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Advisory and support services

Agencies and organisations that can provide business advice services

Visit covid-19.sa.gov.au or call the South Australian COVID-19 Infoline on 1800 253 787 for the latest information on South Australia's COVID-19 response.

Call our business Information Line on 8429 3801 to speak to a member of the Small Business Team for referral to business advisory and support services.

Call the Office of the SA Small Business Commissioner on 1800 072 722 for the facilitation of alternative dispute resolution processes between small businesses, and between small business and State and Local government, including the provision of a low-cost mediation service. The Office of the SA Small Business Commissioner also oversee the lodgement and refund of retail and commercial bonds.

Call the Industry Advocate South Australia on 8226 8956 to learn how your business can participate in government contracts.

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Business advisory services

If you’re considering seeking business advice, a range of national, South Australian and local government services are available to help. They can help you or direct you to the best source for help, with issues ranging from registering your new business name to identifying the best exit strategy when you’re ready for your next challenge. Please note that some services may incur a low-cost fee - you should check with the Provider before engaging their services.

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Please note, information for Adelaide Metropolitan applies to both the local area and the state as a whole, as many head offices are based in the Adelaide CBD.

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Department for Trade and Investment (DTI)

The South Australian government agency responsible for driving business investment in the state across all industries, and for facilitating trade in all goods and services both interstate and internationally.

Healthy Workplaces SA

Developed by a Collaborative Partnership of expert representatives from government and non-government organisations to provide a central source of information, tools and resources to help South Australian businesses create healthy, safe and thriving workplaces.

ReturntoWorkSA

ReturntoWorkSA is responsible for providing work injury insurance and regulating the South Australian Return to Work scheme. They provide insurance that protects South Australian businesses and their workers in the event of a work injury.

Office of the Industry Advocate (OIA)

The South Australian Government is committed to increasing procurement opportunities and building the capacity and capability of Aboriginal businesses to ensure all South Australians have access to the benefits of economic participation.

Industry Capability Network SA (ICNSA)

ICNSA provides a pivotal connection between major projects and South Australia's best suppliers.

Future Industries eXchange for Entrepreneurship (FIXE)

The Office of the Chief Entrepreneur has established a new model in South Australia: FIXE - the Future Industries eXchange for Entrepreneurship. FIXE gives entrepreneurs everything they need to build their capabilities and confidence in one spot. Here you’ll find the skills you need to grow your business from concept through to creation, turning your innovations into commercial outcomes.

Fair Work Commission – Workplace Advice Service

The Fair Work Commission Workplace Advice Service offers free legal advice to small businesses to resolve issues early. Visit the website to learn more about eligibility to access the service.

Fair Work Ombudsman – Employer Advisory Services (EAS)

The Fair Work Employer Advisory Service (EAS) is a free service for small businesses, where you can talk to an adviser in more detail and get free tailored written advice.

Digital Solutions – Australian Small Business Advisory Services program

The Adelaide Business Hub is the South Australian provider for the Digital Solutions – Australian Small Business Advisory Services program and works with small businesses across the state to help them take advantage of digital tools to grow their business

City of Onkaparinga – ON Business Partner Program

The ON Business Partner Program is an initiative of the City of Onkaparinga that aims to support local businesses of all sizes to grow and enjoy the benefits of partnership and collaboration.

City of Marion

The City of Marion provides a range of business support services such as business associations and the Southern Business Mentoring Program, workshops, networking and information, local initiatives such as the visitor and digital economy projects and places for people at key business hubs such as Cove Business Hub and Tonsley Innovation District.

Adelaide City Council

Practical information about Council services and requirements as well as helping you grow your business, business skills and network.

South Australian Government Department for Innovation and Skills - Skills and training support

Connects businesses to the skills and training support they need to help grow their business.

University of South Australia Tax Clinic

Free, independent and confidential advice for South Australian individual and small business taxpayers who are unable to afford their own tax agent.

Southern Business Mentoring Program

The Southern Business Mentoring Program is available to businesses, including start-ups, operating within the Cities of Marion, Onkaparinga, Holdfast Bay and the District Council of Yankalilla.

SafeWork SA

Regulations and requirements relating to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff, customers and clients who access your workplace.

Polaris Business and Innovation Centre

Provides support, guidance and advice for small business owners. Delivers services to businesses, predominantly located across the North and North-East region of Adelaide.

Office of the Small Business Commissioner

Facilitate alternative dispute resolution processes between small businesses, and between small business and State and Local Government.

Office of the Industry Advocate

Advice and support for SA businesses looking to tender for State Government contracts.

Propel SA

Provides support, guidance and advice for small business owners. Delivers services to businesses in the eastern suburbs of Adelaide.

Entrepreneurship Facilitator – Western Adelaide

Providing practical assistance to support and encourage individuals to start a business as a way to create their own job.

Consumer and Business Services

Licences and registrations relating to specific business needs.

Stretton Centre

Provides support, guidance and advice for small business owners. Delivers services to businesses from northern Adelaide. Meeting rooms and co-working spaces for hire.

.au Domain Administration

For businesses wanting to register a domain name or view the rules and policies for registration of domain names.

Adelaide Business Hub

Head-quartered in Port Adelaide, the Adelaide Business Hub delivers fast, affordable, trustworthy consulting services to the small business community. Their clients operate as sole traders, partners and companies.

Revenue SA

Payroll tax and other taxes affecting small business.

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Business Alexandrina – The Business Hub

An initiative of the Alexandrina Council, the Business Alexandrina Program and the Business Hub aims to support and grow local businesses, encourage collaboration, and provide first-class training, co-working, and meeting spaces.

Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

RDA AHFKI support businesses by increasing awareness of government programs, training, funding and other business opportunities to help them run and grow.

Adelaide Hills Business Hub

Jointly funded by the South Australian and Australian Governments to support the economic recovery of the Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker LGA’s. Located at the Adelaide Hills Business Centre at Woodside, the hub is a free service connecting businesses to information, government support services, coaching, mentoring and experts to help your business start, grow or become more competitive. The Business Recovery Officer is based at the Hub Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 5pm or by appointment. Come in and see Amanda Hunt, or book an appointment to discuss services and resources to help you successfully start, run and grow your business.

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Entrepreneurship Facilitator – Barossa – Yorke – Mid North

Provides practical assistance to support and encourage individuals to start a business as a way to create their own job.

Regional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains (RDA BGLAP)

RDA BGLAP delivers a range of services to support businesses to build their performance, thrive and create jobs.

Rural Business Support (RBS)

The Small Business Financial Counselling (SBFC) Program provides practical support to small business owners in rural areas who are concerned about the impact of drought, bushfire and/or COVID-19 on their business.

Regional Work SA

An initiative of the State Government's support package to help boost and fill seasonal and regional workforce vacancies across SA.

Women in Business Regional Network

Aims to encourage networking among businesswomen in regional areas through get-togethers, interaction and access to quality training to aid both business and personal development. Membership is open to all women in business in regional areas – owners, managers or those thinking of starting a business.

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Whyalla - Business Growth Program Partnership

Whyalla City Council has embarked on a joint venture with Business SA and Whyalla Business and Tourism to assist local businesses to thrive and grow in 2021 and beyond. The 12-month Business Growth Program is designed to help many of the small businesses in Whyalla to not only remain viable, but expand, generate additional income, employ more local people and help Whyalla’s economy thrive.

Rural Business Support (RBS)

The Small Business Financial Counselling (SBFC) Program provides practical support to small business owners in rural areas who are concerned about the impact of drought, bushfire and/or COVID-19 on their business.

Regional Work SA

An initiative of the State Government's support package to help boost and fill seasonal and regional workforce vacancies across SA.

Women in Business Regional Network

Aims to encourage networking among businesswomen in regional areas through get-togethers, interaction and access to quality training to aid both business and personal development. Membership is open to all women in business in regional areas – owners, managers or those thinking of starting a business.

Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula (RDAEP)

Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula is the peak body driving the expansion and growth of economic activity across Eyre Peninsula and provides support with business planning and advice at all stages.

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Regional Development Australia Far North (RDAFN)

RDA Far North provides economic development, business and tourism advisory services and access to training and development opportunities to Far North SA.

Rural Business Support (RBS)

The Small Business Financial Counselling (SBFC) Program provides practical support to small business owners in rural areas who are concerned about the impact of drought, bushfire and/or COVID-19 on their business.

Regional Work SA

An initiative of the State Government's support package to help boost and fill seasonal and regional workforce vacancies across SA.

Women in Business Regional Network

Aims to encourage networking among businesswomen in regional areas through get-togethers, interaction and access to quality training to aid both business and personal development. Membership is open to all women in business in regional areas – owners, managers or those thinking of starting a business.

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Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC)

RDALC offers a free support service for those about to enter business or for those already in an existing business.

Rural Business Support (RBS)

The Small Business Financial Counselling (SBFC) Program provides practical support to small business owners in rural areas who are concerned about the impact of drought, bushfire and/or COVID-19 on their business.

Regional Work SA

An initiative of the State Government's support package to help boost and fill seasonal and regional workforce vacancies across SA.

Women in Business Regional Network

Aims to encourage networking among businesswomen in regional areas through get-togethers, interaction and access to quality training to aid both business and personal development. Membership is open to all women in business in regional areas – owners, managers or those thinking of starting a business.

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Rural Business Support (RBS)

The Small Business Financial Counselling (SBFC) Program provides practical support to small business owners in rural areas who are concerned about the impact of drought, bushfire and/or COVID-19 on their business.

Regional Work SA

An initiative of the State Government's support package to help boost and fill seasonal and regional workforce vacancies across SA.

Women in Business Regional Network

Aims to encourage networking among businesswomen in regional areas through get-togethers, interaction and access to quality training to aid both business and personal development. Membership is open to all women in business in regional areas – owners, managers or those thinking of starting a business.

Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland (RDAMR)

RDAMR. supports businesses to start new ventures, grow existing enterprises and seek good investments.

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Entrepreneurship Facilitator – Barossa – Yorke – Mid North

Provides practical assistance to support and encourage individuals to start a business as a way to create their own job.

Rural Business Support (RBS)

The Small Business Financial Counselling (SBFC) Program provides practical support to small business owners in rural areas who are concerned about the impact of drought, bushfire and/or COVID-19 on their business.

Regional Work SA

An initiative of the State Government's support package to help boost and fill seasonal and regional workforce vacancies across SA.

Women in Business Regional Network

Aims to encourage networking among businesswomen in regional areas through get-togethers, interaction and access to quality training to aid both business and personal development. Membership is open to all women in business in regional areas – owners, managers or those thinking of starting a business.

Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North (RDAYMN)

Whether you’re a mature business looking to grow, a start-up or an investor, RDAYN can connect you with tools and resources, government funding or the information and contacts you need to navigate the next stage of your development.

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Business Alexandrina – The Business Hub

An initiative of the Alexandrina Council, the Business Alexandrina Program and the Business Hub aims to support and grow local businesses, encourage collaboration, and provide first-class training, co-working, and meeting spaces.

Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

RDA AHFKI support businesses by increasing awareness of government programs, training, funding and other business opportunities to help them run and grow.

Kangaroo Island Business Hub

A free government service which connects businesses to information, support services and experts in one convenient place. Located on Commercial Street in Kingscote, the Hub offers a range of in-house services including business information, expert advice, government support services, coaching and mentoring to help your business start, grow or become more competitive. The Kangaroo Island Business Hub is jointly funded by the South Australian and Australian Governments to support the economic recovery of Kangaroo Island.

Adelaide Hills Business Hub

Jointly funded by the South Australian and Australian Governments to support the economic recovery of the Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker LGA’s. Located at the Adelaide Hills Business Centre at Woodside, the hub is a free service connecting businesses to information, government support services, coaching, mentoring and experts to help your business start, grow or become more competitive. The Business Recovery Officer is based at the Hub Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 5pm or by appointment. Come in and see Amanda Hunt, or book an appointment to discuss services and resources to help you successfully start, run and grow your business.

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Meeting Place MV

A co-working space and cafe on Main Road in McLaren Vale that also provides training for vulnerable members of the community.

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Regional Development Australia Far North (RDAFN)

RDA Far North provides economic development, business and tourism advisory services and access to training and development opportunities to Far North SA.

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BICON – Australian Biosecurity Import Conditions)

A Government database to help businesses determine what import conditions exist and if an import permit is required.

Australian Border force (ABF)

The Australian Government controls importing and exporting into and from Australia. Find out more about Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), custom duty, prohibited goods, licensing, trade and compliance.

Export Finance Australia

If your business needs finance to support your growth strategy or cashflow, Export Finance Australia could help make more possible.

Austrade export services

To help more Australian businesses who want to sell their products overseas, Austrade export services gives you access to easy to navigate export help, market insights and advice online. Learn the basics of exporting, assess whether you’re ready to export and find the right market for your products.

Beyond Blue - NewAccess for Small Business Owners

NewAccess for Small Business Owners is a free and confidential mental health coaching program, developed by Beyond Blue to give small business owners, including sole traders the support they need.

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)

APRA is Australia's prudential regulator of banks, insurance companies and most superannuation funds. You can find authorised general insurers on their register.

Insurance Council of Australia (ICA)

Understand Insurance is an initiative of the (ICA), the representative body of the Australian insurance industry, designed to help individuals and businesses make better decisions about their general insurance. The information they provide is impartial and not affiliated with any one insurance company and you can search their free Find an Insurer database of general insurers and their products.

Indigenous Regional Network (IRN)

Indigenous Regional Network showcases success stories from Indigenous businesses. IRN can also connect you to other businesses or government programs to help develop your business.

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

Indigenous Business Australia is a government organisation that provides workshops, advice, business support programmes. In some cases they may also provide business finance to eligible Indigenous business owners.

The Circle – First Nations Entrepreneur Hub

Established in partnership with the Australian Government and the South Australian Government to assist the South Australian Aboriginal Business Sector with support to build your business through increased connections, capacity, capability and confidence. The Circle team will work with you one-on-one, providing tailored business support, solutions and referrals to a range of experts and opportunities to meet your business needs.

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBEFO)

ASBFEO's role is to support small businesses and family enterprises to enable them to grow and thrive. They understand the challenges facing small business owners and provide access to dispute resolution services for those who may be involved in a disagreement.

Family Business Australia (FBA)

A membership based organisation that provides access to education and training for family specific and general business development and opportunities to learn and grow by networking and sharing with peers.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC)

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) leads the Australian Government’s efforts to improve cyber security.

Australian Business Register (ABR)

Visit the Australian Business Register to apply for and manage your Australian Business Number (ABN) - a unique 11 digit number that identifies your business or organisation to the government and community.

Australian Government - Job Active Program

An end-to-end recruitment service that helps you hire staff at no cost to you. They can help advertise your job vacancies, shortlist, screen and recommend suitable candidates for your business. Your business may be eligible to receive financial incentives to help you hire or trial staff.

The Franchise Council of Australia (FCA)

Is the peak body for the $146 billion franchise sector in Australia, representing franchisees, franchisors and service providers to the sector.

IP Australia

Information about intellectual property for businesses, including registration, renewals and how to enforce or avoid infringement of intellectual property rights.

Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)

ABLIS provides information on licenses, registrations and permits required to operate your business in South Australia.

Australian Taxation Office

Small business taxation requirements including managing invoices, payments and paperwork, managing cash flow, GST lodging an activity statement and paying taxes and fees.

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)

The Australian competition regulator and national consumer law advocate. Resources and information to help small businesses understand certain rights and protections under the law.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Statistical and reference information for business, census and population data that may assist during the planning and start-up of a small business.

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)

Australia's corporate, markets and financial services regulator. Register your company or business name through them.

Australian Business Register

If you are running a business you will need an Australian business number (ABN). An ABN is free when you register with the Australian Business Register.

business.gov.au

The Australian Government business.gov.au offers simple and convenient access to all federal government information, assistance, forms and services you need for planning, starting and growing your business.