The Victorian Small Business Engagement Guidelines were created by the Victorian Small Business Commission to provide a tool for constructive engagement between small businesses and organisations undertaking disruptive infrastructure projects. 

The Guidelines were developed in consultation with organisations who undertake disruptive infrastructure projects and traders who have directly been impacted by recent projects. These conversations allowed us to create processes within the Guidelines that we believe are both practical and achievable for the involved parties. These processes guide organisations to consider:  

  1. the impact of their work on small businesses 
  2. how they communicate with traders and 
  3. ways in which they can mitigate the effects of the disruption. 

We are in the process of rolling out the Guidelines with key stakeholders and we hope that they pave the way for engagement with small businesses to be considered best practice across Victoria. 

You can have a closer look at the Guidelines in the attached PDF. If you would like hard copies please contact our office on 13 VSBC (13 87 22). 

Russell Zimmerman – Australian Retailers Association

Russell Zimmerman from the Australian Retailers Association talks about how the Small Business Engagement Guidelines will help retailers during disruptive infrastructure projects.

Case Study – Melbourne Metro Rail Project

Barry McGuren from Rail Projects Victoria talks about engaging with small business on the Melbourne Metro Rail Project within the City of Port Phillip.

Case Study – Melbourne Water

Gina McIver shares her experience on a recent project with Melbourne Water in which the local traders were consulted during the project.

Rebecca Skelton – VicRoads

Rebecca Skelton – Director Public Engagement Regional Roads Victoria for VicRoads talks about the importance of the VSBC’s Engagement Guidelines.

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