Useful business links

Useful government websites for business information.

Government websites

These websites include information about starting and growing a business, training and networking events, as well as legal requirements. The links will help get you started on your journey. Explore each website in detail to gain the maximum business knowledge.

Business Queensland
As well as Queensland specific information on starting, running, buying and growing a business, this site offers free, step-by-step guides to doing your own online market research. By using different websites, you will gather data tailored to your specific business type and location.

Advance Queensland
Aims to encourage the creation of knowledge-based jobs of the future, drive productivity improvements and help position Queensland as an attractive investment destination with a strong innovation and entrepreneurial culture. Find information on specific programs and funds, grants and tendering for government contracts.

Government Statistician’s Office 
Contains a wide range of demographic, economic and social data relating to Queensland. Regional profiles can be generated and locations compared, for you to target your market.

Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ)
Provides overviews of potential export markets and industries, as well as events to help you connect.
A comprehensive site which includes information on various types of businesses: home-based business, franchise, buying an existing business or starting a new business. Their grant and support finder is based on your business location and industry, and helps you find assistance based on your circumstances. Expertise & advice is also offered, as are events & training.

Australian Business Register 
Register your business and apply for an ABN (Australian Business Number), Tax File Number (TFN) or GST.

ABLIS (Australian Business Licence and Information Service)
The search function will guide you through a series of questions and answers to find the compliance and support information you need to start, run or grow your business eg. government licences, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines.

ASIC (Australian Securities and Investment Commission)
A wide range of resources to help you start your business or company including checking the availability of your business name and registering it.

ATO (Australian Tax Office)
There is a dedicated area for business information. Online selling checklist, when does a hobby become a business?

Get inspired by other peoples business stories (videos and articles). Small business tips and tools with a focus on selling online.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 
This website is used by Australian businesses to improve their decisions and planning. Currently many small businesses use ABS information to decide when to start up or expand their business, locate potential customers and develop targeted marketing campaigns.
Learn more about how to use statistics in your business planning.

Austrade online 
A detailed site for exporters. Includes country and industry guides and a step by step guide to exporting.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Fact sheets on countries and regions, Free Trade Agreements and other trade and investment data to inform your export markets.

Australian Trade and Investment Commission
Guide to export grants, freight and logistics information as well as legal issues.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Australian Border Force)
Delivers trade functions for the Federal Government. Prohibited goods, cost of importing and buying online.

IP (Intellectual Property) Australia
This site provides information about Australian patents. It also provides access to two databases for patents and patent applications filed since January 1979.

Delisted companies
View companies that have been removed from ASX's official list during the last 6 months.