I want to start my own business

If you’re thinking of starting your own business or have a new business idea that you’d like to make a reality, the Australian Government offers a range of initiatives and support to help you get started and grow your business idea.

Help to start your own business

There is a help available to support you through the first stages of starting your business

Starting up your own business is an exciting time, but it can also be daunting and challenging if you don’t get the right support to help you plan and prepare. You can attend Exploring Being my Own Boss workshops or receive New Business Assistance with NEIS. Visit SelfStart to access a variety of resources and support to help you get a great idea off the ground and give you the stepping-stone to be your own boss.

Whether you are thinking about becoming your own boss, starting a small business or being an entrepreneur, these things could help:

What you need to know before your first day as a business owner

There are resources available to help you understand your obligations as a new business owner

Before you get your new business off the ground it helps to know what your obligations are as a new business owner. The Fair Work Ombudsman, Australian Taxation Office and business.gov.au all have tools, guides and resources that are easy and simple to apply to your new business.

.

National Enterprise Incentives scheme logo

.

Mentoring and training to start your business

National Enterprise Incentives scheme logo

Is this for me?

  • I have a new business idea
  • I’m looking for mentoring and training to run a small business
  • I’m 18 years or over

Starting your own business can be scary at first but there is help available. New Business Assistance with NEIS can help by providing accredited small business training and mentoring, income support for up to 39 weeks and mentoring and support. This assistance is delivered by a network of 21 NEIS providers across Australia.

To be eligible for New Business Assistance with NEIS, you will need to be 18 years of age or over, be able to work full-time in your proposed business and not been an undischarged bankrupt.

.

Self Start logo

.

Resources to support you through the early stages of running your own business

Self Start logo

Is this for me?

  • I have a new business idea
  • I want to find out more about starting a business
  • I need help starting a business

If you’ve got a good business idea but aren’t sure how to get it started, the SelfStart online hub can walk you through the steps you need to take. SelfStart guides you through the first stages of starting your own business. SelfStart provides resources and articles that cover things like planning, validating your idea, finding local support, and perfecting your pitch.

.

Fair Work Ombudsman and Sage Work Australia logos

.

Understand your responsibilities as a new business owner

Fair Work Ombudsman and Sage Work Australia logos

The Fair Work Ombudsman can help you understand your rights and obligations under Australian workplace laws. Their website has a range of helpful information, tools and resources that can help you resolve issues you may experience in the workplace.  

It is also important to understand how to implement good workplace health and safety practices as soon as you start your new business. Safe Work Australia has resources to help you understand how to mitigate risks and offer a safe environment for your business

.

Logo for business.gov.au

.

Free tools and resources to help you run a business in Australia

Logo for business.gov.au

The business.gov.au website is your one-stop shop for information, resources and tools to help you plan, start and grow your business. The website also provides access to government support opportunities such as financial assistance, business advice services and events and training to help you with get started in business.

To help you get started, business.gov.au’s interactive Starting a Business Guide walks you step-by-step through the process of starting a business in Australia. The Guide lays out exactly what’s required and highlights what’s optional when getting up and running.

The Starting a Business guide will help you:

  • prepare and plan for business success
  • understand how to apply for key business and tax registrations, including ABNs and business names
  • set up your business operations such as finding suppliers and marketing.

Start smart - check out business.gov.au’s new Starting a Business Guide!

.

Australian Taxation Office logo

.

Tax responsibilities for new businesses

Australian Taxation Office logo

Is this for me?

  • I’m new to running a business
  • I want support to figure out my tax and super

The Business Assistance Program is recommended if you are new to business, have recently registered for an ABN and are registered or intend to register for GST. It covers a range of topics based on your needs, including:

  • knowing your tax requirements based on your business structure
  • registering for GST, your GST obligations and understanding your business activity statements (BAS)
  • employer and superannuation obligations
  • record-keeping requirements
  • using the Australian Taxation Office digital and electronic lodgment services.

Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra

Last modified on Friday 25 May 2018 [7751|85721]

Back to top of page