Small Business Support | Adjournment

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan):

My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Employment, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Resources, the Honourable Jaala Pulford. This adjournment matter relates to the portfolio responsibilities of small business.

The Andrews Labor government is supporting more local business chambers and trader groups. Round 2 of the business chambers and trader groups program is now open. Grants of $20 000 are available for up to 30 groups across Victoria. Business groups can use the funds to support their local business communities to recover from the pandemic. With this funding they can also create locally led initiatives that can help build skills and resilience. Round 2 of this program aims to support initiatives between 1 January and 30 April 2022 that enable local business collaboration, educate, inform and empower small businesses, support small businesses to build digital capability and help members transition into recovery and restart.

Business chambers and trader groups can run face-to-face or virtual activities to engage local businesses. Applications for this program close on 26 November. The action I seek from the minister is to provide me with an update on how business chambers and trader groups of the Western Metropolitan Region can get access to this important support.