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Drought Support Guide to Service

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									Drought Support: Guide to Services in Victoria 2009-10
- for small business (non-farm), municipal councils, regional agencies and rural community organisations
Drought Services in Victoria - Municipal councils, regional agencies and rural community organisations
Initiative/Service Emergency Relief Support and Network Development Emergency Volunteer Support Grants Description Support, including assistance to network with other service provider, for relief agencies Grants for organisations that provide volunteers to drought-affected communities Eligibility/Available to Agencies providing support to drought-affected communities Not-for-profit organisations providing volunteers and notfor-profit emergency relief organisations working in communities affected by drought Counsellors, General Practitioners and other frontline workers Staff of drought related service providers, emergency relief organisations and personal support workers Regional municipal councils Regionally based businesses Timings Ongoing More information Contact VicRelief Foodbank on (03) 9362 8300 or visit www.vrfb.com.au Call the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356 or visit www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au

Ongoing

Mental Health Early Intervention Teams ‘No Bull Support’ community workshops

Mental health consultations

Ongoing

Four hour workshop to build an understanding of mental health and to develop communication and support skills Planning for Change Strategic planning support for droughtaffected councils Regional Industry To promote establishment and Investment Program expansion of industry in these areas, and assist industry in adapting to structural change, in drought-affected regional areas Small Towns Assistance to enhance economic growth Development Fund and development in small town communities Small Towns Drought Aimed specifically at projects which Program provide employment-generating opportunities in small towns affected by drought Water for Industry Funding for innovative water projects Program that increase water security and availability Last updated 11 November 2009

Ongoing

Contact your local Rural Area Mental Health Service, for information visit www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth/services Contact the Bouverie Centre on (03) 9385 5100

Available to June 2010 Available to June 2010

Call your Local Victorian Business Centres on 132 215or visit www.business.vic.gov.au Call your Local Victorian Business Centres on 132 215or visit www.business.vic.gov.au

Regional municipal councils

Available to June 2010

Call your Local Victorian Business Centres on 132 215or visit www.business.vic.gov.au Call your Local Victorian Business Centres on 132 215or visit www.business.vic.gov.au

Regional municipal councils

Available to June 2010

Industry, water authorities and municipal councils

Available to June 2010

Call your Local Victorian Business Centres on 132 215or visit www.business.vic.gov.au EC – Exceptional Circumstances

Drought Services in Victoria - Small Business (non-farm)
Initiative/Service Drought Apprenticeship Retention Bonus Description A payment of $1,500 made in two instalments to retain apprentices Eligibility/Available to Apprentices employed in designated employment categories within businesses located in EC areas Agriculture dependent non-farm businesses in EC areas Victorian small businesses Timings Apply by 1 March 2010 More information Call the Drought Information Line on 136 186 or visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/drought Call the Rural Finance Corporation on (03) 5448 2600 or visit www.ruralfinance.com.au Call your Local Victorian Business Centres on 132 215 or visit www.business.vic.gov.au Call your Local Victorian Business Centres on 132 215or visit www.business.vic.gov.au Call your Local Victorian Business Centres on 132 215 or visit www.business.vic.gov.au/workshops

EC Interest Subsidy Support – Small Businesses Find an Advisor

A subsidy is available based on interest payable of borrowings Free referrals to Victorian accountants, solicitors, business mentors, book-keepers and marketing consultants. Some advisors offer the first 30 minutes of consultation for free Advisers to assist eligible drought-affected nonfarm businesses

Dependent on the EC status of your area Ongoing

Professional Business Advisers Workshops and Seminars

Non-farm businesses in EC areas Dependent on the EC status of your area Victorian small businesses Ongoing

Low cost workshops and seminars providing small business owners and those planning to go into business with information, education and networking. Topics include starting a business, strategic business planning, marketing and employing people Last updated 11 November 2009

EC – Exceptional Circumstances

General information on any drought related service or assistance is available from the Drought Information Line on 136 186 or at www.dpi.vic.gov.au/drought Each of the services or assistance programs in this guide has some accompanying contact details listed and this should be the first point of contact. For information relating to Exceptional Circumstances (EC) contact the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 13 23 16 or visit www.daff.gov.au/agriculture-food/drought/ec
Last updated 11 November 2009 The information within this guide may be subject to change. Updates of this document can be accessed at www.dpi.vic.gov.au/drought or if you do not have access to the internet, please call the Drought Information Line on 136 186. Published by the Department of Primary Industries, Marketing and Communication Division, November 2009.© The State of Victoria 2009. ISBN 978-1-74217-321-4 (print) ISBN 978-1-74217-322-1 (online) Disclaimer This publication may be of assistance to you but the State of Victoria and its employees do not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate for your particular purposes and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from you relying on any information in this publication. Drought related information is available in languages other than English. Anyone requiring help in understanding information in this guide should contact the Drought Information Line on 136 186. If you would like to receive this information/publication in an accessible format (such as large print or audio) please call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186, TTY 1800 122 969, or email customer.service@dpi.vic.gov.au.


								
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