SelfStart is here to support you through the first stages of starting your own business. From planning, validating your idea, finding local support, through to perfecting your pitch. This site contains information and links to existing resources under 11 topic areas.
Support for Self Employment
If you're starting a business, find out what support is available and connect with local services. Here's a range of support and programs the Australian Government offers to support your business development.
Australian Small Businesses and Family Enterprises Ombudsman
ASBFEO's mission is to help ensure Australia is the best place to start, grow and transform a small business and family enterprise. We celebrate the vital and deeply personal contribution made by the more than 2.3 million small and family businesses to Australia’s prosperity, wellbeing, and community. ASBFEO provides advice and research to improve policies, access to dispute resolution services and mental health support should the need arise.
Guide to Starting Business
Setting up your own business is exciting, but can also be challenging if you're not prepared. This guide will take you through each step of starting a business and help you understand what's ahead.
Starting a Business Checklist
When setting up a new business, there's a lot of information you’ll need to consider. Use our Starting a business checklist to help guide you through the important steps for the early stages of business – before you start, when buying a business and when you’re running your new business.
Grants and Projects Finder
If you’re doing business in Australia, this guided search will help you find grants, funding and support programs from across government.
Australian Bureau of Statistics
We are Australia’s national statistical agency and an official source of independent, reliable information. We tell the real story of Australia, its economy and its people by bringing life and meaning to numbers.
We are providing opportunities for small businesses to collaborate and build on their innovation and ideas, to help them grow and improve products and services, and compete in a global market.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources for Businesses
Owning and running a small business can be challenging, particularly during difficult times such as the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters. Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is important to be able to work productively and achieve business and personal goals. Pay attention to any red flags that indicate your mental health, or the health of your employees, needs to be prioritised.
Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland
The Brisbane Chamber of Commerce is committed to building a strong local economy while strengthening, enhancing, and protecting businesses.
Brisbane City Council
Council is committed to supporting Brisbane businesses. We provide resources and opportunities for businesses at any level of growth - from getting the right permits and licences, through to data to help research your new business and our 24/7 business hotline.
Moreton Bay Regional Council
Thinking of starting a new business or need help running an established business? Here are some resources that can assist your business, no matter what stage you are at.
Brisbane Business Hub
Brisbane Business Hub is the place where Brisbane’s business community comes together. From free workshops, events and one-on-one mentoring with industry leaders to comfortable and convenient co-working spaces, it’s the central hub where you can learn new skills, grow your business and connect with like-minded professionals. Drop into the Hub at Level 2, 155 Queen St, Brisbane City.