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Small business

Australian Small Business Commissioner

Provides tailored information and assistance for small businesses, including dispute resolution, starting and growing a business, and family business.

Australian Small Business Commissioner checklists

Are you new to business? The 'Starting your business checklist' covers many of the basic issues you need to consider. The checklists will be updated on a regular basis; please check that you have the latest version.

Department of Industry and Science

Digital Business

Want to get your business or community organisation online, but don't know where to start? Digital Business can help you learn more about the benefits of an online presence and how to go about developing one.

Department of Communications

Dispute Support

An online tool that makes it easy to find the most appropriate low cost dispute resolution service to help small businesses resolve disputes. Also provides information to better understand and manage disputes.

Australian Small Business Commissioner

For businesses

Provides information for business relating to advertising; anti-competitive behaviour; exemptions; rights and protections; franchising; industry codes; mergers; pricing; professional services and treating customers fairly.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Home-based business

Provides information for setting up and running a home-based business including: advice and support; planning; registration and licences for home-based businesses; taxation and insurance.

Department of Industry and Science

Indigenous employment program

Support for employers, businesses and other organisations for activities or projects that help increase employment outcomes and economic participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Department of Employment


Insurance is an essential part of running any business. This page links to information about insurance and risk management: types of insurance; insurance for home-based business and risk management.

Department of Industry and Science

Intellectual property

Intellectual property (IP) is the general name given to the laws covering patents, trade marks, copyright, etc. Provides information about these different types of intellectual property: patents; trade marks; copyright; trade secrets/confidentiality; registered designs; circuit layout rights and Plant Breeder's Rights.

Department of Industry and Science

Legal Help Guide

Provides a guide for Australian small business owners to assist them in gaining a broad understanding of legal issues they may encounter.



iPad and Android – A successful marketing plan can help you reach your target market. The MarketMyBiz app provides a template, handy tips and planning tools to help you achieve your business goals.

Department of Industry and Science


iPad and Android – Based on the planning guide and template, there are prompts and handy tips to help you develop a business plan that is tailored to your business.

Department of Industry and Science

New enterprise incentive scheme (NEIS)

Provides practical small business training, business mentoring and financial assistance to job seekers interested in starting and running a small business.

Department of Employment

Self-employed people - MoneySmart

Provides guidance about cash flow, tax, retirement savings and income protection for people who are self-employed.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Small Business (NSW)

Provides information on the NSW Government's small business programs and other resources. It contains ready-to-use, relevant information for people who are starting, running and growing a business.

Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services [NSW]

Small business superannuation clearing house

A free online superannuation payments service that helps small businesses with 19 or less employees make their superannuation contribution payments in one transaction.

Australian Taxation Office

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