Starting a Business

Business Advice and Referrals

There is a wealth of information available for starting a small or home based business; the links below will point you in the right direction.

Business Victoria is a comprehensive online resource designed to help you start, run and grow your business.

E Business 
Want to get your business online, but don’t know where to start? Need some help with your transition to e-commerce?

Deductions for Home Based Business
If your home is also your place of business, you can claim income tax deductions for a portion of the costs of owning, maintaining and using your home for this purpose. When you sell your home you may be liable for capital gains tax. It's important you keep the right records. 

General Articles on Setting Up a Home Based Business

Checklist for Home Based Business

StartupSmart - Home Based Business

55 Ideas for Home Based Business

Useful Business Links

Australian Bureau of Statistics
Provides an enormous range of statistical information relevant for business. A fee is payable for some of the information.

Are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Trade Practices Act and administer the Price Surveillance Act.

To register a company name you need to check that someone else doesn't already have it. Visit the ASIC's online name search to identify if a company name already exists.

Australian Tax Office
Anything and everything that you need to know about business, personal or corporate taxes.

AusIndustry, a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, is putting the needs of Australian businesses first by simplifying and streamlining access to information and advice. 

All government information about import and export in Australia.

Consumer and Business Affairs Victoria
Deals with registration of business names as well as consumer affairs and fair trading.

Council of Small Business Australia
COSBOA has a proud history of strong advocacy on small business issues ranging from taxation and workplace relations, through to competition law and retail tenancy. We were created by people who believed that small business needed a voice that was not also representing big business – as a result the Council of Small Business Australia is now the country’s peak body exclusively representing the interests of small businesses. 

IP Australia
The Australian Government agency responsible for granting rights in patents, Plant Breeder's Rights, trade marks and designs.

Victorian Small Business Commissioner
Dedicated to promoting a competitive and fair operating environment for small business.

Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI)
Victoria’s most influential employer group, servicing over 25,000 Victorian businesses per annum.

Updated : 9:43 AM, 31 January 2019

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