There are many ways you can find and get help for your business. Our suggestions below are simply to get you started.

Find a business adviser

Our Advisory Service can help you find a low-cost business adviser or expert in your area. They’ll be able to help you with things like:

  • growing your business
  • sourcing funding
  • getting expert business advice

You can also contact your local Business Enterprise Centre to help you find a business mentor near you.

Network with your peers through events and workshops

You may find it useful to attend networking events and workshops to help expand your business. By engaging in networks, you can:

  • keep up to date on industry and local information
  • promote your business
  • learn key skills from other businesses

The business workshops and seminars cover topics such as:

  • planning for your business
  • record keeping and budgeting
  • understanding design and your intellectual property (IP)

Finding grants and support

While the government generally doesn’t offer funding to start a business, there may be other forms of assistance available to help you.

Try searching for activities that suit your business, such as research and development, trade, innovation or employment.

Grants and assistance if you want to export

If you’re selling or promoting your products overseas, financial assistance packages are available. These include the Tradex Scheme, refund for marketing expenses, or event support for women at an international level.

There is also financial support for exporters in your state or territory.

Find out more about exporting and your business.

Grants and assistance if you want to import

You can also find whether concessions are available for goods that you import.

These may allow you to import goods for free, at a reduced rate or on a deferred duty payment.

Find out more about these concession schemes on our importing and your business page.

Want more?

Use our Starting a business guide to help you get your business started.