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Starting your business

Thinking of starting a business in the Mornington Peninsula area?

You may be starting with a spark of an idea, looking to expand from a hobby to a business, or perhaps you’re exploring the option of purchasing an already established operation?

It’s important to plan and prepare with the right information to ensure you are off to a good start.

Not only will you need to find your way through permits and registrations, it also helps to have a clear understanding of your market, competition, and potential opportunities, allowing you to make informed decisions that can help your business thrive.

An hour of planning can save you 10 hours of doing~Dale Carnegie

Always. Always. Have a plan.

Consider the following questions:

Before you dive in to dreaming up your logo… take the time to gather the necessary data to set yourself up for success.

There’s a lot to think about, so take advantage of the information that is available to you.

Ready… set…

A good place to start is with Business Victoria

They provide a vast range of resources, information and guidance on starting and managing a business.

What’s in a name?

There are multiple ways of registering your business

If you decide to start up a business, you’ll need to register with the appropriate organisations.
The Australian Securities & Investments Commission is where you’ll spend most of your time, and some or all of the following may be required:

    • Check if the Business Name you hope to use is available.
    • Apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN).
    • Are you operating as a Sole Trader, or will you need a Company Number.
    • Connect with the Australian Tax Office.

Start with Consumer Affairs Victoria and follow the links to the relevant organisations.

More than just the fine print

Legal requirements

When you start a business, you also need to understand what laws apply to you – regardless of whether you are just beginning or taking over an existing venture.
It is recommended that you consult a legal expert or business adviser to understand which laws you will need to follow.

Permits, planning, building, location.

Which business permit will you need?

Depending on the type of business you intend running, you may need additional permits, either from Consumer Affairs Victoria or Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The other kind of business planning

Mornington Peninsula Shire provides a comprehensive summary of all of the relevant approvals that you may need during the various stages of a development, particularly the approval processes that the Shire administers.

  • Is the type of business appropriate for the area?
  • Do you have sufficient car parking spaces for you and your customers?
  • What hours will your business be open?
  • What type of signage do you need?

It is recommended to work with the Shire Planning Team so that you can optimise your opportunities and meet all of the requirements swiftly.

Which location will you be operating from?

A shop front? Factory? Converted warehouse? Garage?
Building new?
Renovating or redecorating?

    • How many patrons are you permitted to have for your building size; do you have adequate sanitary facilities?
    • Do you have the right number and location of exits throughout your building?
    • Have you met fire safety requirements including fire extinguishers and smoke alarms?
    • Does the location provide adequate accessibility?

The list can become very long, so it is recommended you work with the Shire Building Team to make sure you cover every possible checklist item.

Specific requirements for business types

The type of business or service you operate may mean there is a very specific set of rules that apply.

Opening a cafe, restaurant, or other food premises?

When opening a food premises on the Mornington Peninsula, it is important to meet specific guidelines and regulations for the health and safety of you and the community.
From Allergens to Zoonoses and everything in between, check out what you need to know about Food Safety before you serve food in your business.

Public Health and Wellbeing

Some businesses require a Health Act Registration to ensure compliance to conduct certain activities including:

    • Acupuncture
    • Ear piercing
    • Hairdressing
    • Beauty treatment and electrolysis

These registrations may also apply if you operate an accommodation premises.

It is helpful to work with the Shire Health & Safety Team so that your business can fulfil the necessary obligations.

If you are not sure if you are a business that needs to comply, just ask. It’s important to get it right.

You can also visit the relevant State Government website for more details.

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