Information and Professional Advice

Where to go for advice and guidance on running a business in Australia...

A wealth of free advice and information for budding entrepreneurs is available from Australian chambers of commerce, embassies and high commissions, federal government and state agencies, local councils, professional associations and trade unions. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), also provides a wealth of information available from its regional offices and via its website.

  • ASIC
    Postal Address
    : PO Box 9827, Melbourne, VIC 3001
    Tel: 1300 300 630 (local rate), or +61 3 5177 3988 (from abroad)

The Office of Small Business is a government agency with offices in all major cities, offering free advice and assistance to those planning to start a business. It publishes an abundance of information, particularly concerning raising finance for a new business. Centrelink publishes various booklets about starting and running a business. There are Business Enterprise Centres (BECs) in some states and territories (e.g. NSW and the Australian Capital Territory), where you can obtain free advice and support on a wide range of business-related subjects.

Most international firms of accountants have offices in major cities in Australia (and in many other countries) and are an invaluable source of information (in English and other languages) on a wide range of subjects, including company law, forming a company, social security and taxation. Many publish free books about doing business in Australia.

Information about starting a small business in Australia can also be obtained from the Department of Fair Trading. (Each state or territory has their own department).

Australia's major banks operate small business centres which provide free banking, financial and other advice to new businesses, and the Australian Tax Office publishes a number of helpful booklets, including How to Keep Your Business Records.

There are many state and local government agencies and departments providing information and advice about starting and running a business. All states operate business advisory, development, industry, investment and technology corporations or departments. One of the best places to start is your local chamber of commerce, which is a mine of information about every aspect of business and relocation to particular towns or areas (many produce relocation and business information packages). Public libraries are also an excellent source of information about starting a business.

Extract from Living and Working in Australia (7th Edition - 2010) David Hampshire (Available as eBook or order from Amazon) Published by Survival Books Ltd, Survival Books Copyright © Survival Books Ltd All Rights Reserved