Small business

Introduction

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 Commission Act 2017

Websites

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

Multicultural business ministerial council

The Multicultural 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 ventures.

Small business ministerial council

The Small 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.

Projects

Small business regulation review

Small Business Victoria is reviewing the regulatory burdens placed on small businesses across the state. Cutting red tape for small businesses supports entrepreneurs and helps business grow, contribute to Victoria's economy and generate new employment opportunities.

Small businesses and industry associations are being consulted throughout the review and given the opportunity to provide feedback on key regulatory issues. 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

Consultations

Review of regulation impacting small business retailers

The Small Business Regulation Review was announced in 2016 as part of the Victorian Government’s new approach to regulation reform. The review recognises the essential contribution that small businesses make to Victoria. With around 556,000 small businesses in Victoria, small businesses make up approximately 97 per cent of the State’s business sector and nearly half of all private sector jobs.

Through the review, government is examining how regulation is impacting the state’s small businesses across a number of sectors of the state’s economy. The review looks through the eyes of small businesses at the myriad of regulations and processes they need to deal with to start and grow a business.

Submissions to the Draft Action Statement for the Small Business Regulation Review (Retail Sector) is now closed. The final reforms will be released later this year.

Find more information about the Small Business Regulation Review.

Divisional owners and entities

Small Business Victoria

Small Business Victoria is part of the Employment, Investment and Trade group within the department.

Victorian Small Business Commission

The Victorian Small Business Commission provides quick, effective, neutral and low cost mediation services to small businesses.

Contact details

For all enquiries about business services and programs:
Web: Business Victoria website
Phone: 13 22 15

For information about the Victorian Small Business Commission or to make a claim:
Web: Victorian Small Business Commission website
Phone: 13 VSBC (13 8722)