Business Resources and Data
Other business resources and websites
The following websites contain important information to assist you in setting up a business and/or running your business more effectively.
A division of the Australian Government Department of Industry,Tourism and Resources. AusIndustry serves the needs of Australian businesses by assisting them to become more innovative and internationally competitive, and provides a range of assistance products in the form of grants, loans, tax concessions, duty concessions, and support for investment by capital venture firms.
Austrade (Australian Trade Commission)
Australia’s principal export and investment facilitation agency.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
Australia’s official statistical organisation.
Australian Business Register
To apply for an ABN (also see Victorian Business Centres).
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Information and advice on consumer rights, business rights & obligations, price monitoring and anti-competitive conduct.
Australian Government Department of Employment
The Australian Government Department of Employment is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.
Australian Industrial Relations Commission
The Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) is an independent national tribunal dealing with employment issues.
Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)
Enforcing and regulating company and financial services laws.
Advanced research and development facility.
Australian Taxation Office
Business Entry Point
The Australian Government's one-stop-link for business advice and assistance, offering 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 a business.
Samples and models.
Provides small businesses an online register to find reuse, recycling and waste services needed for specific needs.
Provides information including Starting a Business, Industrial Relations, and Exporting.
Chisholm Institute of TAFE, Stud Road Campus, Dandenong
Consumer & Business Affairs Victoria
Registers business names (also see Victorian Business Centres below), cooperatives, incorporated associations and limited partnerships.
CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Incorporating employment and workplace services to Australians.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Department of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
Major Victorian Government agency for the provision of land use planning, roads and public transport, and the overall built form of the state.
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science Research and Tertiary Education
The Victorian Government's lead agency for economic and regional development, working towards more quality jobs and thriving, innovative industries across Victoria, through five priority objectives: Investment Attraction, Trade Development, Developing Innovative Industries, Regional Development and Marketing. (also see Victorian Business Centres below).
Department of Land, Water and Planning
Focussed on sustainability of the natural and built environment, to support environmental sustainability.
The Victorian Government work participation program aims to increase sustainable employment opportunities for Victorians facing significant barriers to work and help address emerging labour and skills shortages.
Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
Working for a safe and ecologically sustainable environment for Victoria. Information available on sustainable business practices. Contact the the local EPA office (Dandenong) on (03) 8710 5555.
Victorian Government export assistance.
Fair Work Ombudsman
Australian Government site giving information on wages and conditions of employment.
Food Industry, Victorian Government
Information on the food industry.
Government in Australia
Information and services of the Australian and State/Territory governments.
Government tenders/purchasing opportunities
Government tenders and other business opportunities with Government.
Home Based Business in Victoria
Information services for manufacturers.
Provides a range of free and confidential services to assist with investing or re-investing in Victoria.
Intellectual Property Australia
Patents, Trade Marks, Designs.
Monash Enterprise Centre
A Business Incubator providing accommodation and support services for establishing businesses in Melbourne’s South East.
National Library of Australia
Small Business Commissioner
Dedicated to promoting a competitive and fair operating environment for small business.
Small Business Mentoring Service
The SBMS is an independent non-profit organisation providing experienced volunteer business counsellors, mentors and coaches to Victorian businesses.
Starting a Business in Victoria
State Library of Victoria
Business Information Service (statistical information regarding overseas and/or Australia).
State Revenue Office
Government’s major tax collection agency. Administers payroll tax, land tax, financial institutions duty, debits tax and stamp duty.
Previously Eco-Recycle Victoria (includes waste management).
Victorian Building Authority
The Victorian Building Authority can provide you with expert advice and essential information for your building, renovating, or simply home repair requirements. VBA is Victoria’s building and plumbing industries regulator and ensures high standards are maintained.
Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VECCI)
Member based, offering a range of products and services to business.
Find local, state and federal government information and services.
The Victorian Workcover Authority (workers compensation insurance scheme).