Support for Small Business

The department proudly supports a wide range of initiatives and detailed information on current government policy, programs and projects in relation to small business.

For a complete list of agency websites that fall within the portfolio, visit the website directory list page. is an easy to use portal website where you can find helpful information and practical tools to help you start, run or grow your small business.

Guides and reports

Legal Help Guide for Small Business

Are you having trouble with your landlord about the renewal of your lease? Or wondering where you stand on dismissing an employee who is not pulling their weight? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your first move should be to a free internet-based guide that has been specifically developed to help small business operators and their advisers on legal issues

The Legal Help Guide, available from The Treasury department, may be able to help. You will find information about legal issues affecting small business, sources of assistance and preventative measures.

Retail Tenancy

On 19 June 2007, the former Treasurer announced the Productivity Commission Inquiry: The Market for Retail Tenancy Leases in Australia. The Inquiry stemmed from issues arising from differences in retail tenancy laws between the states, in addition to concerns of small business that elements of the market for retail leases are being distorted, leading to exploitation of tenants.

The final Productivity Commission report was released On 27 August 2008.

Check the Productivity Commission website for further information on the Productivity Commission Inquiry: The Market for Retail Tenancy Leases in Australia.

Learn more about retail tenancy.

Small Business Dispute Resolution Research

A summary report of a survey investigating business-to-business dispute resolution issues for small business.

Single Business Service

The Single Business Service provides businesses – including small business owners – with a first point of contact to access information and referral services to improve their business sustainability and help better manage their business.

You can access the Single Business Service by email, web chat or phone.

Phone: 13 28 46 (within Australia only)
Chat: Login to chat

More ways to get your business connected


Services and initiatives

National Business Names Registration Service

The Australian Government is providing $125.2 million over four years from 2010-11 for the Australian Business Number Business Names Registration Project.

Australian Small Business Advisory Service

The objective of the Small Business Advisory Services program is to maximise the innovation, sustainability, productivity and/or growth potential of the participating small businesses through access to low cost business advisory services.

This program aims to achieve these objectives by improving the business and/or financial management skills of participating small businesses.

Small businesses can access a range of advisory services, such as but not limited to:

  • business management skills
  • financial management skills
  • business planning
  • mentoring for business
  • government regulation.  

Small business newsroom

The Tax Office’s Small business newsroom takes the guesswork out of keeping up to date with tax and super. The newsroom tells you what you need to know when you need to know it, with short, easy to read articles on:

  • tax and super changes
  • helpful products and services
  • handy tips and reminders.

Newsroom subscribers won’t miss anything important – they get an email update with the latest headlines every few weeks. To make sure you don’t miss out, the ATO is signing small businesses up to receive this useful service.

Subscribe to the newsroom.

Small Business Superannuation Clearing House

The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House is a program designed to reduce red tape and compliance costs for small businesses.


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