Celebrating 20 years of business.gov.au!

July 3 marks a pretty special date – 20 years of the business.gov.au website putting government information, tools and resources at the fingertips of Australian business owners!

Celebrating 20 years of business.gov.au

Q: What do Google, the iMac and business.gov.au have in common?

A: They all launched in 1998.

July 3 marks 20 years of the business.gov.au website! To celebrate, here's a wrap up of where we’ve come from and where we are today.

How did business.gov.au begin?

On 3 July in 1998, an Australia government website called 'Business Entry Point' launched.

The Business Entry Point website was built so that:

  • all the information someone needed to start a business was available from one website
  • business owners didn't need to understand all the levels of government in Australia
  • people the information was written in a way that was easy to understand, and free from government jargon.

In 2005, Business Entry Point changed its name to business.gov.au.

Where is business.gov.au today?

Today the business.gov.au website is the primary location for government information, forms, services and tools for Australian business owners like you!

Over the years we've added new tools and resources to help you get on with what you do best – doing business.

Here are a few of our most popular:

  • Starting a Business Guide - a handy guide for start-ups that provides step-by-step information on how to start a business in Australia.
  • Business planning tools and templates - practical tools and templates to plan your business and marketing activities and manage your finances.
  • Business Registration Service - apply for key business and tax registrations at the same time, in the same place.
  • Fortnightly newsletter - subscribe to stay update on business legislation changes, programs and events.
  • Grants & Assistance - search nearly 400 grants, programs, assistance packages and loans to help your business grow.
  • Events & training - find local events, training sessions, webinars and networking opportunities.
  • Expertise & advice - search for a low-cost business adviser in your local area, or find an expert to connect with online
  • Social media channels - Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube for case studies, practical tips, handy reminders and alerts about grants and programs.

3 facts about business.gov.au

  • Our planning templates have been downloaded more than1.75 million times!
  • 30% of active users report saving money in the last 12 months by using business.gov.au
  • In the space of one year, Australian businesses saved $154 million in time and costs using business.gov.au that they would have spent elsewhere (2016-17).

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