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                    Start a business

                    Melbourne is the start-up capital of Australia and 83 per cent of all businesses in the City of Melbourne are small businesses.

                    To take an idea and turn it into a business can be an exciting but often anxious time. You need to create a business plan with concrete data, ensure you have all required permits, and register your business with the proper authorities. The good news is that there is plenty of assistance out there, particularly at various levels of government. 

                    Research your business

                     The City of Melbourne can provide you with facts and figures regarding how many other businesses already exist in your sector, the type and number of people who live in each suburb and many more detailed statistics. For more information view the City of Melbourne Economic Profile.

                    You can also gain an understanding of how Melbourne fits in with the rest of Australia by looking at the Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

                    Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

                    Do I need a permit?

                    ​Register your business

                    Whether you’ve decided to start selling the clothes you design, bought a franchise or are starting a company with employees, you will need apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN) and, depending on your business structure, a tax file number and Australian Company Number (ACN). If you plan to trade under a name other than your own, you must register your business name.

                    None of these are services provided by the City of Melbourne, but you can access them through these links:

                    If you’re unsure which of these services you need, you’ll find a great deal of information at Business Victoria’s comprehensive guide for starting up your business. If you're running a small business, you may also be interested in the Small Business Mentoring Service.

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