Bayside City Council is working to support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Residents experiencing financial difficulties can defer rates payments with no penalty interest for up to 12 months under Council’s Hardship Policy. Many residents have already accessed the policy to defer their rates.
Council is offering extended payment terms for our Community Services clients.
Our Community Support Line is open for all residents experiencing hardship or vulnerability due to COVID-19. Services available include emergency food relief, delivered meals, referral to specialist agencies, social connections program and help with shopping and in home care.
Council has announced an assistance package for local businesses to support them during this challenging period. It includes:
Working with local businesses to expand outdoor trading areas to assist with the reopening of retail, cafes and restaurants. Find out more about support for business support.
Fee waivers for food, health and street trading permits for a full 12 months until June 2021.
100% fee waiver for open space/trainer permits for local commercial gyms, Pilates and yoga studios to operate in our parks.
Council’s support package complements the wide range of Australian and Victorian government economic and financial support measures available to residents, groups and businesses.
As a local government organisation Council does not qualify for any of the economic support announced by the Victorian and Australian Governments. Despite this, Council is committed to supporting our community through the COVID-19 pandemic and managing the financial impact on Council operations.