Recovery Resources

We have collated a number of resources for businesses to engage with. Check back to this page to find the most up to date information.

Economic Development in Indigo Shire

Get to know the Economic Development team and their role during business as usual and a crisis.

Economic Development in Indigo Shire(PDF, 1MB)

Economic Development Strategy(PDF, 2MB)

Contact the team on 04 3728 8000 or by emailing

Tourism in Indigo Shire

 Stay up to date on the tourism team by reading the Tourism Toolbox

Destination Game Changer Tourism Strategy 2018-2023(PDF, 3MB)  


Business Support Fund

Grants of $5000 for businesses who have been affected by the second Stage 3 Lockdown in regional Victoria. Funding can be used for:

  • meeting business costs, including utilities, salaries or rent
  • seeking financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning
  • developing the business through marketing and communications activities
  • any other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.

For more information or to apply visit Business Victoria

Small Business Bushfire Support Grant

Grants of $10,000 are available for businesses that had a downturn in businesses due to the January 2020 bushfires.
Funding can be used for:

  • meeting business costs, including utilities, salaries and rent;
  • seeking financial advice to support the recovery of the business;
  • developing the business through marketing and communications activities or
  • improvements to make the business more resilient to future disasters.

For more information or to apply visit Rural Finance


The JobKeeper payment scheme is designed to support employers and their employees who have lost work due to the COVID19 pandemic. It will help to keep more Australians employed and support businesses during this time.
More information on the JobKeeper payment and the latest changes regarding adding employees can be found on the ATO website.

If you are uncertain about your elibilty for any of these funding programs, please contact the team via email.

COVIDSafe business

As we continue along the roadmap towards COVID normal, changes to operations will need to be acted and recorded  by businesses in a COVID Safe Plan. 

Business Victoria have created a template for a business COVID Safe plan for you to follow. It is important to include how you are going to communicate the plan to staff, volunteers and customers.

COVID Safe Plan Template(DOCX, 75KB)

Business Resilience

Business resilience can be prepared for a number of ways, 2020 however, brought about circumstances that very little could ever prepare for. In this tab you will find resources on how your can grow your resilience to crisis and develop your business continuity.

Business continuity roadmap(DOCX, 19KB)

Marketing your business

Free online business listing for tourism operators

Our four destination websites utilise the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) to generate business listings. You can get a free listing for your business that will appear on ;

To receive your free ATDW listing, please email 

Tourism North East - Digital Skill Sessions

Tourism North East offer one-on-one and group digital skill development sessions on a variety of topics to enhance operators understanding of digital applications and their use within a tourism business. 

Developed by their Digital Skills Manager, Fiona Morris, the group sessions cover common digital platforms and how they can support your business marketing and operations. 

In 2020 and 2021 the following sessions will be offered:

  • ATDW e-toolkit
  • Top 5 Digital assets to get dialed
  • Social media tune up
  • Instagram features explained
  • Peer review platforms
  • IT Literacy*
  • Top 3 Digital Analytics Tools
  • Digital mentoring

*denotes external provider facilitated by TNE

All sessions are bookable via Eventbrite or if you have any questions please contact Fiona Morris by email.

Buy From Beechworth 

An all in one e-commerce platform that enables retail businesses to sell online quickly whilst a part of an online retail campaign.

When choosing to sell online, it can be difficult to select the right platform for your business and even more so to make traction in the busy online retail space.

Buy from Beechworth is part of the Buy from the North East initiative, started in response to the COVID19 pandemic to promote the retails options as one campaign first to locals then to a state wide audience.

Head to Buy from Beechworth to check out other local retailers or sign up your own store.

Interested in seeing the project extend to other Indigo Shire towns? Let us know

Vic Country Market

Developed in partnership with the Victorian Government, Vic Country Market is an online retail platform for markers and producers, listings are free and is backed by the statewide "Click for Vic" campaign.

Visit Vic Country Market to register for your own stall.


Third Party Referrals

This list of organisations can provide confidential support on a number of concerns to business owners and operators.

Small Business Bushfire Finacial Counselling 

1800 413 828
Support for small businesses affected by bushfires and COVID-19 shutdowns is available over the phone. Free financial counselling that can advise you on debt management, goverment grants, payment negotiation and more.

AgBiz Assist

Are a locally based organisation who work with businesses to and its people to develop solutions, manage change and prosper. AgBiz Assist develop a series of programs that work directly with small businesses to provide support during hardship or crisis and growing their business.

Contact AgBiz Assist:
02 6057 5777

Rural Financial Counselling Services Victoria - North East (RFCS)

  • Provide free, independent and confidential assistance to help eligible farmers and small rural related businesses with current and long-term financial planning.
  • Short-term assistance
  • Applying for governments and industry programs or grants
  • Emergency relief funding
  • Negotiating with creditors
  • Debt mediation
  • Family and business planning
  • Support and referrals to other professional services. 

Contact RFCS:
1300 834 775


Locally based human resources organisation that can support you with recruitment, outplacement, compliance, dispute resolution and business support. 

Contact WorkBetter:
0467 507 316

WorkSafe Victoria

Aiming to keep all workplaces healthy and safe, WorkSafe Victoria has an abundance of resources available on their website.

StartUp ShakeUp

Is a community for the businesses who see themselves as the change-makers within the community. StartUp ShakeUp provides opportunities for networking and educational events that will support your missions to solve local problems and support causes that shape the future.

Upskilling and training

Small Business Victoria- Upskill My Business

A catalogue of upskilling programs to suit any businesses are available on the Small Business Victoria website. Select your area of interest to find a list of upskilling webinars.

Managing your business through a crisis

This three part webinar series hosted by Jamie Cunningham provides business operators with the tools to communicate with stakeholders, manage your cash flow and consider the opportunities that come from a crisis.
The recordings of the webinars are available on our website.