State and territory support for your business

Dec 17 2020 | PayPal editorial staff | 3 min read

Every state and territory has its own government hub offering tips, tools and tactics to support SMB success.
It’s well worth checking out the following sites for regular updates on general advice and assistance in your region. There are also some pretty cool specialist services available. To help you find them, we’re sharing our top picks.
 

Australian Capital Territory: Support at every stage

Innovate Canberra supports the ACT business community with a comprehensive range of programs. Depending on where you are in the business cycle, they have targeted information, advice and assistance to help your business start, prosper and grow.
 

New South Wales: Connect with experts

The NSW government has plenty of different programs in place designed to unlock opportunities for small businesses, including one that offers personalised support. Its Business Connect program puts you in touch with an experienced business advisor in your area who can help you plan the next phase of your business development. There are a wide range of specialists available, for example, digital specialists who can help you make the most of your digital marketing and online sales, and procurement specialists who can help you win NSW Government contracts.
 

Northern Territory: Find your champion

NT.gov.au is a good source of general news, services and practical workshops for SMBs – all smartly rolled out through a network of small business champions located across the Territory. Small business champions help you identify the types of support your business can access and help you out with networking, contacts, information, tools and resources through the start.run.grow program.
 

Queensland: Be inspired by your peers

Business Queensland also has a swag of practical resources to help small business thrive, including peer-to-peer mentoring programs and networking events. Their Mentoring for Growth program gives you access to volunteer business experts who provide insights, options and suggestions relating to challenges and opportunities you experience in your business.
 

South Australia: Deal with disputes

The South Australian Small Business Commissioner has put together a suite of services for SMBs, including regular events on everything from creating safe workplaces to negotiating commercial leases. A key focus is to provide comprehensive dispute resolution services for SMBs who find themselves at loggerheads with others.
 

Tasmania: Develop your digital strategy

Among the Tasmanian Government’s range of tools and services for SMBs is a Digital Ready program providing digital coaches, events and resources, as well as a series of handy cheat sheets on everything from savvy social selling to successful content strategy. Have a specific query? Head to Doctor Digital’s blog, which regularly updates with FAQs on online business.
 

Victoria: Expand into Asia

Business Victoria has great advice for businesses at all stages, including those with cross-border ambitions. Victorian SMBS looking to boost business activity by expanding into Asia may be eligible for up to $50,000 in funding through Business Victoria’s Asia Gateway Voucher Stream.
 

Western Australia: Workshops, templates and tools

Western Australia’s Small Business Development Corporation specialises in free information on a huge range of topics from tax to legal advice. Their website has a specific section with handy templates and tools. Its SMB-tailored workshops on topics like digital marketing, website planning and business financials also deserve a special mention.
 

And don’t forget federal resources

The Australian federal government also provides resources and help for SMBs. Check out our rundown of 8 great government resources for SMBs.

 
The contents of this site are provided for informational purposes only. The information in this article does not constitute legal, financial, IT, business or investment advice of any kind and is not a substitute for any professional advice. You should always obtain independent, professional accounting, financial, IT and legal advice before making any business decision.
The contents of this site are provided for informational purposes only. The information in this article does not constitute legal, financial, IT, business or investment advice of any kind and is not a substitute for any professional advice. You should always obtain independent, professional accounting, financial, IT and legal advice before making any business decision.