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Taking the first step

Starting out a business can be one of the most exciting and nerve racking times in a person’s life. There is a lot of information out there and it’s quite common for prospective businesses to not know where to begin.

Small Business Advice

Small Business Victoria A whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and running your business. We provide a free monthly small business advisory service to assist you in taking the first steps towards starting your own business. Sessions are delivered by an experienced business advisor from the Box Hill Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) and […]

Business Victoria Portal

Business Victoria is also a great place to start can assist in providing a range of resources, information and guidance on starting and managing your business. Business Victoria offers simple and convenient access to all the government information, transactions and services you need. It’s a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and running […]

Council Regulations and Requirements

There are several Council areas that you may need to contact with when starting your business, to ensure that your business is compliant with local regulations.

Business Emergencies – Be Prepared

Can Your Business Afford an Emergency? Emergencies can affect anyone including your business. Emergencies can lead to injury, loss of income or even the loss of life. So it is best to be prepared. You should have a business emergency plan so you know what to do. It can be simple, but it needs to […]

Development Planning Unit

Development Approvals Before you start a new business, construct a new building, change the way land or buildings are used or add signage you may need to apply for a planning permit. To determine the relevant requirements for your business, it is highly recommended that you speak to a staff member in Council’s planning area. […]

Working from Home

Planning controls exist to make operating a business from home easier, however some restriction do apply. Please contact our Planning Unit on 9457 9808, or visit the Planning Counter at the Rosanna Service Center to discuss current requirements.

Building Unit

The Building Unit issues Building Permits and provides advice regarding fire, safety and structural standards as well as essential maintenance requirements when building, demolishing or renovating your business/place of work.

Health Services Unit

The Health Services team aims to promote and maintain high standards of public health and wellbeing. Our Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) conduct a range of activities with businesses within the municipality. For food businesses our officers support them in meeting their legislative requirements and minimise the risk of food safety risks, through services including regular […]

Local Laws Unit

Municipal Laws is responsible for enforcing a wide range of Local Laws and Legislation which includes State Acts and Regulations. They are happy to provide advice and information to assist businesses with obtaining permits for outdoor street furniture, product displays and A-frame footpath signage.

Community Development Unit

MetroAccess Community Building Initiative is a partnership between the Victorian Department of Human Services and Local Government. The aim of MetroAccess is to build the capacity of local communities across metropolitan Victoria so that they are more welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities. Council’s Metro Access Officer can offer advice and ideas about how to […]

Strategic Planning Unit

The Strategic Planning Unit initiates and facilitates strategic place-based planning by working proactively and creatively to achieve integrated social, economic and environmental outcomes for the community. This includes the development and implementation of structure plans. Structure plans provide a planning and development framework and long term vision for commercial centres. Structure plans have been adopted for […]

Co-working

Co-working

Banyule is proud to support Banyule digiDECL, a progressive and affordable co-working office space located in Heidelberg West. The co-working space is managed by Melbourne Innovation Centre and is ideal for start-up businesses, freelancers, micro-businesses and other professionals who would otherwise work from home. What is co-working? To ‘co-work’ means to work independently in a […]

Regional Development

North Link North Link is a business network and regional economic development advocacy group representing Melbourne’s northern region comprising the cities of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Whittlesea and Yarra.

Small Business Commissioner

First point for independent guidance on business disputes for businesses located in Victoria. The Victorian Small Business Commissioner provides quick, effective, neutral and low cost mediation services.

Taxation

Australian Taxation Office All the latest Australian Business Taxation information in one place.

Environment, Sustainability and Pollution

Grow me the Money www.growmethemoney.com.au An initiative to help small businesses become more sustainable and save money through a 12 step program. Sustainability Victoria www.sustainability.vic.gov.au Facilitate and promote environmental sustainability in the use of resources. The website includes a dedicated business section with resources, practical tips and links to funding opportunities. Environment Protection Authority www.epa.vic.gov.au […]

Funding and Grants

 Grants Victoria http://www.vic.gov.au/grants.html The Victorian Government Grants directory enables you to search for government grants and assistance within the state of Victoria. Grant Finder http://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-assistance/grant-finder/Pages/default.aspx A tool to help you locate grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business.  

Business Support Groups

Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry www.vecci.org.au The peak body for business in Victoria, informing and servicing more than 15,000 members, customers and clients around the state through the provision of leadership, information, representation and networking opportunities. Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) www.aigroup.asn.au The peak industry association for industries including, manufacturing, engineering, construction, automotive, […]

Business Licences, Intellectual Property and Fair Trading

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) http://www.asic.gov.au/business-names For business name registration, updates and renewal. IP Australia www.ipaustralia.gov.au The Australian Government Agency that administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relation to patents, trademarks and designs. Consumer Affairs Victoria www.consumer.vic.gov.au Victoria’s consumer affairs regulator, helping create a fair market place for businesses and consumers. Through the […]