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The Economic Development Unit provides advice and support to local businesses to help them start and grow their business.

To discuss how we can support your business, or for information on any of the following topics, please call the Economic Development Unit on 9518 3577 or email

We support local businesses in the following ways:

Health Complaints Commissioner

There are new laws for health practitioners such as naturopaths, homeopaths and massage therapists, to protect consumers and practitioners.

Read more: Health Complaints Commissioner - General Providers

Materials Efficiency Grants

The materials efficiency grants program is open to small and medium sized manufacturing businesses.

Find out more: Sustainability Victoria

Industry Links

The Australian Trade Commission – Austrade – is the Australian Government’s trade and investment development agency. Through its global network, it assists Australian companies to succeed in international business, attract productive foreign direct investment into Australia and promote Australia's education sector internationally.

ABS can help you to understand and use statistics to make informed decisions. Along with free statistics, it also provides information and services on a wide range of economic, social and environmental matters.

The Australian Business Register (ABR) is an extensive database that identities information provided by businesses when they register for an Australian business number (ABN).

The ACCC promotes competition and fair trade in the market place to benefit consumers, businesses and the community. It also regulates national infrastructure services. Its primary responsibility is to ensure that individuals and businesses comply with the Commonwealth competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws.

The Australian Taxation Office is the Federal Government's principal revenue collection agency, and is part of the Treasurer's portfolio. Its role is to manage and shape tax, excise and superannuation systems that fund services for Australians.

Business Enterprise Centres throughout Australia are able to offer businesses a range of services and assistance. Whether you are starting up a new business or wanting to improve your existing business, your local BEC office can provide support..

Find government grants and assistance for individuals, businesses and communities.

Business Victoria is a comprehensive online resource designed to help you start, run and grow your business.

As the regulator for Victoria’s consumers, its purpose is to help Victorians be responsible and informed traders and consumers.

It's a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.

An online program designed to help small to medium size businesses become more sustainable and save money.

Administrator of intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights.

If you are an eligible job seeker interested in starting and running a small business, you may be able to access assistance through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

The VSBC is your first port of call for independent guidance on business disputes. They provide quick, effective, neutral and low cost mediation services – so you can get on with the job of running your business. The VSBC often provides free webinars for small business, news and publications containing the latest news, information sheets and brochures, publications and information about upcoming events.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports individual businesses daily through a range of services across workplace relations, health, safety and environment, training and apprenticeships, career development and exporting services. .

Working with the community to deliver outstanding workplace safety, together with quality care and insurance protection to workers and employers.

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Last updated: 24 April 2019