COVID-19 Response

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COVID-19 Business Support

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Business Advice Hotline and Resources

In light of the recent COVID-19 Parafield Cluster, Business SA have made their Business Advice Hotline available to all businesses in the Victor Harbor Council Area. This service is normally exclusive to chamber members.

They have also made available all resources and collateral that they create relating to business assistance on offer.

Contact the Business SA Hotline on 8300 0000 or head to their website

Tourism Business Promotion 2020/21

The City of Victor Harbor has initiated a number of relief solutions to support local businesses during this pandemic. In particular, Council has decided to waive all tourism advertising fees for the 2020/21 financial year for all tourism businesses operating within the City of Victor Harbor Council area.

This results in our tourism businesses being able to advertise via our website, social media and at the Visitor Information Centre for free in 2020/21.

Complete the form and send with supporting information to or call 8551 0776 for more information.

Business Advisory Service

The City of Victor Harbor, in partnership with Business SA and Business Victor Harbor, are currently offering City of Victor Harbor based businesses impacted by COVID-19 access to a trained business advisor to address any business related challenges currently being experienced.

If you are experiencing a COVID-19 related business problem(s) and you would like to discuss the matter with a business advisor please contact Council via email to request a visit and or phone call from an advisor.

Please direct your request via email to:

Fees & Charges

As an immediate support measure the City of Victor Harbor has resolved to refund, waived and defer a number of fees and charges that relate to local businesses and community organisations.

  • Refund of Outdoor Dining fees from 1 March to 31 August 2020
  • Fee waiver for small business leases and licences held with Council from 1 March to 30 June 2020
  • Deferral of Community loan repayments for 12 months from 1 March 2020
  • Bulk waiver of fines and interest on overdue rates from 1 March to 30 September 2020
  • Targeted COVID-19 rates remission allocation of $100,000
  • Payment arrangements with waiver of fines and interest to 30 June 2020
  • Due date extensions with waiver of fines and interest to 30 June 2020
  • Hold on external debt collection and court action for existing accounts to 31 December 2020
  • Hold on external debt collection and court action for new accounts to 30 June 2021
  • Increase in procurement weighting for local content from 10% to 20%

COVID-19 Business Support Grant Program

This grant program closed on Thursday 18 June 2020.

Since this time the City of Victor Harbor has released just over $79,000 worth of grants to 24 local businesses to help them navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

A list of the successful applicants, their projects and funds awarded can be viewed here.

Applications were received across a number of business types including restaurants and cafes, tourism, retail, health and beauty services and transport and logistics.

Projects funded under the program have included such things as website developments enabling businesses to serve their customers differently, physical changes to restaurants and cafes and the purchase of plant & equipment allowing alternative products and services to be offered.

For a full list of grants and financial supports go to our COVID-19 list on Hills & Coast Grant Finder where you can register and set up automated alerts for new funding opportunities and changes to existing funding.

Business SA provides a number of great resources and services that will help your business plan and respond to the impact of COVID-19.

Access this information at:

Business SA also have an advice hotline that you can call between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday – (08) 8300 0000.

The Australian Government have announced a number of packages and measures to support business. Visit this site to find out about financial assistance, eligibility and timing of the new support measures for Australian businesses.

Visit the Australian Government Business website or ring the dedicated hotline on 13 28 46 for information and support for business.

Job Keeper’ wage subsidy

This subsidy of up to $1500 per employee a fortnight has been developed to help employers to keep staff and provides wage subsidies to businesses that are significantly affected by COVID-19. Funding is expected to flow through the Australian Tax Office from 1 May, with payments backdated to today. Register your interest on the ATO website..

Federal Government Fact Sheets for Business

The SA Government also has also pulled together a number of great resources for businesses. The site includes information relating to:

  • Economic Response Package and how to access financial support
  • Managing your business through a crisis
  • Supporting staff
  • Exports and imports
  • Practical advice and tips
  • Webinars and other resources

Access the South Australian Government business site for information.

In addition, the state Government has released a $1 billion stimulus package to help drive the South Australian economy and secure local jobs includes (read details here):

  • a significant $22 million injection in nature based tourism infrastructure, to boost employment and the long-term visitor economy in hard-hit regions.
  • This stimulus will include a $15 million investment in upgrades at our country hospitals, doubling the Planning and Development Fund available this year to $50 million, when matched with the local government contribution on a 50:50 basis.
  • Payroll tax relief up to $60 million savings to business
  • Land tax relief of up to $13 million in additional savings
  • Liquor license fees waived
  • $300 million business and jobs support fund
  • $250 million community and jobs fund
  • Cost of living concessions of an estimated $30 million
  • Access to accrued leave for public sector workforce
  • COVID-19 Arts Grant Support can be found on the Arts SA website. The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline 1800 959 500 is a free confidential helpline for performing arts workers.

For more information and how to apply to the funds email:

Visit their COVID-19 website for details on the latest updates, advice and support.