Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

I want advice and assistance

To support your small business to succeed, the Australian Government has a range of advice and assistance services available in each state and territory. 

Free legal advice service for small and family businesses

Is this for my business?

  • I need legal advice

If you are a small business needing help to navigate complex industrial relations laws, the Fair Work Commission can help.

They can provide free and independent legal advice to eligible small and family business employers and individual employees who need assistance with industrial relations laws and disputes.

Visit the Fair Work Commission Workplace advice service page to access the legal support service available in your state or territory.

Small Business Concierge Service providing support for tax disputes

Is this for my business?

  • My business is facing a tax dispute
  • My business needs legal council

From 1 March 2019, the Office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) will assist small businesses in dispute with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) process.

Through the Small Business Concierge Service, small business owners will be guided through the AAT system, costs and timelines to support a timely resolution. The ASBFEO will also provide access to legal advice for unrepresented small business taxpayers, using a list of lawyers with tax litigation, AAT and small business experience.

Find out more about the Small Business Concierge Service

Where the ATO engages external legal counsel in the AAT and the small business does not have legal representation, the ATO will cover the cost of providing the small business with equivalent legal representation. If the ATO appeals the AAT decision to the Federal Court it will pay the small business’s reasonable legal costs.

Healthy mind – healthy business

Is this for my business?

  • I need mental health resources for myself and my staff

Small business owners face a range of unique challenges that can have a significant affect on their mental health.

Ahead for Business has been developed to support small business owners to take action on their own mental health and well-being. It includes a digital platform that connects small business owners to tools and interventions tailored to their specific needs.

Download the Mental Health Check-up App

Take practical steps to look after your health with the Mental Health Toolkit

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Last modified on Thursday 11 April 2019 [9716|113826]