Start your own business

Starting your own business is exciting, but can also be challenging if you are not prepared. There are many government resources available to help you start your business. It’s important to take the time to understand the steps involved and where to get help if you need it.

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Free online support

The website provides a wide range of information that will help you plan, start and run your business. Content is in the form of tutorials, articles and guides.

You might like to start by looking at:

Use the search tools to help you find a business adviser or mentor, grants and programs you may be eligible for and events in your local area, including training courses, webinars and workshops.


SelfStart is an online hub that provides information about self-employment and the tools to help you start a business.

You can find articles, checklists, tools and inspiring stories on topics such as:

SelfStart also includes information on how to connect with local services that can help you to access resources and support during the first stages of starting a business.

Free franchise education

Are you thinking of buying a franchise? Free franchise education, funded by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), is now available to help you assess franchise business opportunities before buying a franchise business.

Programs and personalised support

Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshops

Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshops give you a taste of what starting a business and self-employment is like.

The workshops can be face-to-face or online and are delivered over several days with a facilitator. They are designed for people who are interested in running a business but who are not yet ready to commence business planning and investment.

The workshops cover 10 core topics including help with a business idea, marketing and business finances. You can check with your local Workshop Provider for more information about how to participate in an Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshop.

New Business Assistance with NEIS

New Business Assistance with NEIS is a program that can help you start your own business. NEIS provides accredited small business training, help to develop a business plan and free business mentoring support during the first year of your new business.

If you are eligible, you may also receive NEIS Allowance for up to 39 weeks and NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks. You can contact your local NEIS provider for more information about the program and eligibility.

Entrepreneurship Facilitators

Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide information, advice and free tailored mentoring assistance to help individuals, community organisations or other groups start and run a business. They can also connect you with other services and government programs in your local area.

Facilitators are in 23 locations across the country. Anyone interested in starting or running their own business in these locations can access help from their local Entrepreneurship Facilitator.