Trader associations provide a collective voice for individual businesses within a precinct or industry.
All associations and their members have obligations under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act). The Act covers most areas of the market: the relationships between suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers. Its purpose is to enhance the welfare of Australians by promoting fair-trading and competition, and through the provision of consumer protections.
Incorporated Trader Associations have the capacity to apply for grants or enter into a special rate scheme for funding communal marketing and events to promote their precinct.
A special rates scheme is a method of raising additional funds through property rates. A Special Rate Scheme is entered to into with an agreement with Council. More information about Special Rate Schemes can be found through the Frequently Asked Questions ( PDF 255.45KB).
Trader Associations in Whitehorse
There are a number of Trader Associations in Whitehorse.
Brentford Square Traders Association
Burwood Heights Business Association
Mont Albert Village Traders Association
In 2022, Council engaged Patrick Moriarty from Strategic Australia to host an information session about the process of incorporation as a trader association. The presentation material is available ( PDF 1.85MB).