Starting a new business

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Welcome! Moyne is a fantastic place to do business. Setting up a new business can be an exciting time, but there are many things to think about and be ready for. Pouring time into proper planning is always worth it. Below are some handy hints to get you on your way.



Understanding how people live and work in the Shire, and what kinds of businesses operate here, can be helpful as you plan your business. Take a look at our economic and community profiles.




You may need assistance or advice with building or planning permits, or government or industry regulations. To see if this applies to your new business, please contact our Economic Development unit on 5568 0573.

The Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) is a quick and easy online service that will help you find out about all the licences, permits, approvals, standards and guidelines that you need to know about.

Enter your business details into the ABLIS search and receive your personalised report that includes:

  • Local, State and Australian Government regulations and requirements relevant to your business
  • Licence fees
  • Application processes and forms
  • Periods of cover
  • Renewals

Visit ABLIS online:

For planning or building permits, you may wish to engage a planner to help navigate the process. The planning process can be lengthy and complex (depending on your specific project) and and you might find it's worth the investment to employ a planner to work on your behalf. This is like getting a lawyer for legal advice, an accountant to help with finance or tax concerns, or a builder to undertake construction work. Qualified planners understand the state and local Planning Schemes as well as non-Council related tasks that might impact your works.


You will generally need to register a business name if you conduct business or trade within Australia and you are not trading under your own name. Visit the Australian Securities & Investments Commission website to register your business name.


It’s not mandatory to have an Australian Business Number (ABN), but there are a few good reasons why you should. An ABN allows you to:

  • facilitate a single Business Activity Statement (BAS)
  • confirm your business identity to others when ordering and invoicing
  • avoid Pay as You Go (PAYG) tax on payments you receive
  • claim Goods and Services Tax (GST) credits
  • claim energy grants credits
  • obtain an Australian domain name

Visit the Australian Business Register online to register for an ABN:,-Super-funds---Charities/Applying-for-an-ABN/


Council offers a range of workshops and business events throughout the year that may assist you during your start-up. There are also many helpful online resources you can access during a new business start-up.

We recommend registering with Business Victoria to receive information and advice on business start-ups including:

  • how to write a business plan
  • choosing the right business structure
  • finding the right insurance
  • starting a home-based business
  • buying an existing business or franchise, and much more

Visit Business Victoria's website:

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) offers information and advice for new business start-ups about:

  • advertising and selling
  • managing online reviews
  • business rights and protections
  • treating customers fairly, and much more

Visit the ACCC website:

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) offers information and advice for new business start-ups on:

  • choosing your business structure
  • setting up your invoicing, payments and records systems
  • what you can claim
  • annual tax returns, and much more