Business opportunities and resources

Find a list of projects, working groups, information and resources related to a range of businesses in Nillumbik.

To find out about business opportunities as they arise, join the Business in Nillumbik Facebook group.

You can also stay up-to-date by signing up for the Business in Nillumbik eNewsletter.


Connecting Victoria - mobile coverage and broadband

The Victorian Government is fast-tracking better mobile coverage and broadband across the state through the $550 million Connecting Victoria program. 

It’s never been more important to be connected – for family, community, work and safety. That’s why we are asking Victorians to help identify where mobile and broadband improvements are most needed.

New mobile and broadband infrastructure will mean more jobs and a boost for local businesses and will help Victorians stay connected to loved ones. 

It will give more Victorians the opportunity to participate in the online world, with better mobile coverage at home and when out and about. 

The first locations to receive upgrades or new infrastructure are expected to be announced later this year, with more to follow across the state. 

Tell us about mobile and broadband connectivity

You can help to identify where mobile and broadband improvements are most needed across the state.

Use the interactive map to pinpoint where you are experiencing a problem with mobile coverage or internet. You will also be asked to describe your problem.

Have your say at the Engage Victoria website or scan the QR code below.

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Creative Industries Business Education Program

 Creative industries business education program

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Council is offering local creative businesses free access to the Creative Industries Business Education Program.

Developed specifically for the local industry by Monica Davidson, Director of Creative Plus Business, the program offers a series of six webinars, with accompanying resources, designed to assist creative businesses to recognise and operate a best practice business. 

The topics included in this program are:

  • Getting Started
  • Planning for Creative Success
  • Making Money Work
  • Innovation and Ideas
  • Understanding the Market
  • Promoting your Creative Business

Monica Davidson is an award-winning expert on the creative industries, who has infamously never had a ‘proper job’. She began her creative life as a freelance journalist and filmmaker before starting a production company in the early 1990s. Her experience highlighted how unprepared creative people can be for a life of entrepreneurship. Read Monica's full bio here.

The modules can be completed at your own pace with unlimited access to the program until June 2022.

Access and register for the program

Save the date

We are excited to be hosting an in-person launch event on Thursday September 16.

As soon as the details are finalised we will publish the information here and send invitations to those who have registered with the program.

Nillumbik Business Kit

Nillumbik Business Kit

The Nillumbik Business Kit has been designed to help businesses navigate the many areas of Council that are involved when starting or growing a business.

The Kit introduces Council's business support program and ways for local businesses to connect and network. Find out about local business associations, grants and funding, marketing opportunities and more. The Kit also explains regulatory requirements such as permits and registrations that may apply to businesses operating in Nillumbik.

Download a copy of the Business Kit(PDF, 468KB)

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Free promotion on social media for Nillumbik businesses

 Live, work, play and shop in Nillumbik

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This winter, we’re inviting people to experience the very best of the region. Between May and August, a range of weekly giveaways of unique and special experiences are on offer via @VisitNillumbik on Facebook and Instagram.

A ‘Shop in our Shire’ campaign is also under way, that encourages residents to buy local this winter. From clothing to homewares, cafes and restaurants to a range of different services, everything you need is right here in our Shire.

Shop in our Shire puts the spotlight on local businesses and their online presence. We’ll be promoting your social media accounts and supporting you to continue to offer online shopping options, which many businesses explored for the first time when the pandemic hit.

Interested? If you're a Nillumbik-based businesses who would like to be promoted for free on our @VisitNillumbik Facebook and Instagram social media pages, please complete this form.

This opportunity is ongoing and will remain active until further notice.

Translation services

Translation services

The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) have established some great new resources in regard to a suite of translated digital resources via their Languages web page.

The resources can explain how we can help small businesses who are in dispute with another business or government service, and what they need to know before they sign a retail lease.

For more information visit the VSBC website or contact 

Nillumbik Grants Hub

Nillumbik Grants Hub

Open to all local community groups, businesses, not-for-profits and individuals seeking funding to deliver projects and initiatives for the Nillumbik community.

Nillumbik Grants Hub can be used to:

  • Search for grants and funding from a variety of sources
  • Save a list of 'favourite' grants to a shortlist
  • Subscribe for email alerts and receive email notifications about new funding opportunities
  • Prioritise and track your grant applications
  • Find advice and top tips to maximise your chances of receiving the funding you need

This service is free - no cost involved.

To get started or learn more, visit

For further information please contact

Melbourne's North Joblink

Advertise local jobs free of charge

Melbourne's North Joblink is a free service that is available to both businesses and residents in Melbourne's North. It seeks to connect businesses in Melbourne's North with the region's talent to make living, working and employing in Melbourne's North a reality.

Jobseekers can register for the portal to be advised when local positions are advertised.

Find out more at the Melbourne's North Joblink website.

Local business associations

Local business associations

Nillumbik has a range of industry groups and networks who support new and existing business. We also work with a number of associations across the Shire who we encourage businesses to engage with. 

Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning & Employment Network (BNLLEN) 

Diamond Creek Traders Association

Eltham Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Hurstbridge Traders Association

Local Food Connect

Melbourne Innovation Centre

Nillumbik Tourism and Business


Yarra Ranges Tourism

Please note the details for groups are subject to change. If you have trouble contacting any of them, please contact