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Useful links

This is a list of other information and service sites you may find useful. Please note that these websites are external, and in most cases are not maintained or funded by the Government of Tasmania.

ANZ Business Toolkit
A range of tools have been developed to help you achieve your business objectives.

Ausindustry
Ausindustry provides an overview of all the business assistance programs AusIndustry delivers.

Austrade
Austrade assists Australian companies to attain overseas business for their products and services by reducing the time, cost and risk involved in selecting, entering and developing international markets.

Australian Apprenticeships
All you need to know about investing in training through an Australian Apprenticeship.

Australian Bureau of Statistics
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is Australia's official statistical organisation. It provides a high quality, objective and responsive national statistical service.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
The ACCC promotes competition and fair trade in the market place to benefit consumers, businesses and the community. It also regulates national infrastructure services. Its primary responsibility is to ensure that individuals and businesses comply with the Commonwealth competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws.

Australian Consumer Law (ACL)
The ACL is a national consumer law which applies to all business sectors from 1 January 2011. It covers general standards of business conduct, prohibits harmful practices, regulates specific types of business-to-consumer transactions, provides basic consumer rights for goods and services and regulates the safety of consumer products and product-related services.

Australian Copyright Council
The Australian Copyright Council is a not-for-profit organisation which provides information sheets, publications, advice and training in the use of copyright.

Australian Made
The Australian Made Campaign is a not-for-profit organisation that authorises companies to use the green and gold kangaroo logo – Australia’s best known symbol for what is Australian made. Any person, business or organisation can apply for membership of the Australian Made Campaign.

Australian Retailers Association
The Australian Retailers Association is a nationwide organisation which represents the diverse interests of retailers. It also provides retailers with information and services.

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) 
The Australian Securities & Investments Commission is an independent Commonwealth Government body which enforces and regulates company and financial services laws to protect consumers, investors and creditors.

ASIC Connect enables you to register your business name nationally.

Australian Taxation Office
The Australian Taxation Office administers legislation for taxes, superannuation and excise (other than customs duty).

Brand Tasmania
The independent Brand Tasmania Council promotes a place-of-origin branding initiative for Tasmania.

Business Affairs
Business Affairs provides information and services associated with the administration of legislation relating to the registration of business names, and the Incorporation of the Associations and the Limited Partnership Act. A new National Business Names Registration System commencing in the middle of 2012 will replace the current state/territory systems, so that businesses only need to register their name with a single national register, which will be maintained by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) .

Business Mentor Services Tasmania
Business Mentor Services Tasmania can introduce you to a volunteer business mentor who will listen to your needs. The mentor will use their practical business knowledge and expertise to provide an opinion on what your future directions and actions should be.

business.gov.au
The Commonwealth government’s principal business resource. A simple and convenient access to all the government information, forms and services you need. It's a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.

Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading
Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading provides advice and information on matters affecting the interests of consumers. Potential breaches of legislation administered by the Office are investigated. It also enforces product safety standards.

CPA Australia
CPA Australia is one of the world's largest accounting bodies with a membership of more than 122,000 finance, accounting and business professionals across the globe. Their website contains a number of tools and services to assist businesses.

Dept of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
The Dept of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations provides advice and help with wages and employment conditions under Certified Agreements, federal awards and the Workplace Relations Act 1996, including flexible working arrangements under the Act.

Digitalbusiness.gov.au
Digitalbusiness.gov.au is designed as a resource for small business and community organisations that want to learn more about the benefits of an online presence and how to go about developing one.

EPA Tasmania
A program that help business to cut costs, reduce energy use, optimise processes, reduce use of raw materials, minimise waste and reduce carbon footprint.

Fairwork Australia
The Small business assistance section is a central point providing assistance for small businesses to comply with national workplace laws. Find out policies about modern awards, the National Employment Standards, minimum wages and employment conditions, enterprise bargaining, industrial relations, dispute resolution, termination of employment and other workplace matters.

Family Business Australia
Family Business Australia is a national member based, not-for-profit organisation. It aims to improve the effectiveness of Australian families in business through the sharing of practical experience and knowledge. Read more about ‘familiness’ here.

Flying Solo
Is a website of free information and tools for people who are sole business owners.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is a bi-national independent statutory authority that develops food standards for composition, labelling and contaminants, including microbiological limits, that apply to all foods produced or imported for sale in Australia or New Zealand.

Franchise Council of Australia
The Franchise Council of Australia Limited (FCA) is the peak body for the franchise sector in Australia, representing franchisees, franchisors and service providers to the sector.

Grantslink
Grantslink provides an online searchable database of available Commonwealth Government grants.

GS1 (formally EAN)
Product numbering is an internationally compatible system for identifying products and services by allocating a unique number to every item or service, which may be traded worldwide. GS1 Australia is a non-profit organisation that locally administers the global multi-industry system of identification and communication for products, services, assets and locations – the GS1 system.

GST governance and risk management guide for small-to-medium enterprises
This guide from the ATO is comprised of two checklists to help small-to-medium enterprises (SME) self assess the effectiveness of their GST governance, risk management, internal assurance processes and procedures against a list of best practice actions.

Industry Capability Network Tasmania (ICNT)
ICNT is a confidential import replacement sourcing service, sponsored by the Tasmanian Government. It provides advice on industry capability and works to increase supply opportunities for Tasmanian manufacturers and service providers.

IP Australia
IP Australia is the Federal Government agency responsible for granting rights in patents, trade marks and designs. It is an independent division of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Resources.

IRIS
IRIS Tasmania is a research tool providing integrated current information about Tasmania.

Law Society of Tasmania
The Law Society of Tasmania acts to regulate the many activities of lawyers, by providing prudential supervision and services to investigate and prosecute complaints against lawyers.

Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania
The Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania is an independent statutory body providing legal services in the areas of criminal law, Commonwealth civil law and family law.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
NEIS is a self-employment program that assists eligible unemployed people to become self-supporting and independent of Centrelink payments by establishing their own commercially viable business. If you have a good idea for setting up a business of your own, the Job Network can help you get started. Many Job Network service providers offer specialised advice and support in planning and starting your own business.

Office of Small Business
The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Resources provides programs, services and consultative forums for small business.

Ombudsman (Tasmania)
The Ombudsman resolves individual grievances and addresses systemic issues arising from maladministration in the public sector. Through independent, objective and impartial investigations, the Ombudsman promotes fairness and equity to bring about improvements in the quality and standard of public administration.

Paid Parental Leave (PPL)
The PPL provides a government-funded entitlement for working parents who are the primary carers of a child born or adopted from 1 January 2011. Working parents who are full-time, part-time, self-employed, casual, contract, and seasonal employees, will have access to Parental Leave Pay if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Print Applied Technology
The Print Applied Technology provides printed copies of public and private industrial awards.

Scamwatch
A website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to provide information to the public about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.

Service Tasmania
Customers can conduct business with the whole of government at Service Tasmania shops. Customers are able to do some business over the telephone on a 7 days-a-week, 24 hours-a-day basis as well as on the internet through the Virtual Shop.

Skills Tasmania
Use Skills Tasmania to discover the skills your business needs, how to become an employer of choice and lots more.

Small Business Superannuation Clearing House
The Australian Government offers a free service to small businesses with less than 20 employees. It’s designed to reduce red tape and compliance costs associated with meeting your superannuation guarantee obligations.

Standards Australia
Standards Australia use web-based technologies for the development, distribution and sale of high-value intellectual property. Their major activities include: the development of technical and business standards; advanced electronic distribution of specialist business and technical publications; specialist high speed electronic printing and distribution; independent certification of products and business systems; education and training services; registry management services; research and information services, and the Australian Design Award program.

State Library of Tasmania
The State Library of Tasmania provides easy access to a wealth of information that can assist people in business.

Tasmanian Skills Institute
The Tasmanian Skills Institute aims to enhance the productivity of your business through workforce skills development.

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI)
The TCCI is Tasmania's peak business organisation. It has a state-wide membership drawn from all industry sectors.

Tasmanian Communities Online
Tasmanian Communities Online provide low cost access to computers and the internet, as well as one-to-one training and assistance for people living in rural and regional Tasmania. Users have access to a variety of software applications, e-mail and internet.

Tasmanian Electronic Commerce Centre Pty Ltd (TECC)
The TECC is the leading provider of electronic commerce assistance to rural, regional and remote Australia. Through its activities, the TECC provides and supports a clear pathway of activity for businesses considering and adopting electronic commerce.

Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme
The Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme helps with the cost of shipping eligible goods between Tasmania and the mainland by sea.

Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research (TIAR)
TIAR is a joint venture between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government which focuses on cool climate agricultural research. Its website provides research information of the agricultural sector and links to sub-sector research centres such as the Dairy Centre, the Vegetable Centre and the Food Safety Centre.

Tasmanian Polytechnic
Tasmanian Polytechnic provides nationally recognised training packages in a wide variety of industries in a flexible, adult learning environment.

Tasmanian Qualifications Authority
The Tasmanian Qualifications Authority ensures that people can have confidence in the credibility and integrity of qualifications issued in Tasmania.

Tasmanian Skills Institute
The Tasmanian Skills Institute aims to enhance the productivity of your business through workforce skills development.

Tourism Tasmania
Tourism Tasmania’s corporate site provides the latest resources and research data on Tasmania's tourism industry.

Tourism Industry Council Tasmania Ltd
For Tourism Accreditation enquiries please contact (03) 6224 1930.
Tourism Industry Council Tasmania is the peak body that represents and acts for the Tasmanian tourism industry.

Winning Business Online
A free online training program funded by the Australian government that helps businesses use the internet to increase sales, reduce costs and simplify running their enterprise.

Women In Global Business (WIGB)
The Women in Global Business program is a joint Australian, State and Territory Government initiative. Businesses owned and operated by women are one of the fastest growing business segments. WIGB supports businesswomen to go global with their products and services. It also aims to increase female participation in international trade and deliver greater economic benefit and job creation. It offers a central source of information and resources, support and connection.

Women Tasmania
Freecall: 1300 135 513
Women Tasmania is a Statewide information, support and referral service. Women Tasmania’s Resource Centre provides access to accurate information on a range of issues relating to work and a directory of services for women in Tasmania.

Workcover
Information on safety and injury prevention, injury management, insurance, news, and resources.

Workplace Standards Tasmania
Workplace Standards Tasmania is responsible for administering much of the legislation that regulates business in Tasmania. Occupational health and safety, workers compensation, long service leave, shop trading hours, bank holidays and some occupational registrations are key areas. It also has responsibility for many industrial relations matters.

WorkSafe Tasmania
The WorkSafe Tasmania campaign is an initiative of WorkCover Tasmania and Workplace Standards Tasmania. It's raising awareness of the need to value safe workplaces and take responsibility for safe and healthy work practices.

WorkSafe Tasmania encompasses specific activities that Workplace Standards and WorkCover have strategically worked together on.

 

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