Help for your small business

Advisor Finder

If you need help with starting or growing your business, Advisor Finder can help you locate government business advisory services in your area.


Australian Business Account (ABA)

The ABA is an online service designed to help you set up, expand and manage your business. When you use the ABA, you will be able to:

  • create a free business account and
  • use this account to deal with all levels of government, in all states and territories.

Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)

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


Australian Small Business Advisory Service

The Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) program aims to maximise the growth potential, prosperity and sustainability of small businesses through enhanced access to information and advice on issues important to establishing, sustaining and/or growing a small business.

This program aims to achieve these objectives by improving the business and/or financial management skills of participating small businesses.

Small businesses can access a range of advisory services, such as but not limited to:

  • business management skills
  • financial management skills
  • business planning
  • mentoring for business
  • general business advice

For more information visit Business.gov.au, call 13 28 46, web chat or fill in an online enquiry form.


Best Practice Guide: Small business and the Fair Work Act

The Best Practice Guide: Small business and the Fair Work Act illustrates best practice for small businesses to be aware of key aspects of the Fair Work Act.

The guide explains:

  • the safety net of minimum employment conditions
  • the obligation to bargain in good faith at the enterprise level
  • the obligation to keep records and provide pay slips
  • unfair dismissal laws that apply to small business
  • protections for employees and obligations of employers
  • the functions of the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Fair Work Commission

Download the guide:

Best Practice Guide: Small business & the Fair Work Act (PDF 436KB)

Best Practice Guide: Small business & the Fair Work Act (Word 101KB)


Business Enterprise Centres

BECA is a not-for-profit organisation whose primary role is to support and grow the national network of Business Enterprise Centres (BECs) and provide representation on behalf of its members to key stakeholders.

BECs throughout Australia are able to offer businesses a range of services and assistance. Whether you are starting up a new business or wanting to improve your existing business, your local BEC office can provide the support and help you require.

Business Enterprise Centres Australia


Business.gov.au

Business.gov.au is an online government resources for the Australian business community. It provides simple and convenient access to all of the government information, forms and services you need for your business. It's a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.

Business.gov.au is the public face of the Government's Single Business Service which is streamlining the way businesses access industry information, grants and services by putting their needs first. The Single Business Service is available to all Australian businesses and is made up of the Business.gov.au website, a contact centre and a face-to-face business network.

For more information visit Business.gov.au, call 13 28 46, web chat or fill in an online enquiry form.


Competition and Consumer Law Education Programs

The Competition and Consumer Law Education Program is a free online education program for small businesses to help them learn about their rights and obligations under Australian competition and consumer laws.


Funding

Grants and other funding programs are available from Australian, state and territory governments and in some cases from local councils. The Grants and Assistance Finder can help you find business-related government funding that your business may be eligible for.


Personal Property Security Register

If your business buys valuable second-hand items, such as vehicles, equipment of machinery you should check the Personal Property Security Register (PPSR) before buying to make sure the items are debt free and safe from repossession.

If you sell, rent, lease or hire on terms you should register your items on the PPSR to make sure you can claim them back is a customer doesn't pay or becomes insolvent.


Small Business Assist

Small Business Assist is a new feature on the Australian Taxation Office's website which provides online, simple and easy access to information, for both new and established businesses.


Small Business Superannuation Clearing House

The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House is a free online service that helps employers to meet their superannuation obligations without the paper forms and administrative burden. Small business owners (with 19 or fewer employees) can choose to pay all their employees’ superannuation in a single electronic payment using the Clearing House.


Supporting Working Parents

There are toolkits available to help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to pregnancy, parental leave and return to work.


Your obligations as a small business operator booklet

Your obligations as a small business operator has been released by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to help small businesses know and understand their compliance obligations.


If you have questions about getting help for your business contact the Australian Small Business Commissioner Information Line on 1300 650 460.