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Free resources and advice

There are lots of free business advice programs provided by all levels of government.

Service NSW for Business includes a free business concierge service, offering step-by-step guidance to help business owners access support, apply for grants and financial assistance, and navigate the requirements of government.

The NSW Small Business Commissioner provides advice and guidance material on a range of issues affecting small businesses, including commercial leasing and disputes.

The Australian Government provides a range of business resources, including details about eligibility for government grants and financial assistance for business.

Visit business.gov.au to learn more.

Business Connect is a NSW Government program that provides personalised advice on how to start and grow your business. It also gives you access to webinars, events and online resources.

GrantConnect is a central point for you to find business grants available through the Australian Government.

Fair Work Australia gives you information and advice about your workplace rights and obligations.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website is your go-to resource for taxation and superannuation information.

SafeWork NSW provides information about health and safety in the workplace.

Austrade provides export and trade advice.

iAccelerate is a unique business incubation program. It helps startups, early stage businesses and established businesses to grow quickly, providing education, networking, advice and mentoring, and office space. The program can also help new businesses access seed funding.

Find out more on the iAccelerate website.

Advantage SME is an initiative for businesses looking to collaborate with the University of Wollongong.

If you run a multicultural business, you can get help and support through Illawarra Multicultural services in partnership with the Business Connect – Community Migrant Resource Centre. They offer business workshops and one-on-one advisory sessions.

The local team has advisors who speak Vietnamese, Arabic, Mandarin and Korean.

To register for multicultural business advice, visit the Business Connect website or call 1300 650 058.