Links

We’ve compiled a massive list of online resources for Australian home businesses.

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These resources are applicable to home businesses across Australia.

business.gov.au

business.gov.au is an online government resource for the Australian business community. It’s a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing a business.

This link navigates directly to the ‘home-based business’ area of business.gov.au:

https://www.business.gov.au/info/plan-and-start/start-your-business/home-based-business

This link navigates directly to the ‘online business’ area of business.gov.au:

https://www.business.gov.au/info/plan-and-start/start-your-business/online-business/

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is the principal revenue collection agency of the Australian government.

This link navigates directly to the ‘Running your business from home’ area of the ATO website:

https://www.ato.gov.au/General/Property/Property-used-in-running-a-business/Running-your-business-from-home/

This link navigates directly to the ‘Home-based business’ area of the ATO website:

https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Income-and-deductions-for-business/In-detail/Home-based-business/

This link navigates directly to the ‘Setting up a home-based business’ area of the ATO website:

https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Starting-your-own-business/Setting-up-a-home-based-business/

Small business newsroom

This link navigates directly to the ‘Small business newsroom’ area of the ATO website:

https://www.ato.gov.au/newsroom/smallbusiness/

You can subscribe to the Small business newsroom to get the latest business news and updates from the ATO.

Small Business Superannuation Clearing House

The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House is a free online super payments service that helps small businesses.

Australian Business Registrar (abr.gov.au)

The abr.gov.au website is managed by the Australian Business Register (ABR) Program. The ABR stores details about businesses and organisations when they register for an Australian Business Number (ABN).

This link navigates to the area for registering an ABN:

https://abr.gov.au/For-Business,-Super-funds—Charities/Applying-for-an-ABN/

ABN Lookup

ABN Lookup is the public view of the Australian Business Register (ABR). It provides access to publicly available information supplied by businesses when they register for an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator.

This link navigates directly to the ‘For business’ area of the ASIC website:

http://asic.gov.au/for-business/

This link navigates directly to the ‘small business hub’ area of the ASIC website:

http://asic.gov.au/for-business/your-business/small-business/

Register a business name

To proceed with registering a business name, you’ll need to login or register an account on the asic.gov.au website. For more information on registering a business name, see our helpful article: How to register a Business Name.

Check the availability of a business name

You can check the availability of a business name using the search feature on the asic.gov.au website.

ASIC’s MoneySmart

This link navigates directly to the ‘Self-employed people’ area of ASIC’s MoneySmart website:

https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/life-events-and-you/self-employed-people

IP Australia

IP Australia is the Australian Government agency that administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights.

This link navigates to the Australian Trade Mark On-line Search System (ATMOSS):

http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/atmoss/falcon.application_start

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency.

This link navigates to a page designed to assist small business operators with market research, profiling customers and planning a business case:

http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/Services+we+provide+to+small+business

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry represents more than 300,000 businesses of all sizes, across all industries and all parts of the country. The Australian Chamber is the peak council of Australian business organisations.

Office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

The Office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman provides tailored information and assistance for small businesses and family enterprises, including: dispute resolution; starting, running and growing a business; and selling or closing a business.

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

IBA’s vision is for a nation in which the First Australians are economically independent and an integral part of the economy. Economic independence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is at the heart of IBA’s vision and programs.

IBA wants Indigenous Australians to have the same financial opportunities as other Australians. Through IBA’s programs, they attempt to remove some of the obstacles that may prevent their customers from creating wealth, accumulating assets and fulfilling their aspirations.

IBA’s programs include assistance for Indigenous Australians to own their own businesses and invest in commercial ventures that provide strong financial returns.

This link navigates to the Business Ownership area of the IBA website:

http://www.iba.gov.au/business-ownership/

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)

The ACCC promotes competition and fair trade in markets to benefit consumers, businesses, and the community.

This link navigates directly to the ‘Business’ area of the ACCC website:

http://www.accc.gov.au/business

Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)

ABLIS helps businesses find the government licences, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines they need to know about to meet their compliance responsibilities.

Using ABLIS you can find out which government licences and registrations apply to your business, and create and download a personalised report.

Self-employment—New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

Job seekers who are interested in running a new small business may be eligible to participate in the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), delivered as part of jobactive.

NEIS is a programme delivered by a network of 21 providers who provide individualised help for job seekers to become self-employed business owners.

These resources are applicable to home businesses operating in the ACT and surrounding regions.

Innovation, Trade and Investment

Innovation, Trade and Investment is a service-focused area of the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate that provides a range of programs and support to the ACT business community.

This link navigates to the Grants and Assistance area of Innovation, Trade and Investment (business.act.gov.au):

http://www.business.act.gov.au/grants-and-assistance

Canberra Business Chamber

Canberra Business Chamber is the ACT and capital region’s leading business organisation.

Canberra BusinessPoint

Canberra BusinessPoint is the first point of call for practical business support and advice for both existing businesses and those intending to start a business in Canberra and the surrounding region.

CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN)

The CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN) supports and promotes innovation in Canberra.

These resources are applicable to home businesses operating in NSW.

NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development

The NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development (known as the NSW Department of Industry) provides services and offers advice to individuals and businesses interested in investing, exporting, buying, living and working in NSW.

This link navigates to the ‘Business & Industry’ area of the NSW Department of Industry website:

http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/business-and-industry-in-nsw

NSW Business Chamber

NSW Business Chamber is the state’s peak business organisation.

Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner

The Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner aims to help small businesses operate as professionally, efficiently and successfully as they can.

Small Biz Connect

Small Biz Connect is a quality, personalised and highly subsidised business advisory program for small businesses in NSW.

NSW Fair Trading

NSW Fair Trading safeguards the rights of all consumers and advises business and traders on fair and ethical practice.

This link navigates to the ‘Businesses’ area of the NSW Fair Trading website:

http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/Businesses.page?

These resources are applicable to home businesses operating in NT.

Northern Territory Government

This link navigates directly to the ‘Business and Industry’ section of the Northern Territory Government website:

https://nt.gov.au/industry

Business Enterprise Centre, Darwin Region Inc. (also known as BEC Darwin)

BEC Darwin is one of 130 Business Enterprise Centres operating throughout Australia, all of which deliver community based business services to the communities they serve.

Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory

The Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory provides services and support to business in a number of key areas including industrial relations, training, employment, education and training advice, networking and premier business events.

Northern Territory Business Council

The Northern Territory Business Council (NTBC) is a coalition of industry and professional associations comprising of chief executives of member organisations.

These resources are applicable to home businesses operating in QLD.

Queensland Government

This link navigates directly to the ‘Business and industry portal’ section of the Queensland Government website:

https://www.business.qld.gov.au

Small Business Solutions

Small Business Solutions is designed to enhance the business skills, profitability and growth of small businesses. Small Business Solutions provides small business owners the opportunity to get real business assistance from accredited industry professionals.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ)

The Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland is the state’s peak association for employers in any industry.

These resources are applicable to home businesses operating in SA.

Government of South Australia

This link navigates directly to the ‘Business, industry and trade’ section of the Government of South Australia website:

https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/business-industry-and-trade

Department of State Development

This link navigates directly to the ‘Business’ section of the Department of State Development website:

http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/industry/smallbusiness

Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games

The Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games provides leadership in making Queensland an attractive destination for tourists, investment and events, supported by strong, capable and responsive small businesses.

This link navigates directly to the ‘Small business’ section of the Department’s website:

https://www.dtesb.qld.gov.au/small-business

Business SA (Chamber of Commerce and Industry South Australia)

Business SA is the voice of business in South Australia. They assist organisations of all sizes to manage people and tackle the issues faced in today’s competitive business environment. Their highly skilled professionals provide hands-on assistance to identify workplace challenges and drive growth at every stage of the business lifecycle.

Aboriginal Business Industry Chamber of South Australia

ABICSA is a member-based independent organisation. Its vision is to facilitate sustainable Aboriginal business development and growth through effective advocacy with the private and public sectors.

Office of the South Australian Small Business Commissioner (SASBC)

The SASBC will provide services where disputes can be resolved with as minimal stress as possible to small business operators. The Commissioner also provides information to improve the capacity of small businesses to manage their affairs and inform their decision making, so that disputes are less likely to occur.

Consumer and Business Services (CBS)

Consumer and Business Services (CBS) provides a diverse range of services to support the every day activities of South Australian citizens whether consumers, traders or businesses.

CBS is a division of the South Australian Government’s Attorney-General’s Department.

This link navigates directly to the ‘Business advice’ section of the CBS website:

http://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/consumers/business-advice/

These resources are applicable to home businesses operating in TAS.

Business Tasmania

Business Tasmania (business.tas.gov.au) is an online Tasmanian Government resource for all small Tasmanian businesses.

Enterprise Centres Tasmania

Enterprise Centres Tasmania is a statewide network of business advisors and mentors, created to help small businesses and their owners to reach their potential.

Department of State Growth

The Department of State Growth works closely with the community, business and industry to provide advice and assistance that supports cultural and economic growth in the state.

These resources are applicable to home businesses operating in VIC.

Business Victoria

Business Victoria is a comprehensive online resource designed to help you start, run and grow your business. The Business Victoria website is published by the State Government of Victoria and is managed by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).

This link navigates to the ‘Grants, vouchers, and assistance programs’ section of the Business Victoria website:

http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-assistance

Small Business Mentoring Program

The Small Business Mentoring Program offers the services of experienced mentors to help your business succeed. Further details on the program are available on the Business Victoria website:

http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-assistance/small-business-mentoring-program

Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS)

The Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) has experienced mentors to help your business succeed.

SBMS is an independent, not-for-profit Association. It is part funded by the Victorian Government to deliver low cost mentoring programs, but operates independently from Government.

State Government of Victoria

This link navigates directly to the ‘Business & Industry’ section of the State Government of Victoria website:

http://www.vic.gov.au/business-industry.html

This link navigates directly to the ‘Small businesses’ section of the State Government of Victoria website:

http://www.vic.gov.au/business-industry/business-practice-management/small-businesses.html

Victorian Small Business Commissioner (VSBC)

The VSBC offers independent guidance on business disputes. They provide quick, effective, neutral and low cost mediation services.

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Consumer Affairs Victoria is the consumer affairs regulator, helping to create a competitive and fair marketplace for businesses and consumers.

This link navigates directly to the ‘Businesses’ section of the Consumer Affairs Victoria website:

https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/businesses

This navigates directly to the ‘Small business’ section of the Consumer Affairs Victoria website:

https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/businesses/small-business

These resources are applicable to home businesses operating in WA.

Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC)

This link navigates directly to the ‘Business Topics’ section of the SBDC website:

https://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/business-topics/

Government of Western Australia

This link navigates directly to the ‘Business’ section of the Government of Western Australia website:

https://www.wa.gov.au/information-about/business

Department of Commerce

This link navigates directly to the ‘Industry and Innovation’ section of the Department of Commerce website:

https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/industry-and-innovation

Innovation Centre WA

The Innovation Centre WA is a meeting place and advisory service for innovators and entrepreneurs, located at Technology Park, Bentley.

Link suggestions or corrections

Know of a great online resource for Aussie home businesses? Get in touch and we’ll check it out.

At this stage we’re not adding commercially-focussed websites (e.g. business service providers or retailers), so please keep this in mind when sending through suggestions.

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