The following organisations can help you on your journey.
The ATO has a wide range of useful small business information and services. The ATO can help in every stage of your business from start-up through to normal day to day operations, expansion or when you are winding down your business. There are a wide range of activities that you can do online such as applying for an Australian Business Number (ABN), lodging your Business Activity Statement (BAS), learning about the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Pay As You Go (PAYG), through to joining their Business Portal which allows you to do a wider range of activities online and obtain direct assistance.
T 13 28 61 W ato.gov.au
The Australian Government has produced a range of tools, checklists and guides to assist people who are thinking of starting a business. The Australian Government Business Portal offers you simple and convenient access to all the government information, transactions and services you need. It's a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and running your business.
T 13 28 46 W business.gov.au
The ACCC is an independent statutory authority. The ACCC promotes competition and fair trade in the market place to benefit consumers, business and the community. It also regulates national infrastructure industries. Its primary responsibility is to ensure that individuals and businesses comply with the Commonwealth's competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws. It also provides a checklist for small business that highlights the main things to consider before buying or joining a business.
T 1300 302 502 W accc.gov.au
ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator. Sole traders, partnerships, companies and trusts have different legal obligations and are taxed differently. ASIC regulates Australian companies, financial markets, financial services organisations and professionals who deal and advise in investments, superannuation, insurance, deposit taking and credit. If you wish your business to operate under a company structure, you need to register with ASIC.
T 1300 300 630 W asic.gov.au
The NSW Office of the Small Business Commissioner reports to the Small Business Minister and provides the following support: provide a first-stop-shop for small business complaints about unfair market practices; assist small businesses in their commercial dealings with other businesses; help small business resolve disputes with other businesses; examine complaints by small businesses regarding unfair market practices and arrange mediation; make representations to third parties on behalf of small businesses that have made a complaint; monitor and report to the Minister on any emerging trends in market practices that have an impact on small businesses; review NSW laws and regulations to ensure small business is not unnecessarily hampered; work collaboratively with private and public sector agencies to ensure unfair market practice issues that impact small business are addressed; work with other Government agencies to ensure a focus on "small business friendly" market practices; and promote informed decision-making by small businesses in order to minimise disputes with other businesses.
T 1300 795 534 W smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au
ICN is an Australia and New Zealand wide network that helps businesses to maximise the opportunities that arise from purchasing requirements from both the government and private sectors. Industry Capability Network Limited (ICNL) is independently managed and financially supported by the Australian Government's Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR). ICNL is part of a network that has 24 offices located around Australia and a team of around 80 technical experts across a number of major industries, from oil and gas to manufacturing and engineering.
T 9927 3100 W icn.org.au
IP Australia administers Australia's intellectual property rights system, specifically patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights. The IP Tool box is an online guide to the practical use and management of intellectual property (IP). This resource covers a range of IP issues and concepts including commercialisation, management and protection. It is an essential guide for all IP owners and managers.
T 1300 651 010 W ipaustralia.gov.au
LawAccess NSW is a free government telephone service that provides legal information, advice and referrals for people who have a legal problem in NSW. A business (or an employer in a business) that has the financial ability to obtain legal advice from a private solicitor is prohibited from using this service.
T 1300 888 529 W lawaccess.nsw.gov.au
NSW Business Chamber is a not-for-profit member organisation committed to helping businesses of all sizes manage their people and growth more efficiently. Through, ‘Australian Business’ they provide the following services to businesses: business consulting, apprenticeship and traineeship services, marketing services, OHS consulting, recruitment services, legal services, and international trade advice and documentation.
T 13 26 96 W nswbusinesschamber.com.au
SelfStart is available to support you through the first stages of starting your own business. From planning, validating your idea, finding local support, through to perfecting your pitch, this site contains information and links to existing resources under 11 subject areas.
T 13 17 15 W jobsearch.gov.au
The relationship between landlords and tenants of retail shops is governed by the Retail Leases Act 1994. The RTU is part of the NSW Small Business Commissioner's office. The Unit gives legal information, advice on procedures and processes under the Act as well as strategic assistance for parties as they work to sort out their problems. The Unit works with landlords, tenants, agents, solicitors, accountants and other industry advisors. Information services, forms and educational products of the Unit are provided free of charge.
T 1300 795 534 W industry.gov.au