Links to Government business help sites
Federal Government Sites
ABN Lookup is the public view of the Australian Business Register (ABR). It provides access to the publicly available information supplied by businesses when they register for an Australian business number (ABN).
Provides all Australians with seamless access to information about legal assistance and related services in their local area such as Legal Aid, Community Legal Centres, Family Relationship Centres, and Dispute Resolution Services.
The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) is an independent body appointed by the government, and advises the Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research on intellectual property matters and the strategic administration of IP Australia.
Provides information on asbestos in the home and workplace. The Agency provides a national focus on asbestos issues which go beyond workplace safety to encompass environmental and public health issues.
AusIndustry delivers programs to help existing and new Australian businesses innovate, grow and succeed. With people in more than 20 offices across Australia, including 15 regional offices, AusIndustry is a key source of information and referral over a range of business areas.
Provides an online directory of Australian providers and the courses they deliver overseas. It enables international students to find information on Australian higher education courses being offered in their country; and the locations where those courses are delivered.
Provides centralised publication of Australian Government business opportunities, annual procurement plans, multi-use lists and contracts awarded. You must be a registered user to download tender documents, receive business opportunities and addenda notifications and lodge tenders.
The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) assists Australian businesses to expand their business outside Australia with information about export markets, grants and assistance and promotes and supports productive foreign investment and international education in Australia.
Provides a stepping stone to ongoing employment or further education and training, and a great way to get a head start in the career you want. The website tells you everything you need to know about apprenticeships, and the benefits of combining practical work and training.
Find out which government licences and registrations apply to your business. ABLIS helps you find the government licences, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines you need to know about to meet your compliance responsibilities.
Promotes competition and fair trade in markets to benefit consumers, businesses, and the community and regulates national infrastructure services. They ensure that individuals and businesses comply with Australian competition, fair trading, and consumer protection laws.
Provides an overview of the legislation and amendments, plus guides and fact sheets to explain the ACL in simple language. The ACL applies nationally and in all states and territories, and to all Australian businesses.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is an independent government body that enforces and administers Corporations Law and consumer protection law for investments, life and general insurance, superannuation and banking (except lending) throughout Australia. Their purpose is to reduce fraud and unfair practices in financial markets and financial products so consumers use them confidently and companies and markets perform effectively.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website offers information and assistance on all areas of taxation for the individual, business and tax and superannuation professional. It includes information on tax reform, superannuation, TaxPack, eTax, rebates, excise and has an extensive legal database with legal and policy material to aid interpretation of taxation law.
The Australian Technology Showcase identifies leading examples of Australian technology with potential to penetrate global markets and promotes them to potential customers, marketeers, licensees, investors and joint ventures around the world.
Information to help companies around the world to source goods, services and investment from Australia. There are links to local country sites and information on studying and investing in Australia. Australian industry capability and how Austrade can help with importing Australian products and services to your country.
Beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia.
Improves women’s opportunities to gain their first board appointment. The BoardLinks network forms connections between the Australian Government and women seeking board positions.
Business Club Australia (BCA) is the Australian Government’s official business networking program around major international sporting events. BCA leverages the excitement and international media attention around such events to showcase Australia as a preferred trade and investment destination.
The Business Consultation website gives you more opportunities to be consulted about government policies and regulations that may affect you or your business. It allows you to register to receive notifications of new public consultations that are posted by government agencies.
Gives you access to government business information and services. Includes planning, starting, running a business along with services such as ABN Look up, and GovForms for finding and managing government forms.
The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has split to become the Department of Education and the Department of Employment.
The Department of Employment is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.
The Energy Rating label enables consumers to compare the energy efficiency of domestic appliances on a fair and equitable basis. It also provides incentive for manufacturers to improve the energy performance of appliances. Provides a guide to choosing energy efficient appliances and products in all sectors (residential, commercial and industrial).
Enterprise Connect provides comprehensive support to Australian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to help them become more innovative, efficient and competitive. Through Manufacturing Centres and Innovation Centres, a national network of services and support is provided for eligible SMEs to access expert, practical advice and support tailored to their individual firms.
Helps mature-age people participate in the workforce. Includes access to free career advice and information on programs and services for employers interested in employing more mature age Australians.
The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC), Australia’s Export Credit Agency, assists Australian exporters and investors by providing internationally competitive finance and insurance facilities to support their overseas contracts and investments.
The role of the Fair Work Building & Construction, previously known as the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC), is to regulate workplace relations laws in the building and construction industry through education, advice and compliance activities.
As the national workplace relations tribunal, it is an independent body with power to carry out a range of functions relating to minimum wages and employment conditions, enterprise bargaining, industrial action, dispute resolution, termination of employment and other workplace matters.
The Fair Work Ombudsman site is your gateway to information and advice about Australia’s workplace rights and rules, whether you’re an employee, employer or contractor.
You’ll find information on pay, awards, employment, leave, termination and complaints, including answers to frequently asked questions.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) publication website for notices on insolvency and other matters. It provides a single point for searching almost all notices on external administration and company deregistration, formerly advertised in the print media.
IP Australia is the government agency responsible for the registration of patents, trade marks and designs. This site contains information about how to protect and gain maximum benefit from your intellectual property. The IP Australia website provides online services and search facilities, as well as a substantial list of resources and links.
Provides comprehensive data on industry employment trends and industry prospects in Australia. Also provides information and links on the Australian labour market, vacancy reports and regional employment.
Free, simple guidance you can trust to help you make the best choices for your money.
Put together by an experienced team of financial planners and consumer educators, the website covers superannuation, banking, investing, borrowing and credit, insurance, budgeting, scams, retirement income planning and unclaimed money. Includes links to calculators and tools to help you with your personal finances.
Information on laws that have been put in place to help harmonise occupational health and safety across Australia.
Aims to promote and improve occupational health and safety in the Australian building and construction industry, by providing administrative support to the functions of the Federal Safety Commissioner.
Safe Work Australia is an independent statutory agency with primary responsibility to improve occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia.
The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) is a statutory body with regulatory functions relating to workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety (OHS)
Provides information to consumers and small business about how to recognise, avoid and report scams. If you lose money to a scam, it is unlikely that you will be able to recover your loss; prevention is definitely a better option.
Designed to help home users and small businesses to stay smart online with simple advice on how to secure computers, transact and interact safely online. Provides access to a range of information and resources including helpful top tips, fun quizzes, and guides.