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Starting a Business


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Steps to Starting a Business

View our step-by-step guide on what is required to start a business.

Home-Based Business

Are you planning to run a business from home? Read more on Home Occupation here. 

Food Businesses

Are you planning to start a new food business or purchase an existing one? Read more here

Changing the use of your building

Are you starting a different type of business in an existing building? There are rules and regulations that set out how land and buildings can be used. You may require a planning permit to change the use. For example, changing a bookstore into a café. Read more here

Useful Links

  • Business Victoria is a  comprehensive online resource designed to help you start, run and grow your business.
  • Federal Government Support Essential business topics to help you start, run and grow your business.
  • Access to State and Federal government grants.
  • Find an experienced mentor to help your business succeed.
  • Australian Business Licence and Information Service helps find the government licences, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines you need to know about to meet your compliance responsibilities.
  • Australian Taxation Office administers legislation for taxes and excise (other than customs duty) and works with other government departments on policy matters relating to taxation and excise.
  • Consumer Affairs Victoria manages the rights and responsibilities of consumers and traders, registers or licences businesses, develops codes of practice for industry, resolves disputes with traders or consumers, and prosecutes a trader where there is evidence of a breach of the law.