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The vast majority (over nine in ten) of Australian businesses are small businesses. They employ over 40 per cent of Australia's workforce.

A healthy small business sector is a prerequisite for a growing economy with high employment opportunities. In a very real sense, small business counts.

The small business environment is a very dynamic medium that allows entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams, unencumbered by the structures of larger and more bureaucratic business structures.

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.

Below you will find information from various government departments and organisations such as: setting up a home-based business; registering your business name and internet domain name; registering for GST; available financial assistance and support services available for small businesses.

Information to help you get started

  • business.gov.au: Offers simple and convenient access to government information, forms and services you need. This website also provides essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.
  • business.gov.au: Information designed to help you start your business such as how to develop a business and marketing plan, how to create a budget and starting a business checklist.
  • NSW Department of Treasury - Support for Business: For people starting, running or growing a small business. This website includes business advisory services, success stories and information about planning and starting a new business in New South Wales.
  • Australian Government Grants and Loans - the Australia Business Financing Centre: Information about business grants and loans available to small businesses. Small business grants can help you buy new equipment, renovate or grow your business through marketing and advertising. Access this website to expand, or even launch, your small business. Small business grants from the NSW or Australian Government can be yours simply by applying.
  • business.gov.au: Information about setting up a home-based business in New South Wales such as how to balance your work and lifestyle, where to find support and your tax, insurance and licence obligations.
  • NSW Government Fair Trading - Business Structures: Information about different business structures and specific requirements relating to each type of structure.

Business names and registration

  • NSW Government Fair Trading - Business Names: Information about the new national business name register and contacts you will find useful.
  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC): How to register your business name and support for business names.
  • 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.
  • .au Domain Administration Ltd: Information about 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 have either an ACN or ABN.

Domain name registration

  • .au Domain Administration Ltd: This website provides a list of registrars who are authorised to provide services to people who want to register a domain name or renew / make changes to their existing domain name. Specific services and fee schedules may vary from registrar to registrar.

Intellectual property and trademarks

Your obligations - ABN and tax

  • Australian Taxation Office (ATO): For all matters related to your business taxation, including applying for a Tax File Number (TFN), lodging a Business Activity Statement (BAS), updating your business details and obtaining taxation forms.
  • Not everyone is entitled to an Australian Business Number (ABN), however, the websites below provide you with information about whether you qualify, and if so, you can also apply for an ABN:
  • business.gov.au: Check if your business needs to register for the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This website also provides information about GST concessions for small businesses, GST credits, GST turnover and tax invoices.

Business advice, networking and financial assistance

  • Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre: The aim of this organisation is to help businesses become more sustainable, to generate more employment opportunities and to assist young people with their career and educational journey. The organisation has a team of business adviser and specialist partners who provide general business advice and support to owners at all stages of the business lifecycle.
  • Regional Development Australia - Far South Coast: Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of committees consisting of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the development of their regions. RDA Far South Coast develops partnerships with all levels of government and communities to enhance the growth and development of the south coast to build a connected, innovative and sustainable region.
  • NSW Department of Treasury - Business in NSW: Find out more about living, working and doing business in New South Wales. You can also find information about the support services available to businesses.

More support

Business training

Need business advice?

For free, confidential business advice, you can contact the Business Advisory Service, Manager Illawarra ITeC, South Coast on:

You can also chat to a business adviser or expert online or over the phone at:

We can help you

Contact us for more information about available resources and starting a business in Eurobodalla.

Sarah Cooper, Business Development Manager: