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Business support and grants

The following information will assist new and growing businesses.

Austrade

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) contributes to Australia’s economic prosperity by helping Australian businesses, education institutions, tourism operators, governments and citizens as they:

  • develop international markets and promote international education
  • win productive foreign direct investment
  • strengthen Australia’s tourism industry
  • seek consular and passport services.

Austrade achieves this by:

  • generating market information and insight
  • promoting Australian capabilities
  • developing policy
  • making connections through an extensive global network of contacts
  • leveraging the badge of government offshore
  • providing quality advice and services

They aim to create value for businesses and institutions, in a way that represents a good investment for the taxpayer and meets or exceeds all appropriate standards of ethical behaviour.

Their role is to advance Australia's international trade and education, investment, and tourism interests by providing information, advice and services.

Visit the Austrade website for more information.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia's national statistical agency.

The ABS provides key statistics on a wide range of economic, environmental and social issues, to assist and encourage informed decision making, research and discussion within governments and the community.

They have an important leadership role, coordinating statistical activities and collaborating with official bodies in the collection, compilation, analysis and distribution of statistics.

This assists in maximising the value of government investment on these activities, and ensures outputs are fit-for-purpose.

Visit the ABS website for more information.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

The ACCC offers a free online education program designed to help small businesses learn more about their rights and obligations under the Competition and Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

The program includes 10 short modules covering topics such as:

  • pricing
  • advertising
  • consumer rights
  • selling safe products
  • unlawful competition
  • scams

Visit the ACCC website for more information.

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

The ATO offers businesses free and practical tax support.

They run free online seminars on a variety of topics, delivered by experienced tax officers.

Their role is to effectively manage and shape the tax and superannuation systems that support and fund services for Australians.

Visit the ATO website or visit our Business Event and Workshops page for more information.

business.gov.au

business.gov.au offers simple and convenient access to government information, forms and services.

It's a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.

Visit business.gov.au for more information.

Business Victoria

Business Victoria is a comprehensive online resource with practical step-by-step guides to starting, and developing your business including exporting, employing and managing staff.

Visit the Business Victoria website for more information.

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Consumer Affairs Victoria regulate and help create a competitive and fair marketplace for businesses and consumers.

Visit the Consumer Affairs Victoria website for more information.

Grant Guru

Grant Guru is the most comprehensive grants database in Australia.

The system is free for basic searches for businesses and community groups.

There are costs involved if you require additional features such as email alerts or grant training.

Visit the Grant Guru website.

Hiring staff

Are you stuck on what to ask during the interview process? It can be very daunting and hard to find the best people.

Jeff Haden, speaker and author of The Motivation Myth, has prepared an article that might assist you with the interviewing people.

View LinkedIn: Conduct the perfect job interview in twelve simple steps.

Registering a business name

If you're starting out a business, you'll need to register your business name to establish your business identity.

Visit the Business Victoria website for information on:

  • business names — what's allowed, business name availability
  • how to register a business name
  • how to protect your business name
  • ABN's
Regional Development Victoria

Regional Development Victoria (RDV) delivers the Victorian Government’s agenda to drive jobs and more prosperous communities in regional Victoria.

Their focus is on supporting the Government’s vision of creating a stronger regional Victoria through job creation, better infrastructure and new investment.

They currently administers a number of programs designed to:

  • support business and industry development
  • help new businesses to establish themselves
  • assist existing industries to grow and diversify
  • build prosperous, stronger regional communities

Visit the Regional Development Victoria website for more information.

Staff entitlements

The Fair Work Ombudsman can help when it comes to interpreting awards and understanding what your staff are entitled to.

Visit the Fairwork website for more information.

WorkCover Insurance

Does your business require WorkCover Insurance?

Visit the WorkSafe Victoria website for information on:

  • when you must register for WorkCover insurance
  • exemptions
  • penalties
WorkSafe Victoria

WorkSafe helps enforce Victoria's occupational health and safety laws and help injured workers back into the workforce.

Visit the WorkSafe Victoria website for:

  • tools to help you create a safe and healthy workplace
  • information on how you can support an injured worker
  • discover what to do after a worker has an injury
  • compliance codes and codes of practice
  • WorkSafe licences

This page was last updated on 13 August 2019.