Small Business Victoria offers business information, training and services to contribute to the growth and development of small enterprises across Victoria. Small Business Victoria also helps businesses to plan, start and grow by providing information and assistance, expert business advice and low cost and local skills development opportunities.
We also administer the following regulations:
- Public Holidays Act 1993
- Summer Time Act 1972 (Daylight Saving)
- Small Business Commissioners Act 2003
Strategies and initiatives
Small business festival
The Small business festival takes place annually each August, and
comprises over 400 events, including workshops and seminars across metropolitan
and regional Victoria provided through collaboration with industry groups,
private organisations and agencies across three levels of government.
Small business bus
The Small business bus visits a variety of locations in
Melbourne and regional Victoria, acting as a 'travelling office on wheels'.
Bookings for a free 45 minute face-to-face consultation with an expert business
mentor aboard the bus can be made through our website, as well as further
details on the range of programs services
business ministerial council's role is to actively promote Victoria as a
culturally diverse business centre, providing a forum for strategic business
networking and promoting Victoria's trade agenda in emerging markets to better
support people from non-English speaking backgrounds in their small business
Small business ministerial
business ministerial council's role is to encourage small businesses to
innovate and grow in a dynamic environment, understand the pressures of
regulatory red tape and aim to reduce it where possible, and voice common small
business issues in the community.
Small business regulation review
Small Business Victoria has committed to a review into the regulatory burdens placed on small businesses across the state. Cutting of red tape for small businesses intends to support entrepreneurs in the creation of small businesses, and enhance the ability for businesses to sustainably grow and contribute to Victoria's economy, as well as to create new employment opportunities.
Small businesses and industry associations will be consulted throughout the process, and given the opportunity to provide feedback on the key regulatory concerns. Visit the Small Business Retail Regulation Review website.
Grants, awards and scholarships
'Grow Your business' grants
Grow Your Business is a program designed to help small businesses
develop and implement strategies to become internationally competitive. A range
of planning and management services are offered.
Businesses can engage the services of an independent specialist to
undertake either one-on-one or group programs. Businesses can apply one or more
of the following program streams:
- Business development plan
- Business strategic review
- Business development plan - mentoring
- Group program
- Network program
Review of regulation impacting small business retailers
The department led a review of the regulation impacting on small business retailers. The initial round of public consultation has now closed. However, ongoing participation and contribution to the review can be made by email.
The final deliverable of the retail sector review will be a publicly released Action Statement that commits to the implementation of reform proposals. Public consultation on a draft Action Statement will be undertaken in early 2017 and the final statement will be released in mid-2017. More information about the Small Business Retail Regulation Review.
Divisional owners and entities
Small Business Victoria
Small Business Victoria is part of the Economic Development,
Employment and Innovation group within the department.
Office of the Small Business Commissioner
The Office of the Small Business Commissioner provides
quick, effective, neutral and low cost mediation services to small businesses.
For information about business services and programs, please visit
Business Victoria or phone
13 22 15.
Victorian Small Business Commissioner
For information or to make a claim, visit the Victorian Small Business Commissioner or call on 13 VSBC (13 8722).