Associations and governing bodies

Do you need assistance with your business? You have a range of options at your disposal from industry-focused bodies.

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Australian Businesswomen’s Network (ABN)
Provides resources and education for women in business as well as aiming to help businesswomen reach their full potential with access to mentors and role models.

Australian Copyright Council
Helps creators and copyright owners protect their rights under Australian law.

Australian Industry Group
Provides workplace solutions, advice, support and representation to members of the manufacturing, construction, engineering and service industries.

Australian Retailers Association Victoria
Provides information and services to retailers and represents their interests.

Australian Venture Capital Association
Represents the venture capital industry’s participants, promotes the industry and encourages investment in growing business enterprises.

Family Business Australia
Provides access to specialist family business services in order to contribute to the sustainability of family businesses.

Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Represents employers in Victoria and provides information and networking opportunities to businesses.

IP Australia
Administers Australia’s IP rights system, specifically patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights.

Department of Employment
The Department of Employment is the lead government agency providing national leadership in education and workplace training, transition to work and conditions and values in the workplace.

The Small Business Institute
Includes the Emergency Resource Portal — your one-stop destination for managing all types of emergencies that could affect your business on any day at any time.

Governing bodies

Victorian Small Business Commission

The Victorian Small Business Commission (VBSC) promotes fairness and competition for small business through advocacy, dispute resolution, monitoring and engagement.

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) is an independent advocate for small business owners.

Its duties include:

  • conducting inquiries and research
  • working with government
  • promoting good business practice.