This Week In The Market – 21 September 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Second Pfizer doses, your questions answered
– Notifying MMA of COVID-19 cases
– Moon Bean Relocation

Market News
Austin Health coming back to the Melbourne Market for second Pfizer doses

As mentioned last week, we are very pleased that the Department of Health have confirmed Austin Health will return to the Melbourne Market from Monday, 11 October.

Due to demand for vaccines across Victoria, Austin Health will be onsite for a one-week ‘mega-blitz’, with the Vaccination Hub to operate each morning from 5 am – 12 pm from Monday 11 October to Friday 15 October.

Currently, we are continuing to work with Austin Health to determine vaccination capacity. This will depend heavily on the number of nurses they are able to allocate to the hub. We are hoping to have further information on this next week. 

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their questions regarding the hub over the last week. Below we have been able to answer your questions with the information we currently have. If you have further questions, please send them through to for us to include in future communications. 

Will the hub be open for first doses or second doses only? 
This will be determined by supply and demand. We know there is high demand for second doses and we are hoping to hear from Austin Health later this week in regards to the resources they are able to supply. At this stage our priority is to provide second Pfizer doses to market access card holders who received their first jab in the market. 

Does it matter if you had your first dose in the first week or last week of the previous hub? 
The second dose of Pfizer is effective when administered anytime between 21 – 84 days after the first dose.

Can the Vaccination Hub open earlier?
Unfortunately, Austin Health only have scope to operate the hub between 5 am – 12 pm for five days. 

Can I bring in non-market staff (retail staff) for their second vaccination? 
As the hub will be operating for a shorter period and with doses in high demand, the vaccination hub will most likely only be open to access card holders. Any person who received their first vaccination at the Melbourne Market can book in for their second Pfizer dose at any state-run clinic. 

Notifying MMA of COVID-19 cases
This is an important reminder to all market access card holders that the most effective way to keep the market open and operating as well as our market community safe, is to immediately inform the MMA of any positive COVID-19 cases. 

Individuals and businesses must notify the MMA if they, or another market access card holder tests positive to COVID-19 as soon as possible, this is to put the appropriate risk mitigation measures in place and reduce the risk of transmission in the market.

You must inform us if you have either:
– Been diagnosed with COVID-19
– Determined by the DHHS as a tier 1 contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case

Notifying the MMA in these instances allows us to implement measures such as sanitising cleans to relevant areas and notifying appropriate people and businesses. Please call the 24-hour security number on 0408 334 555 in either scenario.

Any individuals or businesses who fail to notify the MMA of positive COVID-19 cases, or provide false or misleading information and documents relating to COVID exposures, face serious penalties, including possible suspensions and bans.
Now more than ever, we must work together, do the right thing and follow COVIDSafe practices.
– If you feel unwell, do not attend the Melbourne Market. Get a COVID test and isolate until you receive a negative result
– Get your COVID-19 vaccination
– Wear your face mask over your mouth and nose at all times
– Ensure you are keeping 1.5 metres from others 
– Do not shake hands or come into close contact with others

Victoria’s Roadmap
On Sunday, the Victorian government announced Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown. The roadmap is based on expert modelling from the Burnet Institute and is set against COVID-19 thresholds including hospitilisation rates, and the vaccination targets already set out in the National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response.

Indicative dates in the roadmap include:

26 September: 80 per cent of Victorians expected to have had at least one vaccination dose.
This is Phase A of the National Plan.
26 October: 70 per cent of Victorians expected to have had both vaccination doses.
This is Phase B of the National Plan and lockdown will end in Melbourne.
5 November: 80 per cent of Victorians expected to have had both vaccination doses.
This is Phase C of the National Plan, and regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will come together under the same rules.
19 November: once 80 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated, restrictions will align with Phase D of the National Plan.

For more information about how the roadmap applies in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria:
Summary of proposed restriction levels for metropolitan Melbourne
Summary of proposed restriction levels for regional Victoria

Seven Day Lockdown: City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast & Mitchell Shire
The Chief Health Officer has declared the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire will enter a seven-day lockdown commencing at 11.59pm on Sunday 19 September, with restrictions the same as those in the City of Ballarat and metropolitan Melbourne, excluding the curfew. For more information on the current restrictions, go to

Border Update
All LGAs on the NSW-Victorian border are becoming red zones – except for Albury, which is in lockdown. If you live in the cross-border community – and you haven’t left the cross-border area or you haven’t been in an Extreme Risk Zone any time in the previous 14 days – you can cross the border and enter Victoria without a permit for any reason.

Grand Final Public Holiday

While the AFL grand final is leaving Victoria for a second year in a row, at least Victorians will still get to enjoy a public holiday to mark the event. 
The market will be closed on Friday 24 September for the AFL grand final public holiday. 
If your parking permit only allows access on a day that falls on a public holiday, and you would like to come to the market on an alternative adjacent day, you will not be charged for parking and can enter the market. However, your regular bay may not be available. Please see a Market Relations Officer on arrival for instruction.

Deliveroo is helping our customers to make ‘A better choice’!

There has been a fantastic response to the Deliveroo discounted delivery service from A better choice! retailers so far, and why wouldn’t there be? With no onboarding costs, 0% commission for the first month and a low ongoing rate of 22% for members, this is an unbelievable discount on Deliveroo’s standard offering!

Some stores may already have delivery services or online platforms, but for those who don’t, or those who want to offer their goods to an established platform with a large existing customer database, this partnership will enable you to do so quickly and at reduced fees. 

Register today and don’t miss out on this wonderful offer. Click the button below and start contactless selling right from your store!Click here to learn more about Deliveroo

A better choice! Youth Sport Initiative 
The next A better choice! campaign is fast approaching, with this campaign focusing on supporting the little guy through an initiative that will see $25,000 given away to youth sports clubs, teams and individuals across Australia. 

Each state will be giving away 10 x $500 sponsorships to selected entrants, to contribute to new equipment, uniforms, or whatever they need! Customers nominate their team/club/individual in-store, simply by scanning the QR code on posters and flyers. To participate in the campaign and to receive point-of-sale kits please register here.

Moon Bean Relocation
Moon Bean café is relocating to a temporary new home from next Tuesday 28 September.

A food truck will be parked on the Buyers’ Walk in front of the location that will soon become Moon Bean’s permanent home. The pop-up café will serve Moon Bean’s same great coffee, along with a scaled down food menu for a few weeks before moving into their brand-new premises.

Joel and the team at Moon Bean are using the relocation as an opportunity to diversify some of their offerings, and they will begin selling wholesale fresh bakery lines. The new café location will have access from both the Buyers’ Walk and the trading floor, offering seating for up to 40 patrons. Several forklift parking bays will also be added to the north courtyard close by the new café location, providing continued easy access for forklift drivers. 

Advertise your business around the market

Want to tell the market community about your new products, what’s in season or a special offer? Why not advertise on the TV screens around the market? TV screens are a key communication tool, delivering messages to thousands of buyers daily. 

If you are interested in learning more please contact Theresa Hunt, Marketing Specialist, Melbourne Market Authority.
Phone: (03) 9258 6191

Certificate III Greengrocery Program
The first round of students have almost completed their Certificate III in Greengrocery. The Certificate is a great opportunity to upskill and reward staff with a nationally recognised qualification. 

The MMA still have scholarships available for those wanting to undertake the upcoming Certificate III in Greengrocery. Together with generous government grants for business owners, there is no better time to get your staff onboard. The next course will be starting soon, so get in touch to claim a spot.  

For expressions of interest please contact Theresa Hunt, Marketing Specialist, Melbourne Market Authority.
Phone: (03) 9258 6191

Office space available 

Prime office space is available to lease in the main administration building at the Melbourne Market.
The space is close to the Gate 1 main entrance and has glass frontage.
This unique location gives exposure to both the internal market community as well as having public access. 
Do you know a business whose offering would appeal to market users? With access to the market community and public access, the space offers a unique opportunity for the right tenant.
The space available is 76 square metres in size with shared kitchen and amenities, secure access pass entry and visitor car parking. 
Call us to discuss the possibilities on 9258 6100 or email 

United Melbourne Market Celebrating 2 years of fuelling the community!

Don’t forget, to celebrate United Melbourne’s second anniversary at the market, you can get an ongoing additional 4 cent per litre discount off their already super low pump prices.

This offer is available for any new business customer that opens a United Fuel Card account prior to Thursday 30 September. To find out more about this great offer, scan the QR code to the left or call United Petroleum on 1300 383 587.

M80 upgrade road closures
Multiple closures will be occurring on the M80 Ring Road in the coming week.

M80 Ring Road closures, Altona-bound lanes
The M80 Ring Road Altona-bound lanes will be closed overnight from 9pm to 5am between the Hume Freeway and Sydney Road on the following days:
– Tuesday 21 September 
– Wednesday 22 September

Detours will be in place via Mahoneys Road, Cooper Street and the Hume Highway.

Edgars road Altona-bound entry ramp closure
The Edgars Road Altona-bound entry ramp will be closed from Monday 27 September to mid-November.  
This will include closing an Altona-bound lane between Edgars Road and the Hume Freeway so that work can be undertaken safely.

Detours will be in place via Mahoneys Road to access the M80 Ring Road and via Edgars Road to access the Hume Freeway. Please refer to the map for recommended detour routes.

Text M80 to 0499 073 073 to sign up for SMS updates.

Industry News
Experts on ground help Victorian agribusiness go global

The Victorian Government has appointed three agriculture export specialists to help our agribusinesses to establish more trade pathways. Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas announced on Wednesday the new agriculture-focused specialists would provide in-market support from Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) offices in China, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.

Read more on The National Tribune

Labour mobility program reforms to reduce red tape for growers to access critical farm workers

Last week the government announced the first stage of reforms to Australia’s labour mobility programs, which include the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) and the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), which will make the programs more accessible to more businesses in the industry.

The reforms, rebranded as the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme, will streamline these programs by allowing employers to apply to join the PLS and SWP through a single application, making it easier and less burdensome for growers to access workers through these programs.

Read more on AUSVEG

New Chinese requirements for imported food

Effective 1 January 2022, all manufacturers and exporters of food to China must be registered with the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC). The requirements capture a broad range of food products including low risk foods. Additionally, food products exported to China will be subject to new labelling requirements. Exporters are encouraged to work closely with their importers to continue to ensure compliance with China’s requirements. Further advice will be issued as additional information becomes available. 

Please find further information from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment here

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.
Looking for a new role? Check out the online job board via the button below. View full online job board

Warehouse Manager – Louis  Melbourne
A rare opportunity has arisen to join the team at Louis Melbourne. We’re seeking a warehouse manager to join our team and manage operations within our warehouse. This professional multitasker will manage and oversee the receiving, handling, storing, picking, and packing activities within the warehouse, ensuring quality standards are met at every turn.
– Ensure the warehouse operates at peak efficiency, with customer satisfaction being the primary goal, by supervising, organising, directing, and training warehouse employees and establishing, monitoring, and managing operation goals
– Maintain a safe and healthy work environment by establishing, following, and enforcing standards and procedures and complying with legal regulations
– Supervise daily activities of the warehouse, including quality assurance, inventory control, space management, logistics, floor productivity, and customer service
– Prefer minimum 2 years produce and warehouse management experience
– Proficient knowledge of warehouse procedure and policy
– Excellent problem-solving skills and leadership qualities
– Ability to work with all levels of company staff
– Comfortable delivering frequent direct written and oral feedback 

Please forward all resumes to or call Vishal on 0458 862 245. 

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