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June 2017 Startups, Micro and Small Business Support Page 3

How the Government is Supporting Business Page 6

Is there an Award for you? Page 17

Can SEMMA help with your rising energy costs? Page 19



CONTACT 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 1346 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 2017.' To receive your copy of Stakeholder electronically, email to provide your details.

his June edition is devoted to the many forms of help on offer to our local businesses. Whether it's from government programs or member organisations, read on to find out how to tap into and make the most of the opportunities. We report on the assistance provided to startups, micro and small businesses. There are two pages outlining our commitment and strategies to develop and focus our energies on fostering a growing and collaborative business community. The Victorian Government has developed a series of six sector strategies under the Future Industries Fund. We provide an overview of these strategies on pages six, to ten. The Australian Government also provides support and guidance for businesses and you can read about these throughout this edition. Energy and the impact on businesses is highlighted on pages 13 and 19, as are the local Sustainability Awards and the recently opened Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

Paul Kearsley.

Our region is strategically placed to take advantage of the offerings of government and to utilise the many organisations and associated networks that are located here. Come take advantage. Paul Kearsley Group Manager, Greater Dandenong Business

Victorian Government budget recap

Australian Government budget recap

Extra $10 million for the Local $5 million to boost the Future Industry Fund for Transition Industries Manufacturing Fund (LIFT) (see page 6) Program (FIMP) (see page 6)

$100 million to establish an Advanced Manufacturing Fund to boost innovation, skills and employment in advanced manufacturing

$5.8 million in new funding to boost the number of social enterprises (see page 20)

Payroll tax-free threshold will increase

Implementation of the recommendations from the Small Business Regulatory Review

Increased Small Business Victoria online service delivery


The instant asset write off will be extended for a further 12 months to 30 June 2018, allowing small businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10 million to immediately deduct eligible assets each costing less than $20,000.

The establishment of a $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund

The establishment of a $1 billion National Housing Infrastructure Facility


STARTUPS, MICRO AND SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT Did you know that startups and entrepreneurs are a large contributor to new jobs and innovation in Australia?

Startups created

1.44 million

As a result there has been a renewed emphasis on entrepreneurialism and business startups – with all tiers of Government now providing greater assistance and guidance to support a growing start-up community.


his renewed focus has boosted the Start-Up community and is driving an increase in both activities and infrastructure to help entrepreneurs to build new businesses. In some circumstances there is funding associated with the programs on offer. So if you are an entrepreneur, budding start up, already a start-up or a microbusiness, there is assistance on hand to help you get connected and build a great business.





tartUp Victoria is a non-profit organisation dedicated to building and supporting Victoria's start-up ecosystem. They organise some of the biggest Tech Start-up events in Melbourne and, with a 4500 plus membership base, are one of Australia’s largest entrepreneurship groups. To learn more and get involved visit


he following Australian Government website provides information on raising money with crowd-sourced equity funding or through attracting more venture capital investment, tax breaks to encourage investment in innovative start-ups, supporting start-ups through incubators and accelerators and much more. Visit startups-and-entrepreneurs

hrough private investment, and also both Australian and Victorian Government funding programs, there is now an increased number of business incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces equipped to help start-ups tackle the issues of isolation, resources and also provide a network of likeminded people to drive innovation and commercialisation opportunities.


To read about the difference between incubators and accelerators visit www.


n Victoria we not only have an array of guidance for businesses online at au, the State Government has also committed $60 million over four years to the development of Victoria’s start up community. This includes the establishment of LaunchVic, an independent company that will accelerate start-ups, generate new ideas and create jobs in Victoria by providing funds to projects. Visit


The following links will lead you to some local spaces to link in with:



t is important that young businesses are aware of the additional assistance provided by the Office of the Small

jobs from 2006-2011 in Australia.

Business Commissioner. This office provides quick, effective, neutral and low cost mediation services to small businesses, and is particularly helpful when small business needs assistance in dealing fairly with larger enterprises. Visit:



xperienced business mentors can provide business advice and help you set and achieve your business goals. The Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) is a government supported, philanthropic organisation offering affordable guidance from experienced volunteer mentors to help you overcome your challenges or plan your business future. See Council’s Economic Development Unit (EDU) can provide assistance to connect you in with business mentoring. Email The following pages feature a variety of programs, funds and activities provided by Council as well as the Australian and Victorian Governments, and private business support which are also relevant for micro and startup businesses. Of particular interest to the entrepreneur, start-up and micro business community will be the Greater Dandenong Small Business Workshop and Seminar Series and, small business grants program the Social Enterprises and Home Based Businesses (see page 20) support program. Details of these and a dedicated 'StartUp' page are found on the ‘work’ (business) pages of Council’s website. Visit

New tool to help young entrepreneurs is the First Business app. Visit > search First Business to find out more. STAKEHOLDER 3



ouncil has now developed the new Council Plan for 2017-21 and feedback from our business community and residents has been incredibly valuable. Key priorities within the new plan for our business community include: • Facilitating job sustainability and growth • Support for social enterprises • Marketing business and investment success stories • Supporting businesses through education, awareness, collaboration, networking and trade opportunities • Supporting the economic sustainability of activity centres • Promoting opportunities for businesses to participate in the global economy


ouncil's Economic Development Unit and partners bring you the 2017 Small Business Workshops and Seminar series. Aimed at home based, micro and small businesses, these workshops can help you make your business the best it can be. You will be provided with assistance on a wide range of topics for growth and development. Come along and make valuable connections too. search > business workshops


he Greater Dandenong Business Grants Program awards grants to small businesses growing in, or intending to locate in the City of Greater Dandenong municipality (some exclusions apply).

What’s driving Council’s business support activities? T

he following strategies and supporting action plans provide the focus for the business support activities of Council’s Greater Dandenong Business Group. Each of these strategies has been developed in partnership with key industry players and stakeholders involved in each of the targeted business sectors. You can view the strategy documents at > Work > Business Resources and Data

Achieving Greater Dandenong's Potential


ouncil’s Local Economic and Employment Development Strategy - Achieving Greater Dandenong’s Potential provides the framework to promote the municipality’s short, medium and long term economic prosperity. It aims to create pathways where “people of all ages and backgrounds can reach their potential, gain the skills and education they need for success in life, and be part of a prosperous economy where all trade, manufacturing and business activity flourishes”. Focussing on Education, Training and Skills Development; Business, Industry and Employment; Economic and Social Wellbeing; and Local Government Leadership, the strategy takes a holistic approach to achieving this vision.

Regional Food Strategy


upported by the Victorian Government’s identification of the Food and Fibre Sector as a major growth sector, the City of Greater Dandenong’s Regional Food Strategy aims to maximise the economic potential embedded in the local and regional food system. The municipality offers several strategic and locational advantages to food production, processing and retail businesses located here. These include its proximity to Gippsland producers; access to transport infrastructure and publicly funded research institutions; and the City’s rich food culture. Based on three pillars: Food Industry, World Food and Food Health, the Strategy was co-designed in partnership with local industry and key stakeholders to maximise the economic opportunities around food production, processing, retail and distribution within the municipality. (Refer to pages 7 and 21).

Tourism Strategy


ouncil's tourism strategy outlines plans for the development, management and marketing of the City of Greater Dandenong as a visitor destination. It aims to capitalise on the municipality's strengths including its distinctive kaleidoscope of cultures and diverse food offering.

Guidelines and the application details can be found www.greaterdandenong. com/ search > business grants Categories include; Start-up grants, Business growth grants and Relocation/ expansion grants.


he City of Greater Dandenong Mayor and Chief Executive Officer business luncheons offer an opportunity for our businesses to speak one-on-one with both the Mayor and Chief Executive Officer about the issues and direction of your business. This year’s attendees are valued business customers of the financial sector. If you are interested in attending a future session, please register your interest at 4 STAKEHOLDER

Research has shown that Greater Dandenong’s attractions are not well known beyond the municipality, hence a key focus of the strategy is to raise awareness of Greater Dandenong as a place to visit.

Placemaking Framework


ouncil’s Placemaking Framework underpins the revitalisation of the city’s three key activity centres, Dandenong, Noble Park and Springvale. The framework will ensure these areas maintain their unique character and continue to develop as places that are economically sustainable and provide a range of experiences and spaces meaningful to the people who use them. Visit > search placemaking for further information.


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Great Bites Foodies Guide

Council’s business support strategies in action C

ouncil’s Greater Dandenong Business (GDB) group is tasked with delivering on the strategies featured on the facing page. GDB comprises three teams: Activity Centres Revitalisation (ACR), South East Business Networks (SEBN), and the Economic Development Unit (EDU). ACR leads and coordinates the revitalisation of the Dandenong, Springvale and Noble Park activity centres through the stewardship of property development and supporting infrastructure, stakeholder engagement, place making, and project management. Key functions and activities: • Activity centre planning and strategy development • Place making • Infrastructure planning and delivery

• Networks & common interest groups, e.g. export/globalisation and workplace health and safety • Peer-based business development and collaboration

• Small business grants

• Capability development and supplychain linkages

• Social enterprise support

• CEO networks and mentoring

• Commercial and social sector collaboration

• Leadership development

• Local buy/procurement support

• Education and Employment – industry connections

• Local economic data provision and economic profiling

• Women In Business network and activities

• Mayor and CEO round tables

• Industry breakfast events • Showcasing women in business events

• Activity centre advocacy SEBN facilitates the delivery of programs and networks targeting the south-east region’s manufacturing sector and women in business. Through engagement, education and connection, SEBN aims to ‘build better business’ and ensure a stronger, more resilient and globally engaged business community. Key functions and activities:

EDU enhances the economic prosperity of the area by marketing the municipality as a business destination; facilitating business attraction, investment and employment creation; supporting existing businesses; and measuring and monitoring the local and regional economy. Key functions and activities:

• Engagement and capacity building

• Business mentoring

• Manufacturing programs

• Business and community connection events, e.g. Lunch with the Winners and ‘Take a Swing for Charity’ Golf Day. For more detail refer pages 14 and 15.

• Strategic property development

• Investment attraction and facilitation via face-to-face engagement, networking and collateral development.

• Real estate and developer forums • Food and cultural tours • Facilitating participation in major foodie events, e.g. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival • Small business workshops and seminars • High Performance Food Consortium • Food Manufacturing Collaborative Network (FMCN) • Tourism and visitor attraction • Building regional partnerships • Business Communications • Connecting business to state and federal government agencies and R&D organisations.

The three Greater Dandenong Business teams are dedicated to serving the needs of our business community and strengthening the economy of Melbourne’s South East. GDB staff welcome your business enquiries and are very happy to meet with you and make appropriate introductions to assist establish and grow your business. We encourage you to register your contact details with GDB so that you can receive Council’s quarterly Stakeholder business magazine and regular business Enewsletters from SEBN and EDU. GDB can be contacted via email at: or phone at: 8571 1550 STAKEHOLDER 5


How the Government is


oth the Australian and the Victorian Governments have identified sectors with the highest potential for extraordinary economic growth and the capacity to create high-skill, high wage jobs. Each have launched programs and funding specifically to support businesses in those sectors. The Australian Government is investing $250 million over four years in Industry Growth Centres - a collaborative, industry-led approach aimed at building capability and stronger industry systems. To see if your sector has an Industry Growth Centres and if you qualify for the support they offer visit The Victorian Government has launched a series of sector strategies, and a funding program specifically designed to boost business in those sectors. The $200 million Future Industries Fund (FIF) offers grants of up to $1 million to undertake Victorian based projects that will create new jobs and drive growth and productivity. These grants focus on technology infrastructure – for both startups and growth in businesses within the following sectors: • Food & Fibre (see page 7) • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceutical (see page 8) • Defence, Transport and Construction Technologies– aligning to the Australian Government priority of Advanced Manufacturing (see page 9) • International Education, Professional Services and new energy technologies (see page 10)


To view the sector strategies and funding visit au/support-for-your-business/futureindustries Other priority industry sectors for Victoria are Creative Industries, Digital Technologies, and the Visitor Economy; and for the Australian Government we can add Cyber-Security, Mining Equipment, Technology and Services, as well as Oil, Gas and Energy Resources (closely aligning with the Victorian ‘New Energy’ category). Businesses who either fit into, or are moving into those sector categories, and are looking at new technologies for startup, expansion or transformation into new products should check with the Dandenong Victorian Government Business Office for what support they can access. Phone 9938 0100 or email information.southmetro@ecodev.vic.

Other funding opportunities


ocal businesses are also finding assistance through the following:

• The $100 million Back to Work Scheme which gives businesses an incentive to hire unemployed youth and the long-term unemployed. Although fully subscribed the scheme is still supporting retrenched automotive industry workers and dairy industry workers in specific regions, including Dandenong. • The $200 million Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund is driving growth, creating jobs and boosting exports from paddock to port.

• The Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) aims to create sustainable jobs and contribute to the economic development of the local areas most impacted by the closure of the major car manufacturers (including Dandenong). • The New Energy Technologies program will work with the industry to drive maximum value from Victoria’s energy resource. For more information on those funds visit

General business support from Government


he Australian Government provides information and support to plan and start, run and exit a business in Australia. Visit to step through the guidance provided, including the free “Grants & Assistance” tool to find support, funding, assistance packages and loans for your business from all levels of government. The Victorian Government provides extensive information to help businesses boost productivity, improve skills, and increase growth potential through awards, grants and assistance programs, with checklists and information on www. The website includes helpful guides on purchasing or leasing premises, business registrations and relevant legislation, employing people, growing your business, exporting and succession planning. There is also information on what business grants and trade missions are currently available. See page 21 for Export support.

Entrepreneurs' Programme


he Entrepreneurs' Programme is an initiative promoting business competitiveness and productivity. It forms part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. Visit



Food, Fibre and Agribusiness L

ocal food businesses across all parts of the supply chain are being offered great opportunities here in Greater Dandenong. The Australian Government identified “Food and Agribusiness” as a priority sector, while the Victorian Government identified “Food & Fibre” as one of its priority sectors. The City of Greater Dandenong's food strategy and action plan were developed in recognition of the strength and potential growth of those sectors locally.

In Greater Dandenong, The Food and Beverage Product Manufacturing sectors contribute $1.32 billion (or 4.2 per cent) of total output for the municipality. The two sectors employ 2500 people. Australian Government Growth Centre for food


s mentioned on Page 6, the Australian Government supports identified sectors with Growth Centres. The national Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre is known as Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL), and is based at the CSIRO Food Innovation Centre in Werribee, Victoria. FIAL offers a range of practical and professional assistance to get Australian food products into overseas markets, to upskill food businesses through professional workshops, and by providing programs to support innovation and new technologies in the food chain.

How we connect local foodies


ouncil’s Economic Development Unit (EDU) is delivering a series of workshops and site tours under the banner of the Greater Dandenong Food Manufacturer’s Collaborative Network (FMCN). This includes a range of FIAL workshops, along with tours of relevant research facilities to enable local businesses to raise their profile, and to facilitate connections with each other, service providers and the research sector.

Victorian Government activities for foodies


he Victorian Government Food and Fibre Sector Strategy outlines the extensive funding and support on offer. This includes access to the $200 million Future Industries Fund, the $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund and the $508 million Premier’s Jobs and Investment Fund. See page 6 for more details or visit to explore how you can access assistance.

Other activities to service our local foodies


he EDU has been building a strong partnership with the Victorian Agribusiness Council including being part of visits from overseas chefs and hospitality retail representatives seeking quality foods on offer in Victoria. The City of Greater Dandenong is also host to the 2017 Victorian Agribusiness Summit in August of this year, with the theme ‘Smart Technologies 4 Food’ – a meeting of the minds for food producers and manufacturers.

Greater Dandenong Business Group Manager, Paul Kearsley is now a board member of Agribusiness Gippsland, furthering engagement with that region’s food producers and the potential for linkages with local food processors. The EDU is also driving the commencement of a fee-for-service High Performance Consortium for future-driven food manufacturers with a passion for excellence in their business, giving them the opportunity to work with other non-competing firms to challenge and learn from each other to accelerate and sustain significant business improvements. The consortium is part of a vibrant community who are getting better results by working together, sharing best practice, applying 'Lean' principles, world class manufacturing and other significant improvement approaches.

Support for food retailers Raising the profile of the unique and quality food shopping and dining on offer here in Greater Dandenong, the EDU has been undertaking extensive marketing through magazine advertising, hosting food tours, supporting local foodies to showcase in expos and festivals, and runs TV advertising campaigns across Gippsland to attract visitors to come and experience the local offer. As you can see, if you are a food business in Greater Dandenong, there is plenty of support for you. Visit www. or contact Council’s Food Enterprise and Tourism Officer, Helen Beekmans at

Greater Dandenong Regional Food Strategy (see page 4)





Australia Biotech Invest A

ustralia Biotech Invest will be held in Melbourne on 24 October 2017. Life science companies from Australia and around the world will present their business and technologies to investors. Visit www.australiabiotechinvest. to find out more.

Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Support from the Victorian Government


ictoria has one of the world's largest life science clusters comprising the medical technology (medtech), biotechnology (biotech) and pharmaceutical industries. It is home to a vibrant commercial sector, key R&D infrastructure and advanced manufacturing expertise, making it a highly sought after destination by global companies. As such the Victorian Government has produced the Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical Sector Strategy to support growth in existing businesses, and accelerate the creation and attraction of new businesses to Victoria. As for Food businesses (see previous page), the Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical Sector Strategy outlines extensive funding and support on offer to businesses within the sector. This includes access to the $200 million Future Industries Fund. For details of this fund visit

Support being offered through the Australian Government

Melbourne’s eastern and south eastern suburbs are home to a diversity of high technology manufacturers of medtech, biotech and pharmaceutical products. Source: Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical Sector Strategy – Victoria’s Future Industries 8 STAKEHOLDER


he Australian Government’s Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Growth Centre (MTPConnect), based at Monash University in Clayton, has established its Project Fund Program, a $15.6 million competitive, minimum dollar-for-dollar matched funding program. In the first round $7.4 million of funding was announced in October 2016 for 14 national projects in the medtech, biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. Expressions of interest for the second round will open mid-2017. Visit MTPConnect has also developed a 10 year strategic plan, and there are a series of Cooperative Research Centres available for businesses operating in these sectors to access support.

Local support for your sector


he South East Melbourne Innovation Partnership (SEMIP), of which the City of Greater Dandenong is a founding member is ideally placed to link Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical businesses into leading Australian research resources. Refer page 18 of this edition for more detail.


The Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing sector contributes $656 million (or 2.1 %) of total output of Greater Dandenong. Source: REMPLAN Economy Economic Modelling and Planning System




ictoria is a significant player when it comes to major Australian Defence projects, and is primed to meet the need for advanced technologies across land, maritime, aerospace and cyber defence domains. The Transport Technology Sector includes the manufacture of trains and rolling stock, buses, trucks, specialty vehicles, passenger motor vehicles, recreational vehicles and trailers, as well as the manufacture of vehicle and aircraft components. This is an area of strength within the municipality, accounting for 16% of local manufacturing jobs in 2011, and contributing over $300 million to the local economy (GRP).

Transport Technologies =

3634 local jobs

The sector is supported by design and engineering services, traffic management and intelligent transport systems, an area of growth potential for this region.


The Construction Technologies Sector, driven by industry demands for efficiency and better environmental performance, is critical to supporting Victoria’s infrastructure, housing and commercial building needs. The potential for emerging businesses and/or new products are driving growth opportunities within this sector. There are significant opportunities to create sustainable jobs in areas of niche, high value, and high quality manufacturing. Companies in the food, medical technologies and pharmaceutical, defence, transport and construction technologies sectors are already pioneering new technologies and successfully manufacturing products locally, for sale globally.

As outlined for other priority sectors, businesses operating in the Defence, Transport and Construction Technology sectors have strong opportunities to access assistance for new technology infrastructure, workforce programs and export market development through the Victorian Government sector strategies and supporting funding (refer page 6). Visit

Technical Equipment and Appliances contributes $276 million in GRP

Support being offered through both tiers of Government

Local support for advanced manufacturing

ictoria is rapidly becoming the national centre for advanced manufacturing, with both the Commonwealth funded Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre both located in Victoria.

hrough programs run by Council’s South East Business Networks, opportunities are being explored to leverage the considerable expertise and talent developed in the automotive sector and transition it across these growth potential sectors. (refer pages 14 and 15).



Local Industry Fund for Transition T

he Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) is part of the Towards Future Industries: Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan, which aims to support workers, communities and businesses affected by the closure of large scale passenger vehicle manufacturing in the State. Visit:




Education, Professional Services, Digital Technologies and Creative Industries. Assistance from the Victorian Government

Support from the Australian Government

s outlined on previous pages, the Victorian Government has launched support and funding for a series of priority industry sectors that will drive economic growth and create jobs. Included in that list, with sector strategies now available, are International Education, Professional Services (through the Future Industries program) and now Creative Industries (through Creative State, Victoria’s first Creative Industries Strategy).

igital Technologies, including Cybersecurity have been identified as a hot-bed of innovativion. In recognition of this growth potential, first announced as part of the Australian Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (ACSGN) has been appointed to deliver on the activities of the Cyber Security Growth Centre.



Creative industries are an evolving mix of sectors spanning arts, culture, screen, design, publishing and advertising, and are set to be amongst the sectors experiencing growth and providing future jobs in Victoria. As such the Victorian Government is actively supporting growth in the sector through business accelerators and shared working space support, and leveraging government buying power. Visit Businesses fitting the International Education, Professional Services or Creative Industries industry categories, and are looking to expand their business, should connect with the Victorian Government through their local Victorian Government Business Office (VGBO) to see what opportunities and assistance they can attract.


Beginning its operations in early 2017, the ACSGN will bring together businesses and researchers to develop the next generation of products and services that are needed to live and work securely in our increasingly connected world. Activities such as these offer opportunities for smart and agile businesses to partner in the commercialisation of new products. Businesses operating in, or entrepreneurs interested in this area should visit page/cyber-security-growth-centre

New Energy – the shining light in our future.


ictoria has a wealth of clean energy resources which are set to play a key role in meeting Victoria's future energy needs. Victoria's share of electricity generated from renewable resources has increased substantially, from 4.8 per cent in 2009 to 12 per cent in 2014.

Australia is forecast to attract $36 billion in renewable energy investments by 2020. It is vital Victoria captures a share of this. ‘New Energy’ businesses or those with innovations to drive new energy opportunities should connect in with the Victorian and Australian Government programs to support the growth of that sector. An example of this is the $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund, supporting Victorian-based projects that create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of renewable energy generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive innovation in new energy technologies. Funding to support new energy technology projects will be available through three annual grant rounds, with the next round expected to open late 2017. Find out more about the program and eligibility at www. The development of innovative methods of creating and delivering renewable energy is offering significant opportunities for businesses diversifying from traditional industries. Pages 12 and 13 outline some of the programs and activities across the broader sustainability and waste sectors, which also offer opportunities for new business or business diversification and growth.

Victorian Fair Payment Code T he Victorian Fair Payment Code provides a framework for businesses to pay their small and medium suppliers on time.

Visit to learn more.


Quick guide for retailers A

s a retailer, sometimes it is overwhelming trying to work out how to stay on top of things with changes to laws, permits required, disputes with suppliers, employing staff and also your customers being more informed on products to buy. Don’t despair, there is help out there including through the Council’s Economic Development Unit. Visit Business Victoria is the Victorian Government resource to help businesses start up, develop & grow. This includes information on grants, public holidays, marketing, money, profit and accounting, hiring and managing staff, and events and workshops.

Dispute resolution The Victorian Small Business Commissioner (VSBC) helps to resolve business disputes through preliminary assistance or mediation. This includes disputes between retail tenants and landlords. Visit

Food, Health and Prescribed Accommodation Businesses All businesses that prepare, cook and provide food for customers need to ensure that it is safe to eat and complies with food laws, including the Victorian Food Act 1984. These businesses must be registered with Council’s Environmental Health Office. Businesses that come under the definition of ‘Health’, like hairdressers or beauticians, and ‘Prescribed Accommodation’ businesses, like rooming houses, also need to be registered with Council’s Local Environmental Health Office to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation. This includes home based businesses. The City of Greater Dandenong public health team are happy to discuss your plans to establish a food or health

You can subscribe to the small business email newsletter which provides information to help you run your business and comply with the law. The Business Victoria website also provides information, checklists and guidance on issues like buying a franchise, signing a lease, or licenses and registrations. Visit Consumer Affairs Victoria is a business unit of the Department of Justice & Regulation, within the Victorian government. They are Victoria’s consumer affairs regulator. Their purpose is to help inform businesses and consumers. Visit

This site not only provides information for businesses, but also information for customers – where you will see what your customers can access including Refunds and Returns, Warranties, Layby and gift vouchers, Advertising and promotions. There is even an APP for consumers called MyShopRights. As identified on, industry research is an important part of planning for your business. It plays a large part in identifying economic and industry trends. To access retail industry statistics visit and search > retail fact sheet.

business and ensure you meet all the regulatory requirements. Visit www. > search food or health business or for more information.

directing industry policy. They aim to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for their members. Visit

Tobacco Reform – NEW CHANGES

The Springvale Asian Business Association (SABA) is a business community group that was set up in Springvale in 1989 to assist the promotion of the Springvale Central Activities District and Springvale businesses in general. It is a membership organisation for the Springvale Traders and not only advocates for the centre, but facilitates activities to bring visitors to Springvale. Contact Mr Daniel Cheng 0466 021 916

From 1 August 2017 an Amendment to the Tobacco Act will come into force to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas and regulate e-cigarettes and shisha tobacco in the same way as other tobacco products. It is crucial that owners and managers of food premises keep abreast of these changes. For details visit and search > tobacco reform

Memberships and Awards The following are some member organisations offering services which may be beneficial for retailers. Many of these also offer business award programs with retail categories (see Page 17 of this edition for details on business award programs). Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the peak industry association providing a voice for issues impacting the retail sector, influencing and

The Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce services all sectors of the local business community, promoting regional growth through leadership, support programs, networking and civic involvement. They offer business events, and a business awards program, which includes a specific Retail award category. Visit www. For more see page 19 "Chamber Chat"

If you require further information, give us a call at Council’s Economic Development Unit on 8571 1550 and we will assist with your enquiry. STAKEHOLDER 11


Business opportunities in the resource recovery and reuse sector G

reater Dandenong is becoming a hub for the rapidly expanding resource recovery and reuse sector. A number of sector businesses have been featured in recent editions of Stakeholder including Renex whose integrated waste treatment and resource recovery facility treats contaminated soils and other prescribed industrial wastes otherwise destined for landfill (September 2016 edition); Waste Converters/Smart Recycling who recycle a range of waste materials including timber pallets and packaging, and also sponsor the innovative 'Create from a Crate' Competition in partnership with the Victorian Woodworkers Association (June 2016); and Biofuel Innovations, a biofuel producer that converts used cooking oil into biodiesel (March 2016 edition). Greater Dandenong is one of only two metropolitan Councils with Industrial 2 Zoned land ideally suited for resource recovery and reuse activities.

WHAT’S PLANNED FOR THE SECTOR Victoria is aiming to grow resource recovery in the state, generating up to $5 billion in opportunities for infrastructure investment by 2044. This equates to $120-167 million in annual investment opportunities in financing technology, infrastructure and expertise to significantly improve Victoria’s resource recovery. Victoria leads Australia in the development of its waste and resource recovery sector.


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A number of programs are available to assist business enter or expand in the sector, as well as tap into the waste recovery supply chain as either a supplier of waste materials or user of recycled product. For example: Sustainability Victoria offers a sector wide Investment Facilitation Service informed by a comprehensive Waste & Resource Recovery Infrastructure Investment Prospectus. You can access both via their website > Business and Industry. ASPIRE is an online marketplace which matches your business with potential purchasers or recyclers of your waste byproducts. It saves on your disposal costs and cuts the amount of waste going to landfill. ASPIRE is run by the CSIRO in collaboration with local councils and business networks. Find at more at

Waste and resource recovery funding opportunities

Assistance to help businesses reduce their energy bills

Local recognition for your sustainability achievements

Financial support for waste and resource recovery infrastructure is available from a range of government agencies at both State and Commonwealth levels. To check these out, visit au > Investment facilitation > Funding opportunities.

Sustainability Victoria also offers grants to assist businesses improve their energy use efficiencies under its $3 million Boosting Productivity Program. The program aims to equip SMEs with energy efficiency skills and connect them to expert advice to help them cut energy costs and reduce greenhouse emissions. Visit their website for details > Business and Industry.

The City of Greater Dandenong conducts an annual Sustainability Awards Program which includes Sustainable Business and Sustainable Development categories. The 201617 winners and runners up for these two categories are profiled on the following page.




Sustainability Awards I

n February and March 2017, the City of Greater Dandenong delivered the family focused Sustainability Festival, and the Sustainability Awards that showcased local businesses and residents who have demonstrated sustainability leadership. Council also demonstrated its own commitment and sustainability leadership by launching the 201630 Sustainability Strategy, the new Sustainable Greater Dandenong website and the Annual Sustainability Report. The strategy provides Council with a framework that will ensure sustainability is at the heart of everything it does, and provides the broader community with a road map for becoming a truly sustainable city. The vision from the strategy is as follows:

By 2030 the City of Greater Dandenong is one of the most sustainable cities in Australia. On Thursday 30 March 2017, Council hosted industry experts and business leaders at a SEBN Breakfast Forum, which explored the future of the energy network in Australia and the impacts on business. The event also saw the presentation of Council’s 2017 Annual Sustainability Awards for Business and Developments.

Krpan, the CEO of Sustainability Victoria, highlighted State Government programs and support available for businesses. The final speaker, Scott Bocskay, the CEO of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund, outlined how to unlock finance for energy solutions through the use of Environmental Upgrade Agreements. The breakfast concluded with the presentation of the Greater Dandenong 2017 Sustainability Awards: Business and Development Categories. Smart Recycling was crowned winner of the Sustainable Business category, with Biofuel Innovations a close runner-up. For the Sustainable Development category, the award winner was Developers Newlands for their project The Quarter, located on the old Springvale Depot site. The runnerup Intrapac Property was also highly commended for their entry, Somerfield Estate. All four award recipients demonstrated outstanding qualities of sustainability leadership and innovation.


cross the Victorian community, over 90 per cent of us want government, business and industry to be involved in environmental projects, particularly if they tackle climate change. Each year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognises and promotes the success stories of businesses, organisations, communities and social enterprises that have introduced sustainability into what they do, providing great role models for us all. The Awards feature 10 categories, including Innovative Products or Services, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Large Business. Previous business finalists and winners say that their involvement in the Awards has led to improved staff morale, acknowledged green credentials with their customers and stronger relationships in their communities. If your business is doing something great in sustainability, enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Entries close Wednesday 21 June 2017. For more information about how to enter the awards and to attend an information session go to www.

The forum was headlined by Kate Griffith, from the Grattan Institute, who provided insight into Australia’s energy network, existing policy and pressures faced by business. Stan

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To find out more about other award programs, refer to page 17.

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Classroom to Boardroom S WHY NOT JOIN YOUR PEERS IN A MANUFACTURING NETWORK IN 2017 THAT INCLUDES: • Manufacturing Leadership • Workplace Health & Safety • Manufacturing ‘Xcellents’ (Shop Floor) • Export / Globalisation • South East Quality Network (SEQN)

EBN is well known for its work with the business sector but less well known for its work with schools. With an eye on the future, SEBN facilitates and supports a range of initiatives that aim to inform local students of the world of work awaiting them as they exit school and give them opportunities to network with employers. Working collaboratively with SELLEN (South East Local Learning and Employment Network) through a shared Development Officer, SEBN hosts the annual Lunch with the Winners event each September, bringing employers and senior secondary students together for networking over lunch. A range of presenters share their education to employment journeys with the students and a futurist provides a glimpse into the emerging employment landscape

being transformed by technology. A fixture on the school’s calendar, this event attracts more than 200 students and is made possible through the generous table sponsorships provided by local business. SEBN is also active in the primary school arena, working to link business into the classrooms of local year five and six students. Supporting enterprise education activities and exploring avenues for co-design of curriculum between schools and business are just two examples of projects SEBN are initiating with partner schools. Input and involvement from local business is always welcome so if you would like to know more or participate in SEBN’s work in schools, contact Sandra George on 8571 1576.

• Young Leaders (under 40) • SE Women in Business • CEO Mentoring

LOOKING FOR LOCAL TALENT? 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:


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nce again local industry proved their corporate responsibility and community strength, raising just over $50,000 at the CGDIndustry ‘Take a Swing for Charity’ golf day in February. Rated one of the most successful golf days on the Sandhurst calendar, all monies raised this year have gone to the Mirabel Foundation and will be used in this region for kinship carer support groups; therapeutic children’s groups and a young teens program. Miranda Purchase said ‘Mirabel is currently receiving referrals at the rate of 4 new families each week and with the funds raised by the Take a Swing for Charity Golf Day, we are able to extend our existing programs in the region to ensure the ongoing support to all Mirabel families.’

Thanks to all involved for your support at this special event, with special acknowledgement to our major sponsors: KPJ Group (Gold) Grenda Corporation (Silver) Future Metals Recycling (Bronze) Norden Group (Bronze) Bombardier Transportation (Bronze) Wadeson IP (Bronze) ERNTEC (Bronze) Telstra Business Centre (Dandenong) and Dandenong Nissan and Kia who provided two cars for Holes in One and $5,000 for the putting competition (neither of which were won despite many tries!). Lock next year’s date in your diary now: Monday 26 February 2018.

SEBN – Building better businesses. This page features stories from Council’s Business Networking Department. SEBN (South East Business Networks) highlighting their work with industry and the diversity and innovation typical of the manufacturing sector in this region.


Time Poor Managers 7 Things You May Be Overlooking 1. Keeping up with Local & Global Business Trends SEBN’s Leadership Forums provide information and knowledge on a diverse range of business topics from local and global sources including technology, people, products, marketing, etc conducted in an open, learning environment. “I have picked up many ideas on how I can commercialise the ideas and products that we come up with within our own business”.

2. Ensuring Continuous Improvement is Part of Your Company Culture SEBN’s Quality Group comprises practitioners from diverse industries who focus on all aspects of continuous improvement by utilising both local and global presenters and case studies. “Participation opens up other learning and opportunities that would have otherwise not have been available to me”.

3. Keeping Abreast of OH&S Legislation Change and Best Practice in Health & Wellbeing SEBN’s OH&S group provide businesses with updated legislation (generally prior to being enacted) as well as practical presentations on the most efficient and effective ways of providing a safe and healthy working environment. “At SEBN I learn things I never realised I had to learn”.

4. Developing and Mentoring Younger Staff / Future Leaders SEBN’s Young Leaders Group utilises specialist presenters and group involvement in the personal development of aspiring leaders and at the same time addresses real issues this cohort constantly face in their workplace. “Personal growth happens faster with the exposure the network affords me. I have learned a lot.”

5. Keeping Up with Manufacturing Best Practice SEBN’s Xcellents Group conduct their meetings at different local work sites often recognised as ‘best practice’ in their particular manufacturing discipline. This provides “hands on” learning for all participants to take back and implement in their own workplaces. “I have learned that there is so much best practice locally that can be replicated and modified to suit rather than re-inventing the wheel at work”.

6. Maintaining & Developing Your Leadership Skills SEBN networks provide participants at all levels and from any size business with a forum to hear about current business trends, exchange ideas and find collaborative solutions to common issues - all in a trusting, informal environment. “Navel gazing within one’s own business can lead to complacency because it is hard to see the wood from the trees – the networks help to break this habit”.

7. Reviewing Your Company Performance & Direction SEBN’S current Manufacturing Revitalisation Project enables participants to review areas within their business that may be under performing, often for a host of different reasons, and then access specialised SEBN external resource (at no cost) to rejuvenate these areas. Although this project has been operational for a short period of time, significant outcomes have already been achieved by participants including: "Identifying totally new niche markets for existing products" "Restructuring of companies resulting in more efficient and effective performance" If you can relate to any of the above, then why not 'get connected' and participate in one or more of the suite of networks and common interest groups SEBN provides. We all know that the fundamentals of networking are about connections ... meeting like-minded people; swapping expertise; sharing experiences and business - business. SEBN delivers that and more. In an environment of trust and with a key focus on manufacturers across Melbourne's south-east, SEBN brings myriad opportunities that enable participants to engage and develop relationships across all levels of business including CEO, management and operations. SEBN addresses the current and explores the future.




Completed projects include the Council civic office and library, government services office, Quest apartments and Australian Taxation Office, with new projects commencing soon including Salvation Army and the recently announced 14- storey residential development by Orion International Group (refer artist impression).

The City of Greater Dandenong is working in partnership with Development Victoria (formerly Places Victoria) who have acquired seven hectares of land to facilitate more intense development which is being subdivided into a number of development sites. Refer to development sites image below.

The Revitalising Central Dandenong One Stop Shop has been established to help facilitate appropriate development in central Dandenong. This has been achieved through the establishment of the Planning Application Review Panel whose main purpose is to streamline the


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planning application process for new developments within the Project Declared Area. Development Victoria can conduct or facilitate on tenants’ behalf to secure a developer/investor to build a purpose built office in accordance with the tenant’s requirements. We invite developers and tenants to tour central Dandenong to inspect the changes and transformation underway. Further information can be obtained by contacting Council’s Manager Activity Centres Revitalisation, Mr Kevin van Boxtel on 8571 1570.


Have you ever thought of entering for an award? There are many industry specific awards open and available to the business community. You just never know where it may lead you. Check just a few below.

Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Telstra Business Women's Awards for 2017


ntries for the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards will be closing at midnight AEDT on Thursday 15 June. Business women are urged to get their entries in before the deadline. Now in their 23rd year, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards continue to play a vital role in raising the profile of professional women across Australia, championing women from diverse industries to ensure their achievements become part of the national conversation.


he Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame recognises outstanding exemplary companies and individuals in the manufacturing industry. Nominations open at the beginning of each year and the awards ceremony is held in May. For further information visit > search victorian manufacturing hall of fame

Governor of Victoria Export Awards

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he awards recognise Victoria’s most successful and innovative exporters. They highlight the hardwork and economic contributions exporters make to Victoria.

ow in their 25th year, the Telstra Business Awards continue to celebrate the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s best small and medium businesses (SMBs) and charities.

For further information visit www. > search Governor of Victoria Export Awards


Entrants are assessed against criteria including: financials, vision, technology and innovation, risk mitigation, resilience, social impact, inclusion and ethical work practices. There are five Award categories, designed to allow businesses to shine among their peers: New Business, Micro Business, Small Business, Medium Business and Charity Award. The winner of the Telstra Business of the Year Award can come from any of the above categories. Nominations are open year-round and anyone can nominate a business, including the owner or founder by visiting:


Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce details on page 19

ARA Australian Retail Awards


irst held in the 1970s, these awards are the nation’s longest running and most prestigious retail event, recognising and rewarding outstanding retail businesses, innovations, and individuals across all sectors of retail. Please visit



he 2017 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards is set to open in early April and for the first time in the program’s 30+ year history, entrants will enter completely online. For those entrants who have entered previously, the process will be simplified and the time required to enter should be dramatically reduced. Nominations to enter close 30 June with entry to be submitted by 4pm Monday 4 September 2017. The awards process encourages entrants to address key issues,

realign the business objectives, business values, positioning and most importantly, where the business is heading in the future. In addition, there is the added bonus of being recognised by media, industry and consumers as a winner of tourism business excellence. In Victoria, entry is free across 30 categories (made up of 27 business and 3 that recognise individuals). Winners of categories 1 through to 25 are automatically judged at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards for

a chance to be recognised as the best in the country. Victorian winners will be announced at the industry’s night of nights – the Gala Ceremony which will be held at Palladium at Crown on Thursday 23 November 2017. #RACVVTA



Regional partnerships working for you I

t is not just the three tiers of Government who provide support for the business community. Locally in Greater Dandenong we have active groups working to help build and sustain the local economy. The Committee for Dandenong (C4D) was formed by a group of local business leaders aiming to represent business from a business perspective, and for the future of business in this region. The Committee has worked with key local stakeholders to develop a strategic agenda for 2016–19, which includes priorities for investment, growth, jobs and innovation. The strategy outlines both industry and government-led activities: • Driving innovation for growth and smart manufacturing • Promoting Dandenong’s positive image (as a strong and vibrant business location) • Supporting transport solutions including major infrastructure projects, and • Building an inclusive community for continued economic resilience and prosperity. If you are a business leader who wants to be involved in driving a positive future in this region, then the Committee for Dandenong may be of interest to you. Visit www. The South East Melbourne Manufacturer’s Alliance (SEMMA) is a membership-based industry group representing more than 200 leading manufacturers based in the South East of Melbourne.


SEMMA provides its members with a strong, clear voice, and is able to participate in the ongoing regional and national debate regarding the critical needs for manufacturing into the future. It is consistently approached by both State and Federal political representatives for opinions on issues affecting manufacturing. SEMMA also provides an important networking focus for manufacturing companies of all sizes, helping to forge inter-business links locally, nationally and around the world, and has negotiated better deals on behalf of members for costs such as energy and workcover. SEMMA provides strong regional leadership and plays a critical role in ensuring manufacturing in Melbourne’s South East remains vibrant and sustainable in the 21st Century. For more information or to join visit The South East Melbourne Innovation Partnership (SEMIP) is a working alliance of four municipalities, including the City of Greater Dandenong and major research providers CSIRO, Monash University, and the Australian Synchrotron to provide bridges between the research sector and industry in the South East of Melbourne. If you are a business needing connections into the research sector, either for new product design and development, packaging or materials innovation or expanding your market share, then your Economic Development Unit can connect you in with the key represenatives in the research sector to assist.

For more visit or contact Council’s EDU at business@ The Southern Melbourne Regional Development Agency (SMRDA) is a partnership between all levels of government, local businesses, community groups and key regional stakeholders to provide strategic and targeted responses to economic, environmental and social issues affecting Melbourne’s South. The committee comprises local leaders with broad and diverse skills and experience, as well as demonstrated networks within their region. SMRDA covers the local government areas of Bayside, Casey, Cardinia, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip and Stonnington. Major priority projects for the SMRDA, involving representatives from Greater Dandenong have been, and continue to be focused on: • The economic arguments for Hastings as the second port for Victoria • Understanding future training, skills and employment needs • Public transport to industrial areas • Provision of High Speed Broadband to industry • The future of manufacturing in Melbourne’s south east • Maximising impact from local food economies, including food manufacturing For more details about how the RDA is working for you visit: www.rdv.vic. southern-melbourne/projects


SEMMA stands strong against the increasing electricity and gas prices for manufacturing

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ne of the aims for the Chamber this year is to widen the range of events that are available to members, and potential members. The Chamber has undertaken one member only business workshop this year, which are exclusive and free to members. The plan is to run 10 networking events through the year, which will allow the Chamber to assist businesses in the local community connect.

EMMA Executive Officer, Adrian Boden together with the SEMMA Board hold a strong position in the fight against the extreme price increases in energy costs to the manufacturer. Many SEMMA members have experienced increases between 50-100 per cent on their existing bills.

The first networking event held in early March saw over 80 guests attend. The Chamber has also begun working with SEBN to co-run several Women in Business events during 2017.

Lobbying to government and participating in council meetings to directly address this topic is high on their action list. The SEMMA board maintains their focus towards cost driven outcomes to help all manufacturing members within the South East and will continue the fight as a voice for the manufacturing industry.



Among other benefits, SEMMA has a group purchasing electricity deal that SEMMA members can become involved with. Over the three years of the current contract which ends in June, SEMMA Members saved nearly $680,000 by being part of the deal. Due to last year’s and this year’s extreme price volatility, we are now urging all SEMMA Members with expiring contracts or those members also receiving an increase to become involved in the SEMMA electricity deal. SEMMA believe that a combined group tender will continue to drive an improved result for all and are working towards the best outcome for the upcoming contract for their members.

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he first large block of data from the 2016 Census will be released on 27 June. This will cover topics such as, usual residence at Census time, country of birth, income, family relationship (and social marital status) etc. The second round regarding employment, qualifications and population mobility is scheduled to be released from 17 October.

he Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce is once again proud to present the Greater Dandenong Chamber Business Awards. The Chamber will continue to build upon the success of the 2016 program, where they will be hosting four breakfast events and final awards presentation event in November. Shortlisted businesses and a youth nominee will be highlighted at each breakfast, which will also feature a high-profile, business relevant speaker. A cross-section of businesses from the municipality is being sought. Demonstrating a level of success and industry leadership within each of the criteria across the following categories: • Small Business • Large Business • Retail • Corporate Social Responsibility • Innovation Employment


The winners from each of these categories will then be considered for the overall Greater Dandenong Chamber Business Award. Visit the Calendar of Events section on page 22 to see when the next Awards business breakfast is taking place.

Census data can be a very valuable business resource to assist with your business planning and strategy development. Visit:



Social Enterprises I

n February, the Victorian Social Enterprise Strategy was released, by the Victorian Government. The three key areas for action are; increasing impact and innovation, building business capacity and skills and improving market access. A copy of the strategy can be found at au search social enterprise strategy. For some time, the City of Greater Dandenong has provided opportunities for social enterprises to maintain and increase their capability through networking, learning from peers and high quality tailored workshops.

We are connecting with social enterprises in the south east region of Melbourne to share stories, events and create opportunities through Facebook. Join the Greater Dandenong Social Enterprise Network Facebook group and start collaborating today.


he City of Greater Dandenong worked with ‘Shared Value’ expert Phil Preston, to raise awareness amongst local businesses of the potential to increase commercial returns by implementing business strategies which address social issues. To view the case studies visit www. and search > commercial and social sector collaboration


ood Spender is the place to discover the wide range of goods and services sold by Australian social enterprises. Good Spender allows you to support their mission by buying from them. Visit: 20 STAKEHOLDER

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orking from home is another option for running your business. Some businesses operate from a residential address, usually active small businesses, independent contractors or sole proprietors. By law, you may need a planning permit to use and develop your land, renovate a building, or make changes on your land, whether related to a home based business or not. Your home business activities cannot disturb, affect or have negative impact on your neighbours, you must consider impacts including noise, odour or other omissions. Know the limitations and advantages of home-based businesses. Visit and search > home based business to see the requirements within the City of Greater Dandenong.

The Australian Taxation Office website has a handy Home office expenses calculator, which can help you work out the amount you can claim as a tax deduction for home office expenses for the current year and the two previous income years. It will automatically determine if you are entitled to claim occupancy expenses. and search home office expenses calculator Home based businesses can also immediately deduct the business portion of most assets if they cost less than $20,000 and were purchased between 7.30pm on 12 May 2015 and 30 June 2017. This deduction can be used for each asset that costs less than $20,000, whether new or second-hand. You claim the deduction through your tax return, in the year the asset was first used or installed ready for use.

According to the Australian Taxation Office, if your home is also your place of business, you can claim income tax deductions for a portion of the costs of owning, maintaining and using your home for this purpose. When you sell your home you may be liable for capital gains tax. It's important you keep the right records and get good taxation advice.

Industry Capability Network



he Industry Capability Network (ICN) role is to find the suppliers and service providers who are best equipped to meet the requirements of projects across Australian and New Zealand. To find out if your company can benefit from speaking to an ICN staff member, visit


Government How can Trade Victoria assistance B

oth the Australian and Victorian Government offer support for Australian businesses wanting to export to new markets. Administered by Austrade, the Export Market Development Grants scheme is a financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. The scheme encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets. To learn more about the program and to see if you are eligible to apply, please visit www.austrade. and search > emdg

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rade Victoria is there to assist businesses go global with access to overseas markets and connections to international businesses. Trade Victoria has offices in major international trade markets including China, India, UK and Europe, the US, Indonesia, the Middle East, Japan and South Korea. Trade Victoria assists by connecting businesses with overseas buyers and industry partners. Visit to see if you can tap into export markets.

AusIndustry is the Australian Government’s key agency for advice, services and programs to business.


Through the AusIndustry website, phone ‘hotline’ contact centre and national outreach network of business mentors, you can get information and help to:


he City of Greater Dandenong along with four local businesses: The Craft and Co Farm, Uncle’s Smallgoods, Rob’s British Butcher and Future Bake participated in the Good Food and Wine Expo, a three day event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Expo, held between Friday 2 June to Sunday 4 June, was an opportunity for businesses to come face-to-face with a highly targeted and engaged audience of food and beverage enthusiasts. The businesses were able to sell, promote and market their brands at what is recognised as the country’s most exciting food and beverage event and exhibit alongside other producers, industry leaders and dynamic brands.

• get a business up and running • develop and commercialise ideas and products • improve, innovate and grow a business • reach new markets. Visit to access AusIndustry information and contact details. For first time exporters you may be eligible to access the Efic finance support loan program. For more information, please visit

Victoria Invitation Program and inbound trade missions


he Victoria Invitation Program (VIP) is an invitation-only inbound Trade Mission program showcasing the best of what Victoria has to offer.


Visit: > search Victoria Invitation Program to see if you can benefit from participating.

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Food Manufacturer’s Collaborative Network (FMCN) 2017


he first half of the year has seen some invaluable Workshops being delivered to various businesses associated with food manufacturing and processing. To find out what is coming up and to secure your place at the next Workshop, checkout the new updated brochure at and search > fmcn


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Visit > search events

SEBN/Chamber Women in Business Lunch

Gov4U workshop Small Business Festival

• Tuesday 27 June

• Thursday 17 August

Contact or phone: 8571 1576 for more information.

• 9am–12pm

Small Business Workshop


Build Your Digital Skills - Your Business in a Digital World

Level 2, 225 Lonsdale Street Dandenong

Platinum Partners Networking Night

Contact 8751 1550 or business@cgd. for more information.


• Tuesday 6 June • 6pm–8pm Kingston City Council 1230 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham Contact au or phone: 9581 4786 for more information and to register your interest.

Small Business Workshop Achieve Financial Success – Save money at ‘tax time’ and learn about online options for managing tax • Thursday 8 June • 9am–10.30am Dandenong Civic Centre Level 2, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong Contact or phone: 8571 1550 for more information and to register your interest.

Greater Dandenong Chamber Business Awards Breakfast Guest Speaker – Lauren Arnell, AFLW (Carlton) • Wednesday 14 June • 7am–9am Sandhurst Golf Club Contact 9768 3283 or info@ for more information.

Platinum Partners Networking Night Presented by the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce • Tuesday 20 June • 5.30pm–7.30pm Members FREE, Non-members $15 per person. Visit www.greaterdandenongchamber. or ph: 9768 3283 for more information. 22 STAKEHOLDER

Presented by the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce Join us for the first networking night of the new membership year. • Thursday 13 July • 5.30pm–7.30pm Contact 9768 3283 or info@ for more information.

AUGUST Showcasing Digital Services for Small Businesses – Small Business Festival

Dandenong Civic Centre

Food Manufacturer’s Collaborative Network (FMCN) Victorian Agribusiness Summit Presented in partnership with the Victorian Agribusiness Council • Friday 18 August • 8.30am–5pm Dandenong Civic Centre Level 2, 225 Lonsdale Street Dandenong Contact or phone: 8571 5373 for more information and to register your interest.

Partner with ATO • Wednesday 9 August • 7.30am–9am ATO, Dandenong

Food Manufacturer’s Collaborative Network (FMCN)

Contact or phone: 8571 1550 for more information and to register your interest.

• Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 August

Greater Dandenong Chamber Business Awards Breakfast • Wednesday 9 August • 7am–9am Sandhurst Golf Club Visit www.greaterdandenongchamber. or ph: 9768 3283 for more information.

Platinum Partners Networking Night and AGM

Food and Feed Extrusion Technology Presented by CSIRO • 8.30am–5pm CSIRO Food Innovation Centre 671 Sneydes Road, Werribee Contact or phone: 9731 3280 for more information and to register your interest.

Setting your financial strategy workshop – Small Business Festival • Tuesday 29 August

Presented by the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce

• 6pm–8pm

Co-hosted with the NAB and RJ Anderson & Associates

Level 2, 225 Lonsdale Street Dandenong

• Wednesday 16 August

Contact 8571 1550 or business@cgd. for more information.

• 5.30pm–7.30pm Members FREE, Non-members $15 per person. Visit www.greaterdandenongchamber. or ph: 9768 3283 for more information.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Food Manufacturer’s Collaborative Network (FMCN)


Grand Final Charity Lunch Presented by the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce

Fast and Furious Innovation Program Presented by FIAL and Xpotential

Platinum Partners Networking Night

• Tuesday 30 August

Presented by the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce

• 9am–4pm Dandenong Civic Centre Level 2, 225 Lonsdale Street Dandenong * Limited spaces - book early Contact or phone: 8571 5373 for more information and to register your interest.

Guest Speaker – Dane Swan

Co-hosted with Bombardier • Tuesday 5 September • 5.30pm–7.30pm Members FREE, Non-members $15 per person. Visit www.greaterdandenongchamber. or ph: 9768 3283 for more information.

• Wednesday 27 September • 12pm–2.30pm Southern Golf Club Contact 9768 3283 or infor@ for more information

Assistance available to auto supply chain businesses


he closure of car manufacturing in Victoria in late 2017 has meant automotive supply chain companies have had to consider options for the future.

Grants and Opportunities Efic Small Business Export Loan

Business Evaluation

Efic's Small Business Export Loans helps businesses looking to grow through exporting. The loans are designed to meet the specific needs of small and medium sized enterprises, to help take advantage of export opportunities.

Experienced Business Advisers review business operations, including business direction and strategy. The outcome of the review is an Evaluation Report with suggestions for business improvement. Business Evaluations are free for eligible businesses.

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The Victorian Government is helping with the Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program (ASCTP), which helps business identify future opportunities including access to new markets or products. Victorian based businesses that generate at least 20 per cent of their revenue from the automotive supply chain are eligible to apply. If your business is eligible, call Business Victoria on 13 22 15 or visit asctp. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2018.

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camwatch is warning Australian small businesses to take extra care when seeking government grants and to be suspicious of unsolicited offers of money in the form of government grants. If you are looking for grants to support or start a business be cautious of websites offering access to databases of government grants for a fee.

To learn more, visit To access free information on where to find possible grant and funding opportunities for your business, you can visit: • • • STAKEHOLDER 23



Search Small Business Festival Victoria August 2017 Digital Business Kits (DBK) The Red Tape Commissioner South East Business Networks (SEBN) Industry Capability Network Victoria

Stakeholder June 2017  

The City of Greater Dandenong's quarterly business magazine June 2017 - Startups, Mirco and Small Business Support | How the Government is S...

Stakeholder June 2017  

The City of Greater Dandenong's quarterly business magazine June 2017 - Startups, Mirco and Small Business Support | How the Government is S...