business or operating out of home, consider the best installation spot and optimal WiFi coverage conditions.

For further information, contact your service provider or visit business, which includes information about preparing to switch. STAKEHOLDER



The Victorian Small Business Commission – helping small businesses to grow and prosper began in 2003. We deal with disputes across a wide range of areas, including business-to-business, businessto-government, franchising and retail leasing. Any small business that has a dispute with another business or government agency can come to our office. Last year, the VSBC received over 1700 applications for dispute resolution and conducted 683 mediations at a success rate of 80 per cent. We want to make sure that small businesses avoid unnecessary business costs. Our service is quick, low cost, efficient and it means you don’t need to go through the court system. If we can resolve the dispute before mediation it doesn’t cost anything.

Judy O’Connell, Victorian Small Business Commissioner

ictoria has over 550,000 small businesses that make up almost half of private sector jobs. Greater Dandenong has over 14,000 businesses contributing to the state economy.


My role as Victorian Small Business Commissioner is to ensure there is a level playing field for small business. We have a three-year strategy that aims to advocate on important issues and we run a dispute resolution service. Dispute resolution has been the function of the Victorian Small Business Business Commission (VSBC) since it

The VSBC brings parties together with an experienced mediator to confidentially discuss their issues with the aim of reaching a resolution acceptable to both parties. In mediation, the solutions developed with the help of the mediator are flexible, creative and business driven. Mediation of a business-business dispute costs are $195 and are undertaken in a six week turnaround. The most common small business disputes are: • disputes about not understanding or reading contracts • unpaid monies • retail tenant and landlord leasing disputes. The VSBC’s top tips for avoiding disputes are: • put it in writing - don’t rely on oral assurance

• read and understand a contract before you sign it • make objective, not emotional decisions - get advice • recognise mutual interests (not a winlose arrangement) • interact with businesses of like-values • communicate early and often • be accountable and responsible for your obligations • conduct yourself professionally • have pre-agreed, effective, quick and fair dispute resolution procedures. I look forward to working with Greater Dandenong small businesses as Commissioner - the VSBC understands what small businesses mean to their owners, which is why it’s critical we do all we can to help them flourish. Any small business can come to the VSBC with a dispute – our legislation contains no definition of small business, so if you consider yourself a small business, we’re here to help.

CONNECT WITH THE VSBC: Website: Phone: 13 VSBC (13 87 22) Twitter - @judyoVSBC Facebook - @VictorianSmall Business Commission Instagram - @v.s.b.c Linkedin - company/victorian-small-businesscommission

The Small Business Festival will take place once again in August this year. Make sure you visit to find a business event right for you.



Street Art Program in Dandenong's Indian Cultural Precinct hree large scale street murals by highly experienced and internationally acclaimed artists were completed in May as part of a series of street art projects commissioned by the City of Greater Dandenong to showcase and celebrate Melbourne’s most authentic cluster of Indian commerce and culture.


The three works are located in the vicinity of Halpin Way and Mason Street, bringing colour, vibrancy and history to the northern gateway to Dandenong’s Indian Cultural Precinct. The street art program is one of numerous initiatives outlined in the Indian Cultural Precinct Framework developed in 2017 after consultation with a diverse range of community stakeholders. The artworks are located at high visibility sites. The area is a prime pedestrian route connecting Dandenong Railway Station and Dandenong’s CBD, used by 12,500 people a week.

The works surprise and delight pedestrians on a daily basis, showcasing Indian identity and its colourful culture, and strengthening the precinct’s status as a cultural tourism destination. The artworks are vivid, visually bright, colourful, contemporary and highly engaging, transforming this high profile interface between Little India’s retail offer and the public realm. These initial works in the Street Art Program range from representations of Indian textile design to that of contemporary and historical identities.


Geoffrey Carran and Rowena Martinich

INDIAN CULTURAL PRECINCT FRAMEWORK he Indian Cultural Precinct Framework expresses a long term vision for the precinct, detailing 140 specific initiatives grouped under six Precinct Objectives.


The Victorian Government formally recognised Dandenong as home to Victoria’s first ever Indian Cultural Precinct, and has provided a grant of $500,000 to support the Framework’s implementation. document/6332/little-india-culturalprecinct

The artists Rowena Martinich – Geoffrey Carran – Julian Clavijo – Mike Eleven – STAKEHOLDER




The City of Greater Dandenong has developed a Tourism Strategy - 2014-2018 and in the introduction states: While Greater Dandenong may not have the natural attractions that often put destinations on the map, this strategy aims to leverage our strengths – our unique and undiscovered food offering and out distinctive kaleidoscope of cultures and their stories, to raise awareness to attract new visitors, and to increase visitor expenditure. This strategy has seen many actions undertaken including the appointment of a Tourism Officer in the Economic Development Unit. Some of the actions that have been achieved are highlighted across these two pages.

TOURISM BRANDING A graphic designer was appointed to design three activity centre maps called, Hello Dandenong, Hello Springvale and Hello Noble Park. As part of this, a theme was developed called Eat, Shop, See and Do. This has now become the tourism branding that is used on marketing material and videos promoting the area.

WELCOME TO VICTORIA MAGAZINE AND BOOKLET This year will be the second year that the City of Greater Dandenong will feature in the Welcome to Victoria publication. The coffee table book is distributed across Victoria to three and a half, four and five star hotels and boutique apartments. It also gets placed in the Qantas Chairman’s Lounges, First Class and Business Class lounges around Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Welcome to Victoria has been in service to visitors to Australia for the past 19 years and is regarded as the premium in-house hotel coffee table book. This year you will see a main feature on our City and several of our local businesses highlighting what is on offer when you visit our region. In addition to the main publication, Welcome to Victoria also produces a booklet featuring just the City of Greater Dandenong. You can obtain FREE copies of this booklet to use within your own reception area, or to give to your clients, business associates. For copies of this booklet or please contact Helen Beekmans at




You can now collect any marketing or tourism material on the City of Greater Dandenong from one of the four tourism brochure stands that are placed throughout the City. Strategically placed at Springvale Library, Paddy O’Donoghue Centre in Noble Park, the Dandenong Library and Drum Theatre.

Over many years, Council has invested in advertising campaigns in the Gippsland area. The timing of these campaigns corresponds with key holiday periods capturing the attention of the locals and visitors to the area. The latest campaigns have featured the Eat, Shop, See and Do videos.

Over time it is envisaged that more of the tourism brochure stands will be rolled out throughout the municipality. Our very own tourism partners are utilising these stands to further promote to our local community and visitors that while you are visiting, you will always have a choice to take part in the Eat, Shop, See and Do experience.


If you have a tourism business and would like to include your marketing material into the tourism brochure stands, contact Helen Beekmans at

Due to our Tourism Strategy and marketing of our great city's fabulous offerings, the City of Greater Dandenong has a contract with Destination Melbourne called ‘Discover Your Own Backyard’ (DYOB). Through this contract we have been able to produce a series of tourism videos each titled with their own theme, Eat, Shop, See and Do. These videos are being shown via the Destination Melbourne website, our very own Big Screen in Harmony Square, via our social media outlets and we have secured prime time viewing via the Federation Square big screen, including WIN TV – Gippsland. Since the videos have been produced, we have received excellent feedback from our tourism partners on how the City of Greater Dandenong is marketing and promoting our region as an enviable destination.


MAPS FOR VISITORS There are three activity maps that are a folded out from a A3 size which provides a map and complementary photography for each centre. These are distributed through Council facilities, accommodation and tourism venues.

ADVERTISING IN MAGAZINES Where Magazine is a monthly, 35,000 print run publication that is distributed to four and five star accommodation venues in central and metro Melbourne. Council features a monthly full page advertorial promoting the area, tours and our festivals and events. For many years, this advertising has helped highlight to visitors what the area has to offer. In March and April, advertorial was in a number of regional magazines promoting the area and Council’s Cultural and Food Tours. This included Casey Cardinia Family Magazine which has a distribution of 15,000, Mornington Peninsula Magazine, 50,000 distribution and Frankly Frankston Magazine, 25,000 distribution.

VICTORIA’S CULTURAL GUIDE Over a number of years, a full page advertisement has been secured in this publication, promoting the food and cultural tours. There are 50,000 guides distributed across information centres in Victoria and NSW, Melbourne Airport, major train stations, major events and accommodation venues.

FLAGS AT ACTIVITY CENTRES Council has a suite of flags on flagpoles located at the entrances to the major activity centres. This year, with the introduction of the tourism branding, the new flags were highlighting the Eat, Shop, See and Do theme.

SKYSIGN – SPRINGVALE ROAD, SPRINGVALE Springvale Road features a sky sign that has rotating signage promoting the area and the food on offer in Springvale. A new skin promoting the tourism brand, Eat, Shop, See and Do has been produced.

MEDIA AND ACCOMMODATION FAMILS Council continues to promote the food and cultural tours and in 2016 celebrity chef, Elizabeth Chong hosted a Sensational Springvale tour for us. We continue the partnership with Maeve O’Meara and her famous series - SBS Food Safari, who recently visited with a group to Dandenong. These tours resulted in extensive social media activity including two double page spreads in the Herald Sun's Taste lift-out. Welcoming the media to visit, taste and write about the experience results in recognition for our city and ensures we continue to support our businesses and community.


TOURS For the past 10 years, Council has co-ordinated regular food and cultural tours, giving visitors and locals the opportunity to participate in guided tours and sample delicious food. There are scheduled tours, but if people are unable to make one of these tours, we take group bookings for 8-16 people.

GREAT BITES Council produces this publication for cafes, restaurants and takeaway businesses in the major activity centres. It is free for businesses to be involved and to date 40,000 booklets have been printed. Booklets are available at Council facilities, accommodation venues and the Information Centre at Federation Square. Businesses also receive copies for distribution to their customers. A complementary publication called Hidden Gems was produced promoting food premises in the strip shopping centres. A total of 52,000 were printed and a copy was sent to each household and displayed at Council facilities and accommodation venues.

PARTICIPATION IN MAJOR EVENTS Over the years Council has initiated a number of unique events as part of the state wide Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. This year the city went to the country featuring local businesses at the Regional World’s Longest Lunch – Acheron with over 130 guests at one long continuous table.

If you want to know more, or are a tourism business that wants to get involved visit for more information or send an email to




WHY NOT JOIN ONE OF OUR NETWORKS IN 2018 Including Manufacturers only events from CEO to Operation and: • Young Leaders • Women in Business • Common Interest Groups


About to tee-up for a great cause.

2018 CGD-Industry ‘Take a Swing for Charity’ Golf Day he CGD-Industry Take a Swing for Charity golf day is a special event in Greater Dandenong’s calendar and once again we thank businesses for their generosity of time, money and spirit which has resulted in a fabulous outcome for this year’s charity recipients - Cornerstone and Avocare - with more than $43,000 raised.


These funds will enable both charities to continue to provide services and material aid to help those most in need in our community. Funds will be used to provide breakfasts for 12 months for local secondary school students and hygiene packs for those living on the street, in cars, in rooming houses etc. A new ‘Changing Face of Poverty Network’ will be established, bringing service providers together to share information and resources. This Network will also enable workers to gain a holistic understanding of the issues facing their clients and collaboratively plan and address interventions more effectively than one agency working on its own could ever do. This network will be facilitated by Avocare. If you are interested in joining us for a spectacular 10th Anniversary event in February 2019 – get in early and email us at Register today to: › Place your vacancy on the portal free of charge › Access local job seekers › Search resumes of registered job seekers. For more information contact SEBN on: Ph: 8571 1576 Email: Work Local Greater Dandenong

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Lunch with the Winners ut September 4 in your diaries now to ensure you are free to attend the 2018 Lunch with the Winners event. Thanks to your generous sponsorship, up to 200 students will have access to a catered lunch, a business representative and a range of successful and inspiring young speakers at this annual event.


Presenting some of the many and varied pathways that can lead to a successful career, Lunch with the Winners is a permanent fixture on the calendar of the local schools. If you are interested in supporting local students’ attendance through table sponsorship please contact Jennifer Ebdon on 0438 510 840 or How does your business do it?

Put your business on the map.

We know Dandenong is at the forefront when it comes to manufacturing. Your success, products and innovation have made Dandenong the biggest region in Australia for manufacturing sector jobs*. To celebrate this we’d like to feature the products and emerging technology your business uses.

Contact South East Business Networks (SEBN) by phone or email, and you could feature in a future Stakeholder edition; or across our media channels. *Salt, Bernard. ‘Census numbers a signpost for economic growth’ in The Australian, 14 December 2017.



KITCHEN CHALLENGE! Leadership: Teamwork: Personal Development: Cooking! ooking for an award winning leadership program to develop your managers and leaders? Kitchen Challenge applies evidence-based leadership development strategies to practical ongoing challenges in a commercial kitchen environment to develop better leaders. Working alongside participants who are facing challenges in their lives, business leaders are able to grow their emotional intelligence and empathy while gaining measurable improvements in their own mental health and well-being under the guidance of renowned UK chef Rob Rees MBE DL.


Funded by a grant from VicHealth, this eight-day program is offered FREE OF COST to Dandenong businesses. For further information or to nominate a leader for this program contact Jennifer Ebdon at or call 0438 510 840.

An effective way to Develop Leaders eedback indicates that employers struggle to develop their young and emerging leaders. SEBN’s Developing Leaders network can assist by offering an environment where like-minded young leaders can come together and develop both personally and professionally through learning what leadership means from a skills, knowledge and behavioural point of view, learning new tools to support them along the way, sharing issues and experiences with each other and exploring solutions. From time to time these emerging leaders are also exposed to some highly successful ‘masters of business’.


2018 International Women’s Day Event n Friday 9 March, a sell-out crowd gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day, at the second event co-hosted by the South East Business Networks (SEBN) and the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce. Guests enjoyed a morning of networking, before hearing from guest speaker Samantha Gash.


Samantha, an ultra-marathon runner, gave us a detailed understanding of how she went from a Law student with

no athletic ability, to completing her first marathon, then to her path into the world of ultra-marathon running. She shared with us some very harrowing stories and videos of her times running through some of the most treacherous and dangerous environments on the planet, and why she loves doing it! This was truly an inspirational address, and we would like to thank everyone who came along to hear Samantha’s story.

If you have some young/emerging leaders who you believe would benefit from being involved in this group, please contact Sandra George at for further information and registration details.




LET’S LOOK AT THE BASICS: THE FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN’S RECENT DANDENONG ACTIVITIES AND ITS NEW NATIONAL WORKPLACE BASICS CAMPAIGN he Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) recently published the findings from its audit campaign in the Greater Dandenong region, as part of its Auditing Victoria report. FWO audited 253 local businesses, finding that 42 per cent had at least one contravention of workplace laws.


The most common errors were hourly rates of pay (37 per cent of contraventions), pay slip issues (33 per cent), and penalty rates or overtime (19 per cent). The FWO recovered over $400,000 in back payments from 46 businesses. Rob Hortle, Director of FWO Campaigns, said the FWO kept encountering these same issues in every audit campaign. “We understand that keeping on top of workplace obligations takes effort, particularly for small businesses. Providing support and education on these common issues is the key focus of our recently commenced Workplace Basics Campaign,” said Rob. The first phase of this Campaign is already underway, and coincides with the recent launch of the FWO’s Small Business Showcase. “The Showcase provides employers with a single point of access to all of the information, tools and resources on workplace laws available at www. They can quickly find the information they need to understand and manage their employment law obligations.” said Rob. The FWO is randomly selecting employers as part of the Workplace Basics Campaign to check they are getting the ‘basics’ right. “The Showcase is an excellent way to prepare yourself for an audit. Even if we don’t contact you, take the time now to check your compliance with the law.” said Rob. For further information on the Workplace Basics Campaign, visit the FWO’s Campaign pages at


DÉCOR MOVES INTO DANDENONG fter almost four decades at their offices in Scoresby, it’s time for Décor to move house into newly renovated premises premises in Dandenong South.


Originating in Melbourne, Australia in 1958, Décor has built its reputation on design excellence, product innovation and trusted quality. Today there are over 500 products in the Décor range, including kitchenware, lunch and hydration, picnicware, garden-ware, baby products, brush-ware and other cleaning products. With a strong commitment to research and development, new products are continually being introduced. Décor products such as Match-ups food storers, Microsafe microwave containers and the Décor Garden pot range will be manufactured and warehoused right here in Dandenong, alongside head office operations. Producing in excess of 20 million products a year, Décor is an Some of the products manufactured by Decor

established leader within the Australian market and continues to invest heavily in product design and innovation. “Décor has enjoyed consistent year on year company growth and is now fully focused on driving huge opportunities both locally in Australia and expanding overseas," said Anton McKernan, Decor Managing Director. This strategic growth also includes exciting new innovations within existing product categories as well as expanding the offering across new homewares categories. "Décor has always been laserfocused on smart consumer solutions and the move to our new head office in Dandenong will allow us the creative and logistical space to action our future growth plans.” The move cements Décor further into the Australian lifestyle landscape – more opportunities and more jobs right here in Dandenong.




amir Hasanbegovic is a reluctant business owner but a passionate beekeeper, and it’s the latter that has led to the popularity of 100 Pure Honey 4U.

need bees to cross pollinate them. The fact that the global population of bees is declining is a problem for humans – we could see foods disappearing off the menu permanently.”

“Beekeeping has been a hobby of mine for most of my life,” said Mr Hasanbegovic, who is based in Noble Park but learned the practice from his grandfather growing up in Bosnia.

Mr Hasanbegovic is currently focussing on establishing a workshop to package honey in larger quantities and to build wooden hives from recycled timber in Dandenong.

“People have been asking me to teach them, to buy my honey and to remove or maintain beehives on their properties. With beekeepers going into retirement, there’s a demand for what I do and for good honey.”

Until now, demand for 100 Pure Honey 4U has come from word-of-mouth recommendations. Mr Hasanbegovic hopes to soon accept the numerous invitations from Farmers Markets to sell his products.

Mr Hasanbegovic runs ‘host programs’ where he takes care of hives around Victoria; the bees are registered under his name but the hives reside in other people’s gardens.

“It’s all pure and I use cold extraction. I encourage everyone to buy from their local producer to gain the full health benefits of the honey, and also for the conservation of bees; conversely, supermarket honeys can be diluted and are heat treated.”

“The local host gains the benefits of learning from myself and the bees at work. Bees pollinate growing plants and flowers, and a lot of fruit and vegetables like pumpkin, cucumber and apple

For honey, beekeeping and educational enquiries, call 0413 861 313 or email

Damir Hasanbegovic

THE GOVERNOR CELEBRATES MELBOURNE’S SOUTH EAST ore than 600 members of the south east Melbourne community celebrated the achievements and diversity of the vital Melbourne region at Government House recently.


Hosted by the Governor of Victoria the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, community members representing areas as far apart as Glen Waverley and the tip of the Mornington Peninsula – including the shires of Cardinia and Mornington Peninsula, and the cities of Casey, Frankston, Greater Dandenong, Kingston and Monash – gathered at Government House.

as a quality assurance assistant at Cobs Popcorn in Dandenong South. SEM chair Simon McKeon said: “South East Melbourne is a diverse region with more than 1.2 million residents, many of whom have come here from across the

globe to make their home, raise families and create jobs as well as seek and create opportunities. “This was a great opportunity to celebrate the diversity and achievements of the south east Melbourne community.”

Aishwarya Pokkuluri delivering the speech on behalf of the community.

In his address, the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said the gathering was to celebrate the achievements of the communities of the south east. Aishwarya Pokkuluri, 22, who was honoured at the Greater Dandenong Australia Day Awards for her volunteering work with young leaders, delivered a speech on behalf of the community. Aishwarya moved to Melbourne from India as a five-year-old and now works STAKEHOLDER



Marketing on a shoe string A


s a restaurant or café owner/ manager, are you looking at new ways to creatively market and promote your business?

At the Economic Development Unit we often get asked to meet with foodies to discuss options on how to assist with ideas for businesses who don’t have an advertising budget. A new document called Creative ways to market and promote your café or restaurant has been developed to assist and can be used as a basis for when you get your team together to brainstorm ideas. It prompts you to look outside the square for opportunities, but also reminds you of the basics that customers are looking for including great customer service. Also ask yourself do you spend the majority of your time working in your business rather than on your business? How will new customers find you and how do you keep engaging with established customers? What makes you unique and different, making people want to come back again and again to your business? This publication was sent out with Council’s Flavours newsletter but if you didn’t receive it and would like a copy email




HIGHLIGHTS DANDENONG’S OFFERING ven though the Festival is held in March each year, it takes many months of preparation, including a submission the previous year, to be part of this annual Victorian event.


This year there were three events that were given the opportunity to be part of this ‘must-do’ foodie’s festival. The largest event was the Dandenong World Fare that was held at Dandenong Market on Sunday 25 March with nearly 35,000 in attendance from 10am-4pm. With 50 street food vans and stalls, live world music, free children’s activities, free parking and free entry, this was popular with locals and visitors from outside the area. Uncle’s Smallgoods on Saturday 17 March introduced 32 participants to the world of smallgoods and sausage making under the supervision of the head smallgoods maker. They also had a tour of the open fire smokers and then a smallgoods degustation. The last event was the Regional World’s Longest Lunch at Acheron where the city went to the country. There were over 130 participants on one long continuous table in the historic garden at Marian Rennie’s Gallery and home. A number of Dandenong businesses generously provided product and this was showcased during the lunch. Dandenong was promoted side by side with businesses from the region. Taking part in events like Melbourne Food and Wine Festival opens up opportunities for businesses participating, including exposure to a broader audience, credibility and opportunities to connect with potential new customers. It just takes a bit of imagination to come up with an idea for an event, so check out to participate in next year’s event.



ADVANCED MANUFACTURING EARLY STAGE RESEARCH FUND he Australian Government funded Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) is calling for Australian manufacturers to submit their project ideas, with the new $4 million Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (AMESRF) to help take their concepts to the next level.


The fund will help smaller firms move an idea more quickly to larger-scale research or commercialisation. "Companies with promising ideas needing a nudge up the Technology Readiness Level scale should submit their expressions of interest in this new program," said Dr Jens Goennemann, the AMGC's Managing Director. AMESRF is designed to support small-scale and pilot research projects in advanced manufacturing, and benefit smaller firms and early stage research. The fund will provide grants to SMEs for rapid initial feasibility testing, allowing the projects to then

move quickly to larger-scale research or commercialisation. The feasibility test element will allow for success or failure, and processes will accommodate a ‘fast fail’ exit for projects when a low prospect for success is realised. Proposed AMESRF projects should be undertaken in collaboration with other parties in the form of a consortium, whether from research, industry, or other areas. Funds may also be granted to single entity projects that otherwise meet the funding criteria. AMESRF will run from 2017/2018 to 2020/2021 with up to $1 million available per annum to back industryled, small scale and pilot research projects, with an emphasis on fast, tangible results.

applicant’s project must be industry led and involve collaboration with SMEs. Funds may be used for activities directly related to the project, for example: • Equipment development, testing and installation • Software development, testing and deployment • Materials, consumables and laboratory disposables • Salaries and consulting fees directly related to the activities in the project • travel and accommodation for field activities in Australia • Capital expenditure where the equipment/works are directly related to the project.

Assistance per project will range from $100,000 to $400,000 (matched 1:1 with industry cash contributions).

Joint AMESRF applications are acceptable, provided there is a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project, and the lead applicant is eligible to apply.

To be eligible the AMESRF

To learn more visit

2018 Greater Dandenong Chamber Business Awards Nominations NOW OPEN Do you want your business to be recognised and honoured for outstanding achievements in the Greater Dandenong area? ominations for the 2018 Chamber Awards are still open, and we are looking for nominees. Twelve nominated businesses will be selected by the Executive Committee, and each of these businesses will be presented at one of four breakfast events during this year. All the businesses will come together for the final awards presentation events, where the category awards are presented. The winners of each category will be eligible for the overall Greater Dandenong Chamber Business Award.


recognising and honouring outstanding business achievement in the Greater Dandenong area. If you believe that you have a great business story, and are located in the Greater Dandenong area, then please consider nominating yourself for an award. Alternatively, if you know of an outstanding business in the area, you have the opportunity to nominate on their behalf.

If you would like any further information on the Chamber Business Awards, please contact Amanda Checken on 9768 3283 or amanda@

Previous winners have repeatedly expressed their pride and excitement on winning one of the Chamber Awards. Our Awards program continues a nearly 30-year tradition of STAKEHOLDER



SEMMA stands strong and continues to support manufacturing in the South East. EMMA strives to remain the leading voice in Victoria representing the interests of the manufacturing community in the region. SEMMA engage with State and Federal Government on key issues facing their members and collaborate and engage with the regional Councils to reinforce the message on a local scale. Through collaboration with R&D organisations such as CSIRO and Swinburne, SEMMA introduce technology opportunities to you.


In essence, we strive to achieve our goal “Working together as one team,” says Adrian Boden, SEMMA Executive Officer.

Turning science fiction into a more promising reality hirty-five years ago, robots were depicted in movies as either funloving family members or efficient killers with unbelievable capabilities.


Back then, Chris Scott had a more realistic vision for robots and artificial intelligence (AI) founding Advanced Robotics Australia, which has grown and evolved with the technology it offers. Chris is CEO of his family-owned company with wife Kylie, son Andrew and a 30-strong team covering all aspects from concept development through to sales, engineering, assembly and after-sales support. Relocating to Dandenong South in early 2017 increased the company’s factory area to better service its national customers.

Maximise your SEMMA membership by communicating your needs, working together with the SEMMA team to support your business and participating in SEMMA networking events. Please call us! “If we can’t help you directly we can find somebody who can.” As we enter the next financial year SEMMA membership reaches over 215 members! If you’re not yet a member of SEMMA please visit their website or call them to get more information on how SEMMA can support your manufacturing business. Ph: 9768 2524

“We provide turnkey solutions for businesses,” said Mr Scott. “People come to us with complex problems. We source robots internationally and integrate these into solutions either to increase productivity or reduce OH&S issues related to repetitive tasks.

So are the robots taking over? “Overall, robotics, AI and automation minimise errors. Robots replacing humans is not necessarily the reality – automation leads to upskilling of the workforce into more efficient roles. The development of cobots, capable of operating safely within human spaces, is an area we believe will continue to experience growth,” said Mr Scott.

“The customer has comfort in dealing with one company. We build close customer relationships to understand their exact needs, leading to repeat business. “We have a robotic concept design area and test equipment in our factory. We install and commission equipment, providing ongoing service and support as well as full training in using the equipment.” SEMMA member Advanced Robotics Australia has traditionally dealt with general manufacturing, assembly and welding but has recently expanded more into the food and beverage industries. SEMMA provided excellent networking opportunities for us since we moved to Dandenong South.


In addition to integrating robotics and automation, the company supplies Sanbot and Slamtec humanoid robots with capabilities to work, for example, as receptionists and concierges in hospitality. Like self-driving cars, they utilise AI to work autonomously and adapt to their environment.

Chris Scott, Chief Executive Officer



STORYTELLING veryone loves a good story and when Council hosts cultural and food tours, one of the things that is appreciated by the participants is the stories of the businesses told by the business owner or staff.


It is something that really connects the tour participants and the businesses, encouraging participants a return visit after the tours. In the last edition of Stakeholder we featured a story, Tales of Brick and Mortar and since this was published, Council’s Economic Development Unit commissioned a similar project for Greater Dandenong businesses.

Leo and Sam Abdallah from A1 Bakery Dandenong

The journalist Aron Lewin and photographer Tatiana Scott worked on a pilot project where 7 businesses have been interviewed and photographed.

available on Council’s website www. giving an insight to these businesses.

for choosing Dandenong as their destination to trade and what do they see for the future.

These detailed stories with complementary photography of the business and their owners and staff are

It includes, where applicable, the business owner’s journey to Australia, their cultural background, their reason

If you are a retail business and would be interested in this project, contact



arking in central Dandenong just got easier and more accessible thanks to a Council review of parking in the city.

The recent changes have led to the introduction of increased time limits and cost reductions in some areas and provide both short and long-term options for shoppers, visitors and workers. Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Youhorn Chea said Council had listened to community feedback and taken action to provide shoppers and visitors with options to park for longer and at a more affordable price. “Dandenong is a vibrant urban centre and as a result parking is in high demand,” he said. “Council regularly undertakes parking reviews in the city to ensure we are meeting the needs of visitors, residents, workers and traders.” Mayor Chea said all of the changes are designed to meet current community needs and also encourage the use of underutilised parking areas. “We recognise that people are visiting central Dandenong for different reasons,’ he said. “The viability of our traders and their ongoing success is very important and as a result parking needs to be flexible in cost and timing.” “We are committed to ensuring we offer a diverse range of parking options that are easier and accessible so the needs of everyone are met.” For details about the parking changes to central Dandenong and parking options across all of Greater Dandenong go to




Single Touch Payroll Single Touch Payroll is a reporting change for employers. It starts from 1 July 2018 for employers with 20 or more employees. You will report payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and superannuation information from your payroll solution each time you pay your employees. How to count your employees visit media?v=bd1bdiundagpi8

Future Industries Manufacturing Program The Future Industries Manufacturing Program provides funding to help manufacturing companies in Victoria implement new manufacturing technologies and processes. The program supports new technologies and processes that will: • Create new local jobs • Improve productivity and competitiveness • Target new growth opportunities. Grants of up to $500,000 are available. Companies are required to match $3 for every $1 granted.


offers a range of grants and support to Victorian businesses to improve your energy and materials efficiency. he Energy Assessment Grant offer is open for a few more months, with applications to close on 28 September 2018.


The Basic energy assessment grant: Businesses can receive up to $5000 to invest in energy efficiency. The grant will cover up to $2000 towards the cost of a basic energy assessment and a further $3000 bonus to implement energy efficiency actions. Funding example: For an assessment quoted at $2600, Sustainability Victoria (SV) funds $2000, the business funds $600. The assessment report recommends an energy saving project costing $3000, SV funds the $3000 to undertake the project. The Detailed energy assessment grant: Businesses can receive up to $20,000 to invest in energy efficiency. The grant will cover half of the cost of an assessment up to $15,000 and a $5000 bonus to be used to implement energy efficiency actions. Funding example: For an assessment quoted at $8200, SV funds $4100, the business funds $4100. The assessment report recommends an energy saving project costing $5000, SV funds the $5000 to undertake the project. Our Gas Efficiency Grant offers businesses the opportunity to apply for up to $50,000 towards the capital costs to reduce gas usage. Supporting information for these and other grants and services can be found at If you need further support phone the Sustainable Business team on 03 8626 8700 or email

For more information visit: and search future industries manufacturing program.

The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) NEIS offers training, income support and tailored advice to help job seekers become small business owners. There’s a network of 21 specialist providers to help job seekers start and run a new small business via: • Accredited small business training and mentoring for up to 52 weeks • Income support for up to 39 weeks • Rental assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible) • Mentoring and support from a NEIS provider in the first year of the new business

Asia Gateway Vouchers offer funding of up to $50,000, on a one-to-one co-contribution basis, to support Victorian businesses and organisations to develop and implement market development plans to increased export and business activities with Victoria’s top Asian trading partners.

To learn more, visit and search Asia Gateway Voucher


Asia Gateway Voucher Projects will build on the capabilities and connections they need to access and expand into China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.



HAVE YOUR SAY – SBRR: Regulator interaction with the Construction Sector Are you a small business in the construction industry? The Victorian Government is running a review aimed at improving how regulators interact with small businesses in this sector. Visit smallbizreview to find out more about the Small Business Regulation Review (SBRR).

JUNE Chamber Networking

Visit The IT Revolution: Artificial Intelligence and Big Data


• Wednesday 6 June 2018

Hosted by Eastern Innovation Business Centre (EIBC)

Platinum Partner Networking Night and AGM

• 5.30pm - 7.30pm

• Tuesday 26 June

• Wednesday 15 August 2018

Drum Theatre - cnr Walker and Lonsdale Streets, Dandenong

• 11am - 12pm

• 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Participation is free

Contact 9768 3283 or info@ for more information.

Contact EIBC on 1300 462 822 or visit to register.

NAB Business Centre – 3 Ordish Drive, Dandenong South

Tendering – Learn the tools needed to bid for tenders


Presented by Kristine Daw from Dawtek

Platinum Partner Networking Night

• Wednesday 20 June

• Wednesday 4 July 2018

• 5.30pm - 8pm

• 5.30pm - 7.30pm

$30 per participant

Mercedes Benz Berwick – 518 Princes Highway, Berwick

Dandenong Civic Centre Level 2, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong Contact 8571 1550 or business@cgd. to register.

Contact 9768 3283 or info@ for more information.

SEPTEMBER SEBN Lunch with the Winners A celebration of local young people’s varied pathways to successful outcomes in both school and work life.

Contact 9768 3283 or info@ for more information.

• Tuesday 4 September

Greater Dandenong Chamber Business Awards Breakfast

Contact or phone 8571 1576 for more information on table sponsorship and to register your interest.

• Friday 27 July 2018

• 12pm - 2pm

• 7am - 9am Punthill Apartment Hotel Dandenong – 157-163 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong Contact 9768 3283 or info@ for more information. STAKEHOLDER

Greater Dandenong Tours

Have an authentic cultural experience without your passport!

s r e v o L d o o F Tours Choose either Dandenong or Springvale to experience wonderful food without requiring a passport. Each Food Lovers Tour visits the heart of the activity centre visiting our culturally diverse businesses tasting some amazing flavours. Enjoy delicious samplings along the way and finish with a meal at the end of the tour.

Afghanr Bazaa

Be introduced to the wonderful Afghan business community learning how traditional Afghan bread is made, visiting a traditional homewares shop, supermarkets and finishing with an Afghan banquet. Guarantee you won’t walk away hungry!

Group bookings for 8–16 people available upon request. For more information and bookings visit or phone 8571 1666

s g n i l p m u D and Desserts

Who doesn’t like dumplings and desserts and on this tour you can indulge in both. You will be treated to a variety of dumplings along the way and finish with fabulous desserts.

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