There’s a surprising amount of help and support out there for those of us who are creative and self-employed. Scroll down to find government and small business support, as well as representative creative organisations and website. Find your cheerleaders and make your creative business life easier!
Australian Government Support
NSW Business Connect – www.industry.nsw.gov.au/businessconnect
Business Connect (formerly Small Biz Connect) is a quality, personalised business advisory service, funded by the NSW Government, that supports small-to-medium businesses start or grow their business successfully.
BUSINESS.gov.au – www.business.gov.au
business.gov.au offers simple and convenient access to all the government information, forms and services needed for businesses big and small. It’s a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business. Telephone number: 13 28 46.
BEC Australia – www.becaustralia.org.au
A not-for-profit organisation whose primary role is to support and grow the national network of Business Enterprise Centres and provide representation on behalf of its members. They have offices and representatives in each state.
NSW Small Business Commissioner – www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au
Business Victoria – www.business.vic.gov.au
Business Queensland – www.business.qld.gov.au
ACT Innovate Canberra – www.business.act.gov.au
SA Department of State Development – www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au
NT Business and Industry – nt.gov.au/industry
WA Small Business Development Corporation – www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au
GoGov Australia – www.gogov.com.au
GoGov was developed to make finding government information as seamless as possible when searching across state, territory and federal governments. Bloody brilliant idea!
Australian Business Help
Australian Business Register – abr.gov.au
The place to go for your ABN – a unique number that allows a business to identify itself to government and other businesses.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission – www.asic.gov.au
ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator. Visit ASIC Connect for business and company name registration and information.
Australian Business Licence and Information Service – ablis.business.gov.au
ABLIS search 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.
New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) – employment.gov.au/new-enterprise-incentive-scheme-neis
Job seekers interested in starting and running a small business may be able to get practical small business training, business mentoring and financial assistance from the Australian Government.
Home Based Business – www.business.gov.au/home-based-business
Nearly one million people†are running a business†from home. If you’re thinking of doing the same, or already stared, check here for information about government requirements that apply to you.
Creative Business Support
Creative Partnerships Australia (formerly ABAF) – www.creativepartnershipsaustralia.org.au
Creative Partnerships Australia is the amalgamation of the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and Artsupport Australia. It’s a ‘one-stop-shop’ to promote, encourage and facilitate business, philanthropic and donor support for the arts.
Creative Enterprise Australia – creativeenterprise.com.au
QUT Creative Enterprise Australia helps to develop, grow and establish creative businesses and are proud to be Australia’s only dedicated creative industries incubator.
Flying Solo – www.flyingsolo.com.au
Home to a thriving community of over 55,000 solo and micro businesses, Flying Solo is a source of information, advice and inspiration for Australian business owners.
The Loop – www.theloop.com.au
Australia’s largest community of creative professionals.Promote yourself with a portfolio and personal URL, search for jobs, and literally stay in the loop with other people & companies that interest you.
Creative Spaces – www.creativespaces.net.au
Creative Spaces offers you an easy way of finding a studio, office, co-working space or more in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with more spaces and cities to come.
The Writer’s Guide to Making a Digital Living – www.australiacouncil.gov.au/writersguide
The Writer’s Guide explores the craft and business of writing in the digital era, and includes case studies, audio and video content from seminars and workshops, as well as extensive references to resources in Australia and beyond.
Australian Design Unit – www.australiandesignunit.com
Part magazine, part bulletin, part business resource, ADU is a publication and archive about design and creativity that features awesome resources and a truly fabulous tool kit.
Creative Business – www.creativebusiness.com
A website, newsletter and resource service devoted to the business side of creative services–graphic design, interactive, advertising, editorial, and marketing.
The Business of Being Creative – www.thebusinessofbeingcreative.com
Everyone should be creative. Whatever your art is, it should invigorate you and bring you joy. And if it happens to be your business, it should bring you the money you need to keep being creative. This website provides practical business advice to those in the business of being creative.
Right Brain Business Plans – www.rightbrainbusinessplan.com
A fun website that shows creatives how to make a fun, creative “visual map for success”.
Our Community – www.ourcommunity.com.au
Our Community is Australia’s Centre for Excellence for the nation’s 600,000 not-for-profits & schools, providing advice, tools, resources and training.
Not-for-Profit Law – www.nfplaw.org.au
Not-for-profit Law ‘helps the helpers’ by providing tailored legal information, advice and training to not-for-profit community organisations.
Creative Professional Organisations (A – Z)
We’ve tried to collect the most comprehensive list of Australian and international peak bodies, unions and support organisations for creative practitioners that we could. If you know of one that isn’t here, please let us know!
Advertising Institute of Australasia (AIA) – www.advertisinginstitute.org.au
AIA is the peak body devoted to the recognition and advancement of individual advertising professionals in Australia.
APRA-AMCOSS – apraamcos.com.au
APRA-AMCOSS help music creators get paid for their work and give music users easy ways to legally play and copy what they like.
Arts Access Australia (AAA) – www.artsaccessaustralia.org
AAA is the peak national body for arts and disability, and they work to increase opportunities and access for people with disability as artists, arts-workers, participants and audiences.
AusDance – ausdance.org.au
AusDance is the peak body supporting and representing the Australian dance profession.
Australia Council for the Arts (OzC0) – www.australiacouncil.gov.au
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.
Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) – awardonline.com
AWARD is open to anyone with an interest in the creative side of the advertising business.
Australian Cartoonists Association (ACA) – cartoonists.org.au
The ACA keeps artists connected with other cartoonists and with what’s going on in the cartoon industry at large.
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) – www.cinematographer.org.au
The ACS is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a forum for cinematographers to further develop their skills through mutual co-operation.
Australian Costumers Guild (ACG) – www.acg.org.au
The ACG is a non-profit organisation whose aims are to encourage development of skills and sharing of knowledge in subjects relating to costume design, construction and care.
Australian Design Alliance (ADA) – australiandesignalliance.com
The ADA is an alliance of key professional member based associations representing designers.
Australian Directors Guild (ADG) – www.adg.org.au
The ADG is a registered industry association representing the interests of film, television and digital media directors, documentary makers and animators.
Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) – www.agda.com.au
AGDA is the peak national organisation representing the Australian communication design industry
Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) – www.agsc.org.au
The AGSC promotes excellence in screen composition through industry events, government lobbying and direct membership advice.
Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) – www.architecture.com.au
AIA is the peak body devoted to the recognition and advancement of individual advertising professionals in Australia.
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)– www.aila.org.au
AILA champions quality design for public open spaces, stronger communities and greater environmental stewardship.
Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) – aipp.com.au
The AIPP (now including Australian Commercial and Media Photographers ) advocates for excellence in imaging and is the membership organisation of choice for professional and aspiring image makers.
Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA) – www.aimia.com.au
AIMIA is Australia’s peak body for the digital media industry, and delivers initiatives and services to help digital businesses grow.
Australian Music Centre (AMC) – www.australianmusiccentre.com.au
The AMC is the national service organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of both the artform of music and the creators and performers of contemporary classical, improvised jazz, experimental music and sound art in Australia.
Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA) – www.apaca.com.au
APACA is the national peak body representing and supporting performing arts presenters from the iconic Sydney Opera House to remote regional centres.
Australian Production Design Guild (APDG) – www.apdg.org.au
APDG is a non profit organisation committed to raising the profile of stage and screen design.
Australian Publishers Association (APA) – www.publishers.asn.au
APA is the peak national body responsible for representing the Australian publishing industry.
Australian Screen Editors Guild (ASE) – www.screeneditors.com.au
ASE is an organisation dedicated to the pursuit and recognition of excellence in motion picture film and televisual post production.
Australian Screen Sound Guild (ASSG) – assg.org.au
The ASSG represents the profession of screen sound in film, television, multimedia and other related audio industries.
Australian Society of Authors (ASA) – www.asauthors.org
The ASA is the principal advocate for the professional and artistic interests of Australian authors.
Australian Textile Arts and Surface Design Assoc (ATASDA) – www.atasda.org.au
ATASDA a national non-profit organisation that was formed to support and showcase Australian Textile Artists and Surface Designers.
Australian Web industry Association – www.webindustry.org.au
AWIA’s purpose is to keep members up to date with news, events, resources and best practice in the Australian web industry.
Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) – www.awg.com.au
The AWG is the peak industry body representing writers for stage, screen and radio.
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) – www.cbaa.org.au
The CBAA champions community broadcasting by building stations’ capability and by creating a healthy environment for the sector to thrive.
Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) – www.tfia.com.au
The TFIA has been successfully representing Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) industries since the 1940s.
Craft Guilds and Associations – www.craft.org.au
A full list compiled by Craft Victoria.
Design institute of Australia – www.design.org.au
DIA is the organisation through which designers work for the future of the design professions in Australia.
Illustrators Australia – www.illustratorsaustralia.com
IA helps Australian and New Zealand illustrators to promote themselves throughout the industry.
Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) – www.igea.net
IGEA is an independent industry association representing the business and public policy interests of Australian and New Zealand companies in the computer and video game industry.
Live Performance Australia – www.liveperformance.com.au
LPA is the peak body for the Live Performance industry.
Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) – www.alliance.org.au
MEAA was formed in 1992 as the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance from the merger of three organisations: the Australian Journalists Association, Actors Equity of Australia, and the Australian Theatrical & Amusement Employees Association. Members include people working in TV, radio, theatre & film, entertainment venues, recreation grounds, journalists, actors, dancers, sportspeople, cartoonists, photographers, orchestral and opera performers as well as people working in public relations, advertising, book publishing and website production… in fact everyone who works in the industries that inform or entertain.
Music Australia (MEAA) – musicaustralia.org.au
Music Australia exists to strengthen Australia’s musical futures as the leading national advocate for industry, community and education, delivering quality information, services and engagement.
Musicians Union of Australia (MEAA) – www.musicians.asn.au
The MUA protects the interests of Australian musicians, and represents musicians at all levels of government and industry.
National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) – www.visualarts.net.au/
NAVA is the representative and respected voice for Australian visual arts.
National Craft Initiative (NCI) – www.nationalcraftinitiative.com.au
National Craft Initiative supports, builds and advocates for the craft/design sector in Australia.
Playwriting Australia – www.pwa.org.au
Playwriting Australia s the national peak body for playwriting, with a mission to support the development and promotion of great new Australian writing for performance.
Regional Arts Australia (RAA) – regionalarts.com.au
RAA is the key national body representing those working with and for the arts in regional and remote Australia.
Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) – www.spaa.org.au
SPAA unites screen businesses to campaign for a healthy commercial environment.
Theatre Network NSW (TNN) – tnn.org.au
TNN offer resource sharing, networks,advice and advocacy for anyone working in the theatre.
UNIMA Australia (Union Internationale de la Marionnette) – www.unima.org.au
UNIMA Australia is an association that supports and connects puppeteers, puppet makers and all people interested in puppetry arts in Australia and world-wide.
World Craft Councils Australia – wccaustralia.org.au
Australia ACC is the national entity representing Australia in the World Crafts Council.