Useful Business Links
A Commonwealth government website with information regarding all aspects of starting and managing a small business. Information includes grants and subsidies available in each state and territory, importing and exporting, insurance, intellectual property and much more.
Business Enterprise Centres (BEC)
Offer starter kits, seminars, workshops, advice, information, referrals, business breakfasts and other functions to build leads and share experiences.
Tel. 1800 188 018.
A range of services to support businesses in South Australia – including information and advice, consulting services and training. Tel. 8300 0103
New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
Assists eligible jobseekers (approved for a Centrelink unemployment benefits payment), who have an idea for a viable new small business, to establish their self-employment venture. For more information call the Hotline on Tel. 13 62 68
Small Business Training Centre (TAFE)
TAFE has courses such as Certificate IV in Business (Small Business Management), designed for owners/managers and those intending to go into business in the near future.
TAFE SA Adelaide City Campus
Tel. 8410 0000
Tel. 8223 1272 or 1800 638 749
Most businesses and professions have a state or national association which may be able to provide advice, support, mentoring and possibly accredited training for people entering their area of occupation. A list of associations can be found in the Yellow Pages under Organisations – Business & Professional.
Australian Taxation Office
Offers Tax Basics Seminars (Tel. 1300 661 104), advisory visits from field officers, assistance for new businesses regarding GST and PAYG requirements. Information dissemination – taxation guides, booklets, fact sheets, community information presentation and seminars. Tel. 13 2866
Return to Work SA
Businesses with employees need to register with Return to Work SA.
Tel. 13 18 55, TTY 8233 2574,
Businesses that have employees must contribute to a superannuation scheme for the employees. Information is available from the Australian Taxation Office Superannuation Helpline, Tel. 13 1020
Local government regulations
Depending upon the type of business you considering establishing, you may need to meet certain Council requirements such as maximum permitted noise and emission levels, food handling standards and residence/land use restrictions. Contact your local council for further details.
Business owners may benefit from consulting business advisors such as accountants, financial planners, lease negotiators and marketing specialists. Look in the Yellow Pages for these businesses.
Information is also available from The Register of Business Consultants
Franchise Council of Australia
Offers practical information, frequently asked questions, a directory of member franchisors and service providers such as consultants, lawyers and accountants, Tel. 1300 669 030
Businesses in need of assistance
For people in small business who are in financial difficulty. Assistance includes financial and business advice or emotional support. Clients may be referred to an accountant or lawyer free of charge for limited consultation. Tel. 1300 302 021
Office of Small Business
Including the Small Business Advocate this office assists small business operators who are experiencing difficulty dealing with state government departments. Investigates complaints and negotiates with relevant state government agencies. Tel. 8303 2519, 1800 188 018