16 August 2021
The Victorian Government has announced that the lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne will be extended, and restrictions will remain in place until 11:59pm, Thursday 2 September.

A curfew will be imposed from 9pm to 5am every night, with very limited reasons to leave home during this time. 

Authorised workers will be required to carry permits when working, and when travelling for work, from 11.59pm on Tuesday, August 17. Permits need to be certified by an employer and will be available on the coronavirus website before these directions come into effect. 

There are still only five reasons to leave your home, and masks are still mandatory:  
  • shopping for necessary goods and services - one person per household, once per day
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons  
  • authorised work or permitted education
  • exercise - up to two hours, with one other person
  • receive a vaccination  
For more information on COVID-19 updates refer to DHHS website
Government Support for Victorian small and medium businesses
A new package from the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments to give Victorian businesses the extra support they need to recover from the recent lockdown. Read more
Hume Online Export Forum - MENA Session
Wednesday 25 August @ 2pm 
In conjunction with Global Victoria, Hume Council will be hosting a FREE online information session for businesses considering exporting or expanding their markets in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region. Register here
Signage, QR Codes and COVIDSafe Plans
It is now mandatory for ALL businesses to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service and ensure that customers check in. Cleaningsignagerecord keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply. Your business must have an active, up-to-date COVIDSafe Plan.
Small Business Mentoring Clinic
Thursday 19 August - multiple sessions available

The Hume City Council in conjunction with SBMS is offering business mentoring sessions to support businesses which are situated within Hume City. Register here
Workforce Wellness Seminar Resilience & Self Care
Monday 23 August @ 11am
This session will teach you more about how you can become more resilient, the impact of stress on your ability to be resilient, the importance of self-care and best ways of practising self-care. Register here
The Regional Growth Summit 2021
Wednesday 1 September @ 08.45am
This one-day virtual event aims to deliver inspirational, targeted and actionable content for regional businesses. Key themes include digital transformation, building connections digitally and how local communities have collaborated in digital spaces to support each other and create impact. Register here
Northern Business Achievement Awards Breakfast
Thursday 2 September @ 7am
NORTH Link warmly invites you to the third NBAA Breakfast event for 2021. Hear from North East Link Project CEO Duncan Elliott on how the project will transform the north with new connections and economic opportunities. Duncan will also discuss local (and social) procurement opportunities for northern businesses. Register here
The Regional Growth Showcase 2021
Monday 6 September @ 10am
This half-day online event aims to build awareness and celebrate the key digital and innovation projects happening across Victoria. The showcase will share how the Regional Digital Fund is supporting local communities based on four themes - Connectivity, DigitalHubs, Digital Health and Digital Inclusion. Register here

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