Business programs and projects from local, state and federal government agencies and from local not-for profit business groups are available to support new businesses and foster business development.
Businesses of all sizes can find information, services and links to government programmes using www.business.gov.au. It is a whole of government service providing essential information on planning, starting, funding and growing your business. This online resource acts as a one stop portal to access government information, grants, forms and services.
The Business Queensland portal provides business and industry with a single point of access to Queensland government information and regulatory series and provide information on:
- starting and running a business in Queensland
- Queensland’s many industry sectors
- Investing in Queensland
Business Support Programs and Projects:
Whether you are starting or looking to grow, your business plan will explain all the important aspects of your business. It maps your current situation, identifies your goals, and describes what actions to take to move your business forward. Valuable information on various planning processes and template can be found via the following websites:
Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS), is a free online service that will help business find the right local, Queensland and Australian government licences, permits, registrations, approvals and codes of practice you need to operate a business.
Workplace Health & Safety Small Business Program
The Small Business Workplace Health & Safety Program provides free and easy to use services to help manage health and safety in Queensland businesses.
The Program offers Safety workshops; workplace consultations; presentation and information sessions; group session and workplace safety guidance. There is no cost.
This program is suited to Queensland small businesses that have limited or no safety systems in place.
Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland
The Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland is Queensland’s peak association for employers in any industry. It is a not for profit organisation run by business owners. Members pay a fee to join to access services. Their website has a wide range of advice and information relating to managing and running a business.
Employer Assistance Hotline
Through their Employer Assistance Hotline, CCIQ helps members manage staff entitlements, performance management issues, termination, redundancies and other employment related matters. Hotline number is 1300 135 822.
EcoBiz is a free program that helps businesses save money by reducing energy, waste and water consumption and introducing sustainable strategies
into their business. The program includes one-on-one coaching, site survey, tools to benchmark, workshops and webinars. Members will gain access
to free tools to monitor how much energy, water and waste your business uses.
R&D Tax Incentive
The R&D Tax Incentive provides a tax offset for the cost of some companies to undertake eligible research and development (R&D) activities by reducing a company's income tax liability. Tax offsets of 43.5% or 38.5% are available for costs incurred on eligible activities depending on a company’s annual aggregated turnover. The 43.5% benefit is a refundable offset. Further details are on the R&D Tax Incentive website.
Webinars are an ideal way for you to improve your business skills without leaving your desk. The Queensland Government has recordings of webinars covering a range of essential business topics, including Business Basics, Social media, and Marketing.
Pre-recorded Business webinars are available at Business Queensand Webinars.