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Planning Assistance

Often the assistance of specialised consultants is recommended to help applicants prepare applications for assessment by Council. A list of relevant consultants can be found on Council’s Get Advice page.

Business Assistance

NORTEC Small Business Solutions

Based in the Northern Rivers of NSW, NORTEC provides a range of low cost/high value government subsidised small business support solutions. A team of Small Business Advisors provide mobile support for small business via one on one advisory, skills workshops and a mentoring service.
https://www.nortec.org.au/small-business-solutions/

Small Biz Connect

The Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner provides a range of business services and initiatives to support small business. Included are links to NSW Government and Australian Government services and peak industry bodies.
www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/supporting-business (external link)

Business.gov.au

A single business and industry information service including business registration, advice and grants.
www.business.gov.au (external link)

Tourism Promotion

The Tweed Tourism Company (external link) is appointed by Tweed Shire Council to market and promote the Tweed region for tourism. The Tweed Tourism Company provides a free listing service for tourism related businesses as well as providing a range of other marketing opportunities.


Resources

Australia.gov.au

Australian government information to help start and manage your business.
www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/business-and-industry/abn-acn-business-management (external link)

Australian Business Licence Information Service

Identifies State and Australian Government licences, registrations, standards and guidelines applicable to your business. Contact Council to enquire about local permits and approvals.
https://ablis.business.gov.au/pages/home.aspx (external link)

Australian Business Register

Use the Australian Business Register website to apply for an Australian business number (ABN).
www.abr.gov.au (external link)

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

The ACCC provides information regarding the rights and responsibilities of small business under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Subscribe to the Small Business Information Network to receive the latest news and events relevant to the small business sector.
www.accc.gov.au/business (external link)

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

ASIC provides information and guides to help to start and manage your business and company and manages the registration of business names.
www.asic.gov.au (external link)

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

The ASBFEO provides access to dispute resolution services as well as providing general business advice. Formerly Office of the Australian Small Business Commissioner.
www.asbfeo.gov.au/node (external link)

Australian Taxation Office

The ATO provides information regarding tax, reporting and compliance issues you need to consider when operating your business.
www.ato.gov.au (external link)

AusTender

AusTender is a centralised publication of Australian Government business opportunities, annual procurement plans and contracts.
www.tenders.gov.au (external link)

Competition and Consumer Law Education

This site provides a suite of learning tools produced by the ACCC it help users increase their knowledge of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
www.ccaeducationprograms.org/index.php (external link)

Digital Business

Digital business provides tools and information for setting up and managing your online presence.
www.digitalbusiness.gov.au (external link)

IP Australia

IP Australia is the Australian Government Agency that administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation and provides general information about how to identify, protect and take advantage of IP.
www.ipaustralia.gov.au (external link)

ICN Gateway

The ICN links Australian suppliers with project owners via an online database and network of Business growth consultants.
www.gateway.icn.org.au (external link)

North Coast TAFE

NC TAFE can offer customised training and workforce development services to suit your business.
www.northcoasttafe.edu.au (external link)

NSW Department of Industry

The Department of Industry provides a range of online resources and services to help start, run and grow your business.
www.industry.nsw.gov.au/home (external link)

NSW Fair Trading

Fair Trading requires specific businesses and industries to fulfil particular obligations. From accommodation services to travel agents, check these pages to check any licencing and operating requirements relevant to your business.
www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/Businesses/Specific_industries_and_businesses.page (external link)

Regional Development Australia – Northern Rivers NSW

The Northern Rivers Regional Development Australia branch (RDA-NR) provides access to funding opportunities and facilitates partnerships between the all tiers of government and the community and industry groups.
www.rdanorthernrivers.org.au (external link)
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