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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people and recognise any other people or families with connection to the lands of the ACT and region.

Start a business

Tap into support from the government and business services here in Canberra to help kick-start your business.

Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN)

With funding from the ACT Government, CBRIN delivers programs, workshops and services aimed at supporting start-ups and SMEs with high-growth potential.

CBRIN’s programs that can help you in the early days of setting up your business, include:

  • Griffin Accelerator
    Validate your idea, develop networks and fine-tune your business model.
  • Cicada Innovations
    Get access to infrastructure, mentors and investors, and programs for potential high-growth businesses. 

Learn more about all of  CBRIN’s programs.

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

IBA offers a business development program. It helps eligible Indigenous Australians set up, buy and grow small to medium businesses.

Learn more about IBA.


Business.gov.au is the Australian Government’s business advice website. It provides information to help you plan, start and grow your business.


AusIndustry can give you information and advice to help you start your business. 

They have a representitive in Canberra focused on industry, research and innovation. Learn more about the support you can get from AusIndustry’s regional manager


Austrade helps Australian companies to grow their business overseas.

To get your business export-ready, visit the Austrade website.

Australian Business Register(ABR)

Register for an Australian Business Number (ABN) via the ABR.

You can also register:

  • your business name
  • for taxes including the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • for Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding.

Learn more on the ABR website.

Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (SRBEC)

You can get confidential business advice from an accredited advisor via SRBEC. They also provide support services for young people who want to start a business.

Explore their services on the SRBEC website

Canberra Business Chamber (CBC)

Get advice and information at any business stage through CBC’s training, networking events and advice service.

Discover more on the CBC website.

Regional Development Australia (RDA)

RDA provides advice for new businesses, especially those in the food and agriculture sector.

Find out more on the RDA website.

Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre

Lighthouse can help your businesses launch and grow. Lighthouse runs the Canberra Business Advice and Support Service (CBASS) and can help with a range of business challenges.

Get more details on the Lighthouse website.

Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solutions

The Australian Government funds ABAS. It offers small businesses low-cost, high-quality advice on digital solutions.

Learn more on the ASBAS Digital Solutions website.

Interested in doing business in Canberra?

Contact the business team for information and advice.