Business resources

Need help achieving your business goals? There are a range of business resources available.


Australian Government

Australian Taxation Office offers a number of key services to assist business owners.

Austrade assists Australian businesses as they develop international markets and win productive foreign direct investment.

Business.Gov is an online government source for the Australian business community providing a range of free tools and resources. The website focuses on all areas of planning, starting, running and exiting a business, including links to various government websites.

Fair Work Ombudsman provides a small business helpline to assist business owners in understanding their priorities such as finding the right pay, calculating leave and auditing payroll. Fair Work also offers a Small Business Best Practice Guide to explain employer and employee obligations.

GrantConnect provides a centralised publication of forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities and grants awarded.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme provides eligible unemployed people assistance with training, mentoring, income support and rental assistance to help them to become a self-employed business owner.



NSW Government

Business Connect is funded by the NSW Government. It is a dedicated and personalised program that provides advice to help you grow your small business. The provider of the Business Connect program in the MidCoast region is The Business Centre.

Easy to do Business program brings agencies, local councils and industry bodies together to make the process of opening or expanding a small business simpler and faster.

Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner helps small businesses operate as professionally, as efficiently and as successfully as they can. Support provided by the Office includes:

  • serving as a neutral party in mediation and dispute resolution between small businesses or between a small business and a larger one or between a small business and government
  • providing high quality business advice and advisors with access to world class tools
  • speaking up for small businesses within government

Training Services NSW provides vocational education and training advice and information to apprentices and trainees and their employers. Training Services NSW is also responsible for the implementation of funded programs, including Smart and Skilled, apprenticeships and traineeships and adult and community education.



Chambers of Commerce

  • NSW Business Chamber - The NSW Business Chamber is the state's peak business organisation. It is an independent not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes to maximize their potential. NSW Business Chamber
  • MidCoast Business Chamber - 02 6551 0474
  • Old Bar Manning Point Business and Community Associationwww.obmp.com.au


MidCoast Council

The Economic Development section works to maximize the value of current and emerging economic opportunities across the MidCoast region so that it is recognised as an excellent location to invest and grow a business; this team works in partnership with the private sector to facilitate and promote economic development by identifying the specific economic needs and challenges faced by the community.

For further information, contact Robyn Brennan Economic Development Coordinator, on 6591 7383 or email robyn.brennan@midcoast.nsw.gov.au

Destination Management (Tourism) supports tourism development and growth in the visitor economy ensuring the MidCoast region is recognised as a unique destination with a diversity of signature experiences; this team works with key stakeholders to grow the visitor economy and develop signature experiences as well as providing direct services to the visiting public.

Email marketing@midcoast.nsw.gov.au for more information.