Useful Resources

Please note: The resources and links on this page have been sourced from publicly available information and they are provided to simply save you time. No guarantee as the the accuracy of the information or the bona fides of any of the organisations listed is given or implied — nor are any recommendations made.


Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Funding and incentives for business.

Austrade - Help for exporters

Australian Business Number (ABN)

Australian Business Register (ABR public)
Use the ABR public to apply for an ABN and register for GST. You can also register online for PAYG withholding and a business Tax File Number.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

Australian Disputes Centre
Appointment of dispute resolvers

Australian Company Numbers (ACN)

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Australian Direct Marketing Association

Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC)

Australian Tax Office (ATO) main website.

Australian Tax Office Business Portal
The Business Portal your entry point to the Tax Office's online services for business.

Australian Tax Office Booklets & Publications
Order publications about dealing with the Tax Office.


Bad debt prevention (credit checking services)

Bar Associations (legal)
Looking for a barrister

Business Activity Statement (BAS)
Australian Tax Office

Benchmarking Guides enable you to compare your performance and analyse the KPIs of your industry.

Business Entry Point
An online government resource providing business with a wide range of services and information about start-up, taxation, licensing and legislation, taxation compliance and licence applications.

Business Licence Information Service
The Business Licence Information Service (BLIS) can help you find state, local and federal government licences, permits, registrations and codes of practice.

Business names, registering


Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Company name, registering

Contractors vs employees

Credit check your rating


Department of Tourism Australia

Domain names, register


Export Finance and Insurance Corporation

Export help - Austrade


Franchising Information

Franchising Code of Conduct

Franchising Council of Australia

Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT)
A guide for employers


Goods & Services Tax (GST)
A guide for small business

Government & business directory
Use the site to find contact details and links to Australian government and business organisations.


Home based businesses
Governement guide to starting a home-based business

Home Businesses and taxation
What you can claim


IP Australia
Intellectual Property, Trade marks


Mind Your Own Business (MYOB)

MYOB Advisors
A list of people who can help with MYOB


Names, business, registering

Names, domain, availability


National Names Index
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has an index of Australian corporate and registered business names. You can search the index when you choose a new business name, or to check details of another business.


Pay As You Go (PAYG)
Quick Guide to PAYG Withholding tax for Business

PAYG and contractors

Public Speaking Skills


Record keeping
A basic paper record keeping system

Record Keeping Evaluation Tool
Find out what records your business should keep

Registering business names

Registering for GST


Self assessment, taxation

Shelf companies

Sole trader
Key aspects of sole traders

A guide to super and your business

Superannuation Guarantee


Tax Basics for Small Business
Visit the ATO site for the latest rules on taxation for small businesses

Tax File Number (TFN)
Apply for a TFN

Tax invoices


Trust structures

Trade marks databases
IP Australia manages a number of databases that you can search for details of trade marks, including words and images, owner details, and goods and services claimed.


Withholding tax - (PAYG)

Women in business networks
There are lots of business women's networks around Australia. Check out this list or Google Women's Business Networks.


ONLY $9.95!

Get your copy of Small Business Street Smarts today! Now available as an ebook for immediate download for just $9.95

"I wish this book had been available when I started out in business".

Dick Smith
Australian entrepreneur