Department of State Development

Starting and running your business

Small Business Contact Service
Tel: 1300 142 820

A free telephone service linking business to information, counselling advice and services.

Family Business Australia (FBA)
Tel: 1800 249 357

A not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting and supporting family businesses of all sizes from any industry.

Business SA
Tel: (08) 8300 0000

Provide hands-on assistance to identify workplace challenges and drive growth at every stage of the business lifecycle.

Small Business Commissioner
Tel:(08) 8303 2026/Toll free 1800 072 722

Provides low-cost mediation services for business-to-business, business to state and local government disputes.

Provides a range of business and government information to help you start, run and grow your business.

An online government resource for the Australian business community. It offers simple and convenient access to government information, forms and services for business. It's a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing businesses.


Business Advisory Centres in metropolitan and regional South Australia



Enterprise Adelaide    
Tel: (08) 8203 7815    

Northern Adelaide

Polaris Business and Innovation Centre    
Tel: (08) 8260 8205    

Eastern Adelaide

Eastside BEC
Tel: (08) 8344 7353    

Tea Tree Gully BEC
Tel: (08) 8397 9555    

Southern Adelaide

Tonsley Small Business Advisory Service    
Tel: 0417 731 125    

Edwardstown Region Business Association (ERBA)

Western Adelaide

Adelaide Business Hub
Tel: (08) 8440 2440    


Adelaide Hills
Tel: (08) 8397 9555    

Barossa RDA
Tel: (08) 8563 3603    

Murraylands and Riverland RDA
Berri Office
Tel: (08) 8580 8500
Murray Bridge Office 
Tel: (08) 8535 7170

Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula RDA
Tel: (08) 8682 6588    

Far North RDA
Tel: (08) 8641 1444    

Limestone Coast RDA
Mount Gambier Office
Tel: (08) 8723 1057

Yorke and Mid North RDA
Tel: 1300 742 414    

Registering your business

Australian Business Licence Information Service (ABLIS)
Tel: 1800 188 018

Provides information on licenses, registrations and permits required to operate your business in South Australia.


.au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA)

For businesses wanting to register a domain name or view the rules and policies for registration of domain names.

Australian Business Register (ABR)

Tel: 13 92 26

Register and manage your Australian Business Number (ABN) and AUSkey and verify the details of businesses you work with.


Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)
Tel: 1300 300 630

Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator. Register your company or business name.



Adelaide Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Learn about the work and activities of the Adelaide Entrepreneurial Community and development of the Adelaide Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.


New Venture Institute (NVI) at Flinders University

Promotes South Australian entrepreneurship and grows enterprise.  Utilising Flinders University extensive entrepreneurial capacity, global connections and business networks, NVI is a catalyst for commercial success.


Government funding and support


Provides information on state and federal government business development and financial support assistance and programs relevant to businesses across all industry sectors.


Digital business

Department of Communications – Digital business website

​Practical advice, tips and tools about getting online, creating a website, marketing, security and legal considerations

.au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA)
Tel: 1300 732 929

For businesses wanting to register a domain name or view the rules and policies for registration of domain names.

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)

The consumer product safety online report advises of the steps you can take to address product safety issues and foster better outcomes for consumers.

Department of Communications – Stay Smart Online

Understand the risks and simple steps you can take to protect your business, customer and supplier sensitive personal and financial information online

Importing and exporting

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Provides cargo support, exporting goods, importing goods, customs notices, free-trade agreements (FTAs), licensing, compliance, duty rates, taxes and tariff classification of goods.


Industry Capability Network South Australia (ICNSA)
Tel: 1300 553 309

Fosters opportunities for local businesses to capitalise on major projects planned or underway in South Australia.


Women in Global Business

Tel: (03) 9648 3285

Supports businesswomen to take their products and services global, providing information, resources, support and connections.

Australian Trade Commission - Austrade

Provides information, advice and services to help Australian companies to grow their business in international markets.


Department of State Development - Trade

Provides assistance and services to South Australian companies exporting overseas, including market intelligence, in-market support and direct financial assistance to promote exports. 

Meeting financial and legal obligations

Australian Competition Consumer Commission
Tel: 1300 302 502

Ensures that individuals and businesses comply with the Commonwealth competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws.

Revenue SA

Administers State taxes, duties and levies, including land tax, payroll tax and stamp duties. Provides information sessions for taxpayers in South Australia.


Franchise Council of Australia (FCA)
Tel: 1300 669 030

The industry representative body for the Australian franchise sector, representing franchisors, franchisees and suppliers to the sector.

Professional Standards Board for Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

Administers the regulatory and disciplinary regimes for patent and trademarks attorneys in Australia.

Local Government Association (LGA) of South Australia

Home business owners can find their local council to determine the home business legislation and rules with which they must comply.

Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)
Tel: 1300 364 785

Provides equitable financial outcomes through application of bankruptcy, personal property securities law, regulation of personal insolvency practitioners and trustee services

Consumer and Business Services (CBS)
Tel: 131 882

Assists small businesses with consumer affairs, business and occupational services, tenancies (including lease and landlord issues), education and information services.

IP Australia
Tel: 1300 65 1010

Administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder's rights.

CPA Australia
Tel: 1300 73 73 73

Find a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Legal Services Commission of South Australia
Tel: 1300 366 424

Provide community education, legal representation and free 30 minute legal advice appointments.

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
Tel: 13 28 66

Provides taxation information and offers a Small Business Assistance Program for Australian businesses.

Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)
Tel: 1300 626 393

Provides business with financial dispute advice and assistance. You can also search for a qualified financial planner.

Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
Tel: 613 9819 2004

The representative body for Australian patent and trademark attorneys. Provides assistance regarding selection of a patent attorney.


Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Tel: 1300 137 322

(Formerly the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA)).  Find a Chartered Accountant.

The Law Society of South Australia
Tel: (08) 8229 0222

Provides a free service - referrals to three firms that deal with the area of law required.


University of South Australia’s Business Law Clinic

The UniSA Legal Advice Clinic provides confidential, free legal advice to members of the community including small businesses.

Staffing your business

Business SA
Tel: (08) 8300 0000

Provide hands-on assistance to identify workplace challenges and drive growth at every stage of the business lifecycle including Human Resources and Work Health and Safety.

Fair Work Ombudsman
Tel: 13 13 94
Helps employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities under Australian workplace laws including awards and agreements, hours of work, breaks, rosters, performance management etc. Use the resources and templates (including pay and leave calculators) to search and manage workplace entitlements.

Tel: 1800 506 266

A South Australian government initiative that brings together funding for training, employment and skills activities including apprenticeships and traineeships.

Equal Opportunity Commission
Tel: (08) 8207 1977

Information to help employers meet their legal obligations, prevent discrimination and harassment in their business, promote fairness at work and improve staff relations and customer satisfaction.

Tel: 131 855

Formerly known as WorkCover SA, ReturnToWorkSA manages the South Australian Workers Return to Work Scheme, which provides protection to workers and employers in the event of workplace injury. 

Fair Work Commission
Tel: 1300 799 675

An independent body whose functions include: minimum wages and employment conditions; enterprise bargaining; industrial action; dispute resolution; termination of employment; and other workplace matters.

SafeWork SA
Tel: 1300 365 255

Works with employers, employees, unions and industry representatives to ensure compliance and help business meet their occupational health, safety and welfare obligations.

Energy efficiency and the environment

Your Energy Savings – Department of Industry, Innovation & Science

Information about saving energy, saving money and available government assistance.

Environment Protection Authority (EPA) South Australia
Tel:  (08) 8204 2004 Web

Work with business and industry to help them reduce their impact on the environment and use their resources more efficiently.