partners in wellbeing

Free and confidential support for small business owners and employees.


The Partners in Wellbeing Helpline is here to assist small business owners and their employees in managing feelings of stress and being overwhelmed, as well as in navigating strategies to help their businesses thrive.

What's included

Access free, confidential, one on one support to improve your financial, business and emotional wellbeing. The service provides access to your own dedicated:

- Business Advisor : to work with you on addressing key challenges and opportunities in your business
- Financial Counsellor : to support you through managing any debt your business has
- Wellbeing Coaches : to help you with tools and resources to support your emotional wellbeing

You can pick and choose which services you would like to access from just one to all three. The three services exists to be your partners in your wellbeing.


To be eligible for the small business support, you need to be 16 or over, own or run a small business in Victoria.


Free. This program is funded by the Victorian Government.

Success Story

“I was appointed the most amazing Partners in Wellbeing specialist [Business Advisor at Melbourne Innovation Centre], she was able to really  hold the space and support me and guide me. And so every week I just look forward to having that call with her to just talk through all the challenging issues that the business was facing. My mentor really believed in me and gave me the belief that I could really get through this really difficult time.”

- Petrae, Soul Haven Studio



What is the Partners in Wellbeing program?

Partners in Wellbeing provides free and confidential support for individuals, carers, veterans, sole traders, small business owners, their employees, and families. To be eligible, a person must be 16 years or older and experiencing increased life/business challenges, stress, anxiety, and/or low mood and poor wellbeing.
Services offered include:
- Wellbeing Support
- Financial Counselling
- Business Advisory Service

Partners in Wellbeing is funded by the Victorian Government and is delivered in partnership with ACSO, EACH, Financial Counselling Victoria, Melbourne Innovation Centre, and Neami National.

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Who is the program for?

To be eligible for Small Business Support, you need to be 16 or over and:
- Own or run a small business in Victoria

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What areas can I get support with from a Business Advisor from Melbourne Innovation Centre?

Qualified Expert Business Advisers from the Melbourne Innovation Centre help develop clear plans and actions to address critical challenges and opportunities within your business. Assistance is provided across a range of areas, including, but not limited to:
- Marketing and Sales
- Digital Business
- Human Resource Management
- Financial Management
- Business Strategy
- Efficiency
- Risk Management
- Business Expansion
- Business Closure

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Is this program government funded?

This program is made possible through funding from the Victorian Government.

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How can i apply?

The Partners in Wellbeing team is available from 9 am to 10 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 5 pm on weekends. Please call 1300 375 330 or, send an enquiry here or make a referral here.

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