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Whether you're diving into the exciting realm of ideas, imagining your hobby evolving into a business, or weighing the possibility of taking over an established operation, the best chance for a stellar beginning lies in good planning and preparation.

Starting a business is a stressful time and it can be hard to know where to begin. Mornington Peninsula Shire has a dedicated department committed to supporting local businesses and helping them navigate the challenges of a new venture.

If you need further help, email a Business Support Officer or call 03 5950 1446

Get answers to the top 5 questions for starting a business on the Business.gov.au website.

Or visit the Business Victoria website for a wealth of simple guides, tools and templates to help new businesses get started and plan for success.

Understand when you need a business permit on the Mornington Peninsula and how to apply. Including:

  • Business signage
  • Footpath trading
  • Food business requirements
  • Health and accommodation business requirements
  • Home based businesses
  • Mobile food vans
  • Domestic animal business registration
  • Parklet permits
  • Events

The Australian Government business website has important information about the common laws your new business may need to comply with, such as registrations, contracts, marketing and employment.

View tax and super information for business and organisations, including not-for-profits from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.

Use the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) tool to find out which licences you need to start, run and grow your business.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a non-profit aiming to make a difference, or a business looking to innovate and grow, a grant could be the financial boost you need.

Whether you are planning on conducting informal or formal research, there are several key tools you can use to gather data and information. Many of these are available to you for free, or at low cost.

Find statistics and data

Understand demographics and profiles

Whether it’s a Shire team, formal business group, industry association or co-working spaces there are many opportunities for your businesses to leverage the work that others are doing and build your business networks.

Understanding marketing is crucial for new businesses to reach their target audience, build brand awareness, differentiate themselves from competitors, and ultimately drive sales to sustain growth and success.

Use Business Victoria resources to help you promote your business to new and existing customers.

Find inspiration from our case studies and learn new skills from local experts.


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Content reviewed and updated: January 2024

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