Who can help with your business?
You don’t have to work it out all on your own. There are many free or low-cost resources available to advise and guide you on a range of business matters. Whether you’re just starting out or want to expand your business, it's always a good idea to extend your business support network.
Consider any or all of these ways to connect:
AusIndustry has a national network of regional managers providing advice and assistance to businesses across regional Australia. Regional managers link businesses to relevant assistance programs and work with experts providing advice tailored to the profile and needs of your business.
Find a low-cost business adviser or expert in your area to help you start, grow or exit your business.
A mentor is someone with extensive business experience and knowledge who can advise and guide you on a range of business matters. Mentoring can happen in person or in a group environment.
Rules and regulations
You can find out if there are specific rules and regulations that apply to each state or territory you operate in.
Find a list of advice and support resources in your state or territory.
Small business workshops and seminars run regularly in most areas of Australia. They deal with issues such as planning, marketing, financial management, innovation, employing staff and exporting.
You may also find it useful to attend networking events to help expand your business. By engaging in networks, you can keep up to date on industry and local information, promote your business and learn key skills from other businesses.
Search events for networking, mentoring or training events and seminars.
There are a number of professional financial services available, such as accountants, bookkeepers or Business Activity Statement (BAS) agents.
Financial professionals can help you to:
- maintain your books
- create and stick to a budget
- monitor your cash flow
- help you decide on opportunities like buying new equipment, expanding your business and leasing or buying a commercial space.
Find out more about the different types of financial professionals on our page on where to find financial help.
Grants and assistance
While the government generally doesn’t offer funding just to start a business, there may be other forms of assistance available to help you.
Try searching for activities that suit your business, such as research and development, trade, innovation or employment. You may also find grants, low-interest loans, tax and tariff concessions and much more.
Our page on grants, assistance and other support has lots of options. You can even enter your location to find specific advice or events in your area.
Grants and assistance for exporters
If you’re selling or promoting your products overseas, financial assistance packages are available. These include the Tradex Scheme, refund for marketing expenses, or event support for women at an international level.
There is also financial support for exporters in your state or territory.
Find out more on our page of financial help and grants for Australian exporters.
Grants and assistance for importers
You can also find whether concessions are available for goods that you import. These may allow you to import goods for free, at a reduced rate or on a deferred duty payment.
Find out more about these concession schemes on our grants and assistance for importers page.
Environmental grants and awards
Making your business more environmentally friendly is not only good for business but can make your business stand out from the competition. There are awards provided across federal, state, territory and local government levels.
For example, Australian businesses that comply with the National Carbon Offset Standard can use the logo to market their products. There are also sustainability and land care awards in most states or territories.
You can find out more on our environmental grants and awards for business page.
Assistance in an emergency
When a natural disaster strikes, government assistance is available to help businesses get back on their feet. The level of assistance available may vary depending on how severe each disaster is and your location.
Planning out your business gives you direction and keeps your business on track. You'll also need a business plan if you seek finance.
We have a suite of free planning templates and checklists to help you. These include:
- Starting a business checklist
- Growing your business checklist
- Taking on an employee checklist
- Market research checklist.
You can find the full list on our templates and tools page.
Read about developing your business plans for why it’s important to plan and what to do before writing your business or marketing plans.
Watch our business videos to find out more about business.gov.au tools to help you start or grow your business.