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Small business assistance

Some Australian and NSW government departments 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
  • other important information you will need to know for your new business to be successful.

The list below provides links to departments responsible for maintaining the Australian Business Number register, registering an internet domain name and registering for GST as well as other information.

For Free confidential business advice, contact the Business Advisory Service, Manager Illawarra ITeC, South Coast:

Essential information to help you get started

Business names and registration

  • Registering and using your business name.
  • The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) provides information on registering your business name and allows you to manage one or many business names online through one account. It also provides advice on how to protect your business name.
  • 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 identity and an important marketing tool. If you wish to buy a .com.au or .net.au domain name, you must be a commercial entity and possess either an ACN or ABN.
    For more information, visit the Domain Administration Ltd (.auDA) website.

.auDA accredited registrars

  • The auDA website has a list of registrars who are authorised to register a domain name.
    These registrars are authorised by .auDA to provide services to people who want to register a new domain name, renew their existing domain name, or make changes to their domain name record. Specific services and fee schedules may vary from registrar to registrar.
  • More information on intellectual property and trademarks.

Your obligations (ABN and tax)

Business advice, networking and financial assistance

  • 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.
  • Regional Development Australia - far south coast
  • 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 grants can help you buy new equipment, renovate your business, or grow it through marketing and advertising. Use NSW government grants to expand, or even launch, your small business. Small business grants from the NSW or Australian governments can be yours simply by applying.
  • business.gov.au’s Single Business Service is the Australian Government’s principal business program delivery division in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.  It provides a number of free tools and resources including directories, advisor finder services, templates and guides, and a lot of information on networking, events, planning, marketing and finance, to help you with your business.

Staff training

Business sustainability

  • The Sustaining Our Towns program can assist your small business to access low-cost government programs to help you save energy, water, waste and money.