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The Mornington Peninsula Shire is committed to strengthening local businesses and supporting economic growth. There are a wide range of resources and tools to guide your business through development.

If you need further help, email a Business Support Officer or call 03 5950 1446

In Victoria it is illegal to sell food from an unregistered premises. Food premises and vehicles must comply with the Food Act 1984 and Food Safety Australia New Zealand Food Safety Standards.

Understand food business requirements on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Shire registers and inspects all hairdressing, skin penetration, tattooing, beauty therapy, and ear piercing and electrolysis businesses within the Mornington Peninsula.

All new hairdressing, skin penetration, tattooing, beauty therapy, electrolysis and ear-piercing businesses must register with the Shire before beginning operation.

Agriculture is a significant industry on the Mornington Peninsula. Its importance lies in the high value of the food produced and its proximity to the growing metropolis of Melbourne.

The peninsula is now one of the most diverse agricultural regions in Victoria with products including wine vegetables, fruit, eggs. beef, lamb, flowers, seafood, truffles, garlic, berries, herbs, nursery plants and agritourism all contributing to a thriving industry.

Find more Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry resources at Business.gov.au

If you are looking to become part of the thriving tourism industry community here on the Mornington Peninsula – we are here to help. Let the Tourism Team connect you to the right information, organisations and networks to support the lifecycle of your tourism business.

In a world filled with opportunities and challenges, advice and mentoring offer valuable guidance for personal growth and success.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a non-profit aiming to make a difference, or a business looking to innovate and grow, a grant could be the financial boost you need.

Whether you are planning on conducting informal or formal research, there are several key tools you can use to gather data and information. Many of these are available to you for free, or at low cost.

Find statistics and data for the Mornington Peninsula

Understand demographics and profiles for the Mornington Peninsula

Whether it’s a Shire team, formal business group, industry association or co-working spaces there are many opportunities for your businesses to leverage the work that others are doing and build your business networks.

The Victorian Small Business Commission offers support and information so you can grow your knowledge and make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities.

They can help with:

  • business-to-business disputes
  • business-to-government disputes
  • retail leasing disputes
  • disputes between owner drivers and forestry contractors and their hirers
  • farm debt mediation
  • disputes between taxis, hire cars and rideshare drivers and operators
  • franchising disputes.

Business Victoria has resources to help you understand your legal obligations to staff and tips on hiring a productive workforce.

Australian Government business website gives you guidelines on your responsibilities when dealing with staff, contractors and customers.

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Content reviewed and updated: January 2024

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