This page is constantly evolving. If you know of a valuable resource that would benefit other MIC businesses, please get in touch with MIC staff and we will add it to this list!
For new entrepreneurs
The first stop for anyone thinking of starting a new business. SBV provides information on many topics related to business, including business structure, start-up checklists, marketing and accounting. SBV will answer a great deal of the general questions you might have about starting a business.
Business.gov is similar to Small Business Victoria, but provides general information for the whole of Australia. This resource is important if you are planning on operating on a national level.
Australia Taxation Office
Information on all money-related matters, such as how to apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN), managing cash flow and invoices, and GST. The ATO website is full of useful information for every small business owner.
Visit this sit for information regarding intellectual property registers and categories of intellectual property.
Consumer Affairs Victoria
Consumer Affairs Victoria provides information relevant to businesses such as fair trading laws, licensing and registration, and resources for a ‘Better Business’.
Safe Work Australia
Safe Work Australia hosts information regarding Occupational Health and Safety laws and regulations, and the small business section links to state-specific websites for information relevant to the state(s) you will be working in.
Fair Work Australia
Learn the basics of the Fair Work workplace relations, including minimum employment conditions, record-keeping, pay slips, unfair dismissal laws and other responsibilities. This is tailored for the small business owner and employee.
Income, Grants, and Funding
Looking for a business grant from the government? Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to find government support, funding or loans for your business. Search this webpage for key topics such as business planning, R&D, innovation or marketing.
Pozible is an Australia-based crowdfunding platform. It provides the platform for project creators to present their ideas to a connected audience, worldwide. In true crowdfunding fashion, if people like a project, they can support it by pledging money. In return, project creators offer rewards matched to the level of funding commitment.
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform. Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.
Australian Tax Obligations for Crowdfunding Income
If you're involved in crowdfunding – regardless of your role – you need to be aware of the tax consequences. These vary depending on the nature of the arrangement, your role in it and your circumstances. It is important to determine whether the money you receive through crowdfunding is income and whether you need to consider GST. If it is income, you will need to include it in your tax return and there may be deductions you can claim.
Business development and planning
Business Model Canvas Template
You can use the this Business Model Canvas to describe, design, challenge, and pivot your business model. It works in conjunction with the Value Proposition Canvas and other strategic management and execution tools and processes. Download the template from Strategyzer.
Value Proposition Canvas Template
The Value Proposition Canvas is a simple way to understand your customers needs, and design products and services they want. It works in conjunction with the Business Model Canvas and other strategic management and execution tools and processes. Download the template from Strategyzer.