Business support

Essential information on planning, starting and running your business.

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  • Starting a business
    Understand the difference between a business and a hobby. Deciding whether you are a business can affect your taxation, licensing and insurance requirements so it's important to get it right. If you are selling goods online, find out how to determine if this is a business or a hobby.

Business topics

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Importing & exporting
    Are you considering expanding your business by importing or exporting goods? There are strict regulations on importing and exporting goods, so it is vitally important that you find out what applies to you.
  • Insurance
    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 covers a range of laws that give individuals and businesses exclusive rights over their creative and inventive projects.
  • Registration & licences
    When you're starting up a new business it's important to find out what registration and licences apply to you. This can be complex as local, state, territory and Australian governments all handle registration and licensing for various aspects of your business.
  • 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.

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