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Find useful information and resources for starting a business in the City of Melbourne. 

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Self-assessment tool

open a new business

Enter your business details to find the relevant information, permits and forms that you need.

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Business Concierge

Business support service

Our dedicated team of Business Concierge officers provide support and advice on how to start or grow your business.

Contact our officers by phone on 9658 9658 or request an appointment with us with our online form.

Investing in Melbourne

Our team can help you unlock your business potential in Melbourne. 


Resources for starting your business

Business Victoria

Find guides, tools and templates for starting your business.

Australian Business Register

Apply for your Australian Business Number or Tax File Number.

Australian Taxation Office

Essential resources for starting a small business.

Australian Business License and Information Service

Information on licences, regulations, council approvals and compliance requirements. 

Victorian Liquor Commission

Apply for a liquor license.

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Businesses such as conveyancers, real estate agents, motor car traders and travel agents must apply for a license.

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List your business or event on What's On

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our acknowledgement

  • Torres Strait Islander Flag
  • Aboriginal People Flag

The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 


We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and are committed to walking together to build a better future.