Small business

Find government information about growing and managing your small business.

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Assists and advocates for small businesses and family enterprises. Provides access to dispute resolution services to assist businesses to resolve disputes.

Office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

business.gov.au 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, Innovation 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 Industry, Innovation and Science

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.

Office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

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, Innovation and Science

Insurance and workers’ compensation

Provides information about the different types of insurance that may be required for running your business and compulsory insurances such as workers’ compensation.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

IP – Protect your ideas

Ideas and unique creations can exist in every business. Intellectual property (IP) laws allow for protection of these through patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, circuit layouts, and plant breeder’s rights.

Department of Industry, Innovation 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.


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