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- What planning tools can help me?
Our free planning tools and templates are a great first step in starting the business planning process. They include how information on assessing whether you’re ready to start a business, how to write a business and marketing plan, exporting tools and succession planning.
- About business.gov.au
business.gov.au is an online government resource for the Australian business community. It offers you simple and convenient access to all of the government information, forms and services you need. It’s a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.
- Advisor Finder video transcript
- Business Consultation website
Register. Be consulted. Have your say.
- business.gov.au checklists
The business.gov.au Starting your business checklist and Growing your business checklist will guide you through the various stages of your business, whether you’re just starting or ready to grow.
- Checklist companion
A companion document to be used in conjunction with the business.gov.au Starting your business and Growing your business checklists.
- Contact business.gov.au
Contact business.gov.au for assistance with finding government information and services, using the ABN Lookup search, GovForms, or Business Consultation, or send us your comments and suggestions.
- Contacts & directories
Our Directory of government and business associations lists contact details for federal, state, territory and local government agencies, and non-government associations that may be of assistance to businesses. Contact business.gov.au to provide feedback, comments or suggestions about our site, and to get help with finding business information and services.
- Directory of government & business associations
The business.gov.au Directory of government & business associations contains details for federal, state, territory and local governments and business associations.
- Events calendar
This calendar lists government events held all around Australia. You can find seminars, training courses and other events for your business.
- Growing your business checklist
Whether you’re increasing staff, diversifying products or services, exporting goods, franchising your business or simply moving to bigger premises – the Growing your business checklist covers many of the issues needed to help you grow your business.
- News & events
Get the latest business news and improve your business knowledge by reading our news and features. Find government events for business held around Australia, including seminars, training courses and workshops in our Events Calendar.
- Starting your business checklist
Are you new to business? To help you get started, the Australian Government has developed a Starting your business checklist covering many of the basic issues you need to consider.
- How-to guide for Exiting a business
When closing or selling your business, you need to address a number of issues, such as company and business name deregistration, employee payments and cancellation of taxation registrations. Our guides provide information on what to do when you close down, sell or transfer ownership of your business.
- Emergency management & recovery
In Australia, natural disasters such as flood, fire and earthquakes can strike without warning. Your business is critical to your financial wellbeing and could also be a necessary service to your community, so it’s important to protect what you can in times of crisis.
- Business finances
How to manage and find finance for your business in Australia. Our Business Finances topic aims to help you manage your finances and grow your business.
- Employing people
Good employees can be your greatest asset, so recruiting and retaining the right person is very important. Find out your obligations under the recruitment and retention of staff, government laws, industrial awards and agreements, and contracts of employment.
- Environmental management
As a business you could have some impact on the environment, whether large or small. Managing your impact as well as your environmental responsibilities can ensure your business is environmentally friendly and reaping the added benefits.
- Fair trading
In Australia federal and state laws protect you, your business and your customers from unfair trading practices. These laws, together with industry codes of practice, help to ensure that your business operates fairly and competitively and that all consumers are adequately informed and protected.
Franchising allows one business to operate under the name of another business’ established brand and sell a prescribed product or service.Franchising can seem like an easy way of starting or expanding your business, but it’s not something you should rush into without the proper knowledge. Whether you are buying a franchise or franchising your own business, it requires a significant investment of your time and money.
- Grants & assistance
Our free tools and resources help you locate a grant, funding program, or advisory and counselling service to suit your business. A variety of services are available for businesses from the Australian, state and territory governments, and in some cases from local councils.
- Home-based business
If you’re running a home-based business there are a wide range of government requirements that may apply to you. Things to consider when running a small business from home include taxation, employment, council approval and licensing.
- Importing & exporting
Strict regulations apply on importing and exporting of goods, this covers customs and quarantine requirements, prohibited & restricted goods and assistance available.
- Independent contractors
Independent contractors run their own business, hiring out their services to other businesses and organisations. Unlike most employees, independent contractors negotiate their own fees and working arrangements, and can work for a variety of clients at one time.
Insurance is an essential part of running any business. If you are operating a small business you need more than just property insurance. Taking out the right insurance will help protect your business and minimise its exposure to risk.
- Intellectual property
Intellectual property (IP) represents creations of the mind or intellect that can be legally owned. Protecting it is vital to the success of your business.
- Market research & statistics
To run a successful business you need to know all about your potential and existing customers and the marketplace you operate in. Regularly assess who your competitors are, their strengths and weaknesses, who your customers are and what they want, and whether there are any gaps in the market.
- Occupational health & safety
Safety in the workplace is critical to the success of running a business, no matter what size it is. As a small business owner you have certain rights and responsibilities regarding health and safety in your workplace. Even if you don’t have any employees, you must ensure that your business doesn’t create health and safety problems for your customers and the general public.
- Online business
Are you interested in starting an online business? By trading online you can save time and money, reduce your overheads and reach a much wider market. And you make it easier for your customers to do business with you.
- Registration & licences
Find out what registrations & licences from local, state, territory and federal governments you need for starting or growing your business.
Understanding taxes and meeting your taxation obligations can save you money. By paying the right amount you can avoid late payment penalties. You may also be entitled to exemptions.
- Tenders & contracts
Selling goods and services to government is an important opportunity for all businesses. Find out about tender opportunities available in Australia and overseas, and how to go about planning, preparing and submitting your tenders.