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The Commercial Kitchen Pilot Program

Kingston residents starting or growing their home-based food business applied to use a council commercial kitchen as part of our 6-month Commercial Kitchen Pilot Program.

Applications are currently being reviewed. Our team will be in touch with successful applicants at the end of March.

Key dates

  • 9 February 2022 – 2 March 2022 - collecting applications
  • 3 March 2022 – 9 March 2022 - reviewing applications
  • 10 March 2022 – 16 March 2022 - screening applicants by phone
  • 17 March 2022 – 23 March 2022 - interviewing shortlisted applicants
  • 28 March 2022 - contacting successful applicants

If you have any questions, please email us at

Lightweight plastic shopping bag ban

The Victorian Government will implement a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 November 2019. The ban applies to ALL retailers, including supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stores, restaurants, cafes, markets & food outlets, and many more. The National Retail Association will help retailers transition away from lightweight bags. Find out more on the bag ban.


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Are you looking to take the next step in your business but not clear how? A business mentor can help. 

The Mentor Partners Program is a free, confidential service that offers experienced volunteer business mentors to provide a ‘sounding board’ for local business owners. 

More on the Mentor Partners Program

Complete the online application form

Business success stories

Kingston is a municipality of successful, diverse and innovative businesses, and many of these businesses enjoy valued recognition from a wide variety of industry bodies. Council also recognises the great contribution these businesses make to its local economy, and to that of the wider south-east region of Melbourne.

Read business success stories

Business & trader associations

Chelsea (Longbeach) Business Association
Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce
Cheltenham Traders Association
Mentone Traders
Mordialloc Traders

Helpful tools for businesses

Useful links

  • Business Victoria is acomprehensive online resource designed to help you start, run and grow your business. 
  • Small Business Commission The VSBC is an independent government agency that advocates on issues affecting small business, educates people in small business about their rights and responsibilities, and helps them to avoid or resolve disputes.
  • Federal Government Support Essential business topics to help you start, run and grow your business.
  • Access to State and Federal government grants.
  • Find an experienced mentor to help your business succeed.
  • Australian Business Licence and Information Service helps find the government licences, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines you need to know about to meet your compliance responsibilities.
  • Australian Taxation Office administers legislation for taxes and excise (other than customs duty) and works with other government departments on policy matters relating to taxation and excise.
  • Consumer Affairs Victoria manages the rights and responsibilities of consumers and traders, registers or licences businesses, develops codes of practice for industry, resolves disputes with traders or consumers, and prosecutes a trader where there is evidence of a breach of the law.