• 20.09.2021 9:15 AM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    This grant boosts the current Border Closure Grant and sees it increase from $20 million to $50 million. On top of this, it will provide around $20 million in financial relief for eligible businesses through waiving fees and charges such as payroll tax, vehicle registration and license fees payable to Parks & Wildlife.


    The interim details have been released on Business Tasmania under COVID-19 Micro and Small Business - Border Closure Critical Support Grant including supercharged support package.


    Most importantly, how do you apply? It depends if you have already applied for the Border Closure Grant

    • If you have already applied and were eligible: those whose applications were successful in the existing or previous program will automatically receive the additional payment. Therefore, there is no need to complete any other paperwork.
    • If you have not applied: You have until 2pm, 8 October to complete your application for this supercharged round.
    • If you have applied and are not eligible: Please fill in the impact registration form. Sharing this information will inform the Government of your current situation and allow for additions and changes to be made to support programs. Visit the Visit Northern Tasmania Industry Hub for other support programs and do not hesitate to reach out and tell me your situation. We are here to advocate for you.   


    Note also there is a Round 2 in November. The Department of State Growth will open another round of grants to all applicants that have already received a grant. This application process will require the applicant business to demonstrate that their trading position has not changed compared to the previous relevant trading period.


    Please note that full guidelines will be available Tomorrow, the 15th of September. For now, please refer to the website and the FAQ made available on Business Tasmania. There is a very informative table on page 4 of the FAQ, which clearly outlines the funding available over time to eligible applicants.

  • 04.08.2021 12:13 PM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with Project Marinus are pleased to present the 2021 State Budget Briefing Roadshow. 

    The Premier of Tasmania, The Hon. Peter Gutwein MP will deliver the budget presentation and briefing for the 2021/2022 State Budget. 

    Join us on Friday 27 August  at one of the events in your region, to find out what this year’s Tasmanian budget has in store. 

    There will be an opportunity to directly ask the Premier questions in relation to the budget.

    Breakfast - Hobart  |  Lunch - Launceston |  Dinner -  Devonport 

    We encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.
    Find Out More

    With thanks to our Sponsors:

    Major Sponsor

    Media Partner

  • 02.08.2021 9:54 AM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    From Saturday 31 July, a number of changes to Check in Tas requirements come into effect for Tasmanian businesses and individuals. Take a moment to review those added premises and changed obligations on this flyer, and call Business Tas on 1800 440 026 if you need some help:

  • 13.07.2021 10:12 AM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    A young woman wearing an orange safety helmet. She is standing in a warehouse

    The state-wide Supporting Women to Succeed Grant Program aims to support the advancement of women across all areas of our economy, by funding initiatives that support women’s employment throughout Tasmania.

    Grants of between $10 000 and $200 000 are available for organisations to support cultural change and improve outcomes for women in industry, particularly in non-traditional fields of employment. This can be through existing projects, or developing and delivering new projects.

    Applications are sought for projects that:

    • Improve the attraction of women to non-traditional fields of employment.
    • Increase the recruitment of women into non-traditional fields of employment.
    • Support the retention of women in non-traditional fields of employment.
    • Promote leadership pathways for women in their chosen fields of employment.

    Who can apply?

    Applicants and any partner organisations must be recognised legal entities in Australia. This includes the following organisations:

    • Incorporated, not-for-profit organisations;
    • Local Government Authorities (councils);
    • Not-for-profit companies registered under company law;
    • Educational institutions; and
    • Private or commercial enterprises registered under company law.

    Details on how to submit an application are included in the program Guidelines and Application Form which can be found on the Department of Communities Tasmania website.

    Applications close at 5.00pm on Sunday 25 July 2021.

  • 04.07.2021 7:51 PM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    Nominations now open and forms can be downloaded from the Chamber of Commercce website ( as well as being available from George Town NewsXpress, George Town Post Office, George Town Council, and the George Town branch of the Commonwealth Bank.

    Nominations close 27th August 2021

  • 10.06.2021 1:02 PM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    Visit Northern Tasmania have a new and interesting idea, for those interested follow the link.

    Visit Northern Tasmania Feed Dating 2021

    If you have an idea, we want to connect you with experts who can help.

    Visit Northern Tasmania in collaboration with Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market's Feed Dating program will be running a specially curated Feed Dating event for the tourism industry.

    Feed Dating 2021

    Through a series of short 'feed dates' you'll have the opportunity to canvas a specially curated group of experts for information on how to develop and grow your idea, fix a problem or create an opportunity.

    What is Feed Dating?

    Similar to fast paced speed dating, participants will be able to pitch their ideas to a minimum of three specially selected experts and receive advice on topics of interest or need within a specified time frame. Topics of interest can include marketing, design, logistics, finance or any tourism business related issue.

    Event Details

    Date: Monday, 21 June 2021

    Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

    Location: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston

    Register to attend

    For more information head to or contact Abby on 0402 902 827 or via email at


  • 30.04.2021 2:14 PM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    The COVID-19  Pandemic has been an unprecedented event that has had some significant impacts across the entire community.  Council through its Community Care and Recovery Grant Program in 2020  supported and assisted our local not for profit organisations, clubs and businesses helping them to  reconnect and move out of isolation and develop business initiatives that would deliver positive economic outcomes to the municipality.

    George Town Council is pleased to announce Round 2 of the Covid 19 Community Care and Recovery Business Grants Program, for new business initiatives or start-ups, tourism and hospitality, service and product diversification and education and training projects

    Again this series of grants is in partnership with Bell Bay Aluminiuman amount of $30,000 has been allocated to support eligible businesses or new business initiatives in the George Town Municipality, for the purpose of:

    Business Development & Stimulus: (one-off grants of $10,000 from a pool of $30,000)

    • New business initiatives or start ups
    • Infrastructure investment (to increase productivity, generating employment, or supports the community)
    • Retraining, upskilling and the development of employment opportunities
    • Website Development – (tourism and hospitality focused)

    Please note there are new guidelines for this round see via the link below. 

    COVID-19 Event Recovery Grant Guidelines

    To submit an application please use the link to be directed to Smarty Grants. 

     For more information or assistance pleas call Council on 6382 8800.

  • 22.03.2021 4:23 PM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    The State Health Minister Sarah Courtney recently announced that under the existing Public Health direction, a wide range of Tasmanian businesses, community groups and event operators are now required to register customers by using the Check in TAS app as the only contact tracing collection method by 1 May 2021

    In response to the enquiries, The Van Diemen Project have prepared a short on-demand webinar to help local businesses understand the change, and have asked Council to share the webinar across our networks.

     The webinar outlines:

    • what the Check in TAS platform is,
    • who needs to be using it,
    • how to register,
    • how to use the Check in TAS app, and 
    • some helpful tips around contact tracing. 

     The webinar will be free to access thanks to the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS). However, businesses need to complete a registration form to access it.

     To access the webinar, visit

  • 18.03.2021 2:08 PM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    Minister Courtney has today announced that specific businesses, community groups and event operators currently required to collect contact tracing information under the existing Public Health direction need to register and commence using the Check in TAS app by 1 May 2021. All venues and events that currently use other methods to check in patrons will be required to change over to the free Check in TAS app.

    If you need further information 

    Organization's required to use the Check in Tas app can register through this link.

    Business Tasmania will offer a range of assistance. The Business Tasmania hotline (1800 440 026) will serve as the first port of call to support businesses and event organizers who need assistance. Customers requiring further assistance beyond their initial call will have a variety of options available to them that may include:

    • Continued over the phone support
    • Face to face case management support (scheduled for when the Business Tasmania team is in region)
    • Webinar/Info sessions
    • Roadshows

    A range of communication and support materials have been developed and are linked below.

    Factsheet for organisations (2).pdf

    FAQs for organisations (1).pdf 5.pdf

    How to register your premises or event (2).pdf 4.pdf

    How to use Check in TAS poster (1).pdf 2.pdf

    QR Code Template (2).pdf 6.pdf

    Welcome letter for organisations.pdf 3.pdf
  • 04.03.2021 9:42 AM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    President - James Cameron

    Vic President -  Lou Clarke

    Treasurer  - Sarah Hickling

    Secretary  - Jo Hart


The George Town Chamber of Commerce supports existing local business, industry and enterprise and encourages new enterprises from manufacturing and heavy industry, educational, retail, support services and tourism in the George Town and surrounding areas.


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