There’s a surprising amount of support out there for those of us who are creative and self-employed. There is an array of government information and small business support, as well as professional organisations dedicated to making our creative lives a little easier.
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.
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.
Small Business – NSW Government – www.smallbiz.nsw.gov.au
Business Victoria – Government – www.business.vic.gov.au
Business Queensland – Government – www.business.qld.gov.au
Business Development – ACT Government – www.business.act.gov.au
Small Business – SA Government – www.dmitre.sa.gov.au/small_business
Department of Business – NT Government – www.dob.nt.gov.au
Small Business Development Corporation – WA Government – www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au
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. More information about registering companies and businesses is available here. ASIC Connect connectonline.asic.gov.au is for Business and Company Name registrations
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.
Creative Innovation – www.creativeinnovation.net.au
The creativeinnovation.net.au website is dedicated to growing the potential of Australia’s creative enterprises, big and small. The website is an initiative of the Creative Industries Innovation Centre, which is part of the Australian Government’s Enterprise Connect program, and hosted by the University of Technology, Sydney
Creative Partnerships Australia (formerly ABAF)
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.
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.
Home Based Business – www.business.gov.au/business-topics/business-structures-and-types/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.
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.
Small Business Support Line – 1800 777 275
This Support Line provides 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.
APRA AMCOSS – www.apra-amcos.com.au
AusDance – http://ausdance.org.au
Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association – awardonline.com
Australian Cartoonists Association – cartoonists.org.au
Australian Cinematographers Society – www.cinematographer.org.au
Australian Commercial and Media Photographers (ACMP) – acmp.com.au
Australian Costumers Guild – www.australiancostumersguild.org.au
Australian Directors Guild – www.adg.org.au
Australian Graphic Design Association – www.agda.com.au
Australian Guild of Screen Composers – facebook page link
Australian Institute of Architects – www.architecture.com.au
Australian Institute of Professional Photographers – www.aipp.com.au
Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA) – www.aimia.com.au
Australian Production Design Guild – www.apdg.org.au
Australian Screen Editors Guild – www.screeneditors.com.au
Australian Screen Sound Guild – www.assg.org.au
Australian Society of Authors – asauthors.org
Australian Textile Arts and Surface Design Assoc – www.atasda.org.au
Australian Web industry Association – www.webindustry.asn.au
Australian Writers’ Guild – www.awg.com.au
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia – www.cbaa.org.au
Design institute of Australia – www.dia.org.au
Illustrators Australia – www.illustratorsaustralia.com
Interior Designers Australia – www.interiordesignersaustralia.com.au
Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance – www.alliance.org.au
Musicians Union of Australia – www.musicians.asn.au
National Association for the Visual Arts – www.artistcareer.com.au
Screen Producers Association of Australia – www.spaa.org.au
UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette) – www.unima.org.au