Business Assistance


Links to work and business-related government websites that provide valuable assistance to employers and business owners in setting up their own business

Here are links to Federal and State government departments that provide information to help business owners set up and manage their new business. Many of these departments also provide marketing strategies, information about developing a business plan, and other important information you will need to know for your new business to be successful. The following list will also direct you to the departments responsible for maintaining the Australian Business Number register, registering an Internet domain name and registering for GST and other information.

Australian Business Register to apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN) or register for the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

The Australian Taxation Office for all matters related to your taxation, including applying for a Tax File Number (TFN), lodging a Business Activity Statement (BAS), obtaining taxation forms.

Office of Fair Trading of the Department of Commerce has starter kits for several types of businesses.

Fair Trading requires specific businesses and industries to fulfill particular obligations. For information about your industry click here.

National Business Name. From July 2011 the ASIC will take over responsibility for the registration of business names and introduce a national registration service. Existing registered business names will automatically be transferred to the national system.

New businesses will need to obtain an ABN before they can register a national business name. Businesses will be able to use an online service to register national business names. The online application service will include a link to a trademarks search.

NSW Fair Trading will continue to regulate business names until 30 June 2011.

Information about different business structures

Business Enterprise Centres are a network involving business enterprises, government, professional associations and other organisations. The purpose of these centres is to promote job creation and growth of small business.

New South Wales Government - Industry and Investment NSW
Small Business NSW
. The New South Wales Government information website for people starting, running or growing a small business. The information available on this site includes business advisory services, and information about planning and starting a new business in New South Wales.

Business names - Registering and using your business name.

Business Entry Point offers simple and convenient access to all the government information, forms and services you need. It's a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.

Registering an Internet domain name. Your domain name is your address on the Internet and gives you an online identity or brand. It's a valuable part of your business  

For more information go to the .au Domain Administration Ltd (.auDA) website.

Intellectual Property and Trade Marks, IP Site Search, business names, company names and domain names and a clarification of different registration entitlements.

The Department of State and Regional Development is now part of Industry & Investment NSW, which has been established to assist in building a diversified State economy that creates jobs. Find out more here about living, working and doing business in New South Wales.

Small Business toolkit.

Finance your New South Wales business. Need a grant to finance your New South Wales small business? Small business grants can help you buy new equipment, renovate your business, or grow it through marketing and advertising. Use New South Wales government grants to expand, or even launch, your small business. is the Australian Government's principal business program delivery division.

Information about setting up a home-based business in New South Wales.

Directory of Advisory Services. This directory lists contact details for federal, state, territory and local government agencies, and non-government associations that may be of assistance to businesses.

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is the lead government agency providing national leadership in education and workplace training.

Skills information for business is available.