Advice and support in your state or territory
When starting a business, you'll need to find out if there are specific rules and regulations that apply to each state or territory that you operate in. Though there are a lot of pointers above, if you would still like to discuss your business idea with someone or you are not sure, the Australian Government provide an Advisory Service. The Advisory Service will provide you with an experienced advisor or expert who can help solve business problems, connect you to funding and help grow your industry networks.
Grants and financial assistance
Grants, funding programs and industry assistance are available from the federal, state and territory governments. This page provides information on what grants and other assistance is available for starting and expanding your small business, research and development, innovation and exporting. When searching for funding, keep in mind that you’ll generally need to meet certain criteria to be eligible, and that aside from funding assistance, many programs can help your business by building your skills and knowledge.
Council facilitates a number of training programs that can assist you, including free mentoring services. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 9205 2350.
Importing and exporting
Are you considering expanding your business by importing or exporting goods? There are strict regulations on importing and exporting goods, so it is vitally important that you find out what applies to you.
Developing your skills and the skills of your employees can help to keep your business competitive. Investing in skills and training can increase productivity and innovation, help you attract and retain high quality employees and improve customer satisfaction.
New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
The New Business Assistance with NEIS provides personalised support to help you become a self-employed business owner. There are 8,600 places available nationally each year, delivered by a network of 21 NEIS providers. Applications can be made at anytime.
Exiting a business
Exiting or leaving your business with no plan can be stressful. Whether you leave your business for professional or personal reasons, make sure you plan ahead. The reasons for closing your business can be varied and may include selling, closing, dissolving the company or bankruptcy. This website will guide you through this process, and help make it as stress free as possible.