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Talking Business March 2020 Business Prospectus - City of opportunity Greater Dandenong Dandenong Activity Centre Profile

Talking Business magazine

Business Prospectus

Activity centre profiles

Manufacturing Snapshot Transport Economic profile: Our Economy

Manufacturing snapshots and statistics 

Economic profiles

Social enterprises in Greater Dandenong study (PDF - 316KB)

Greater Dandenong Regional  Food Strategy 2015-18

Tourism Strategy and Action Plan 2014-18

Regional Food Strategy 2015-18 

Tourism Strategy and Action Plan 2015-18 

Achieving Greater Dandenong's
Potential: Economic
Development Strategy

Creative ways to market and promote your cafe or restaurant



Creative ways to Market and Promote your Cafe or Restaurant 



Economic profile

Whether you want to start a business, expand, develop a site or relocate to Greater Dandenong, up to date information about the area's economy is important for your decision making process.

Greater Dandenong's online economic profile and profile snapshot documents provide comprehensive information and trends about the Greater Dandenong economy.

Greater Dandenong economic and community profile - REMPLAN

More information on Greater Dandenong's economic profile snapshots

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.

Australian Apprenticeships

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 Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) 
Enforcing and regulating company and financial services laws.

Australian Synchrotron
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.

Business Plans
Samples and models.

Business Recycling
Provides small businesses an online register to find reuse, recycling and waste services needed for specific needs.

Business Victoria 
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 Environment, Land, Water and Planning 
Focussed on sustainability of the natural and built environment, to support environmental sustainability. 

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Major Australian Government agency for the provision of infrastructure and Regional Development Australia (RDA). 

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
The Australian Government's lead agency that exists to enable growth and productivity for globally competitive industries through four key objectives: supporting science and commercialization, growing business investment and improving business capability, streamlining regulation and building a high performance organisation. 

Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business works to ensure that employers and employees are supported with flexible and modern workplace arrangements that benefit Australian workplaces and the economy.

Digital Business Kits
Digital Business Kits (DBK) provide industry-specific information and resources to assist small-to-medium enterprises and not-for-profit organisations engage in the digital economy and take advantage of the opportunities available through digital technology.

The DBK is a partnership between the Australian Government and nine industry peak bodies including the Manufacturing Sector, Professional Services Sector, Retail Sector, Restaurant and Catering Sector, Community and Social Services Sector.

Emergency Management
How would you respond if an emergency occurred? There are simple measures to follow and an emergency action list is available to assist business, including emergency management plan template, action plan template, insurance and business recovery template. Further information is also available through Business Victoria.

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.

Export Assistance 
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

Industry Search 
Information services for manufacturers.

Invest Victoria 
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 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. 

Sustainability Victoria 
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 Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
Member based, offering a range of products and services to business. 

Victoria Online 
Find local, state and federal government information and services.

Victorian Small Business Commission  
Aims to create a fair and competitive environment for Victorian small business to operate, grow and prosper through its four functions – advocacy, dispute resolution, monitoring and engagement.

Worksafe Victoria 
Keep up to date with the latest from Worksafe Victoria.