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General Business Resources

Annual Business Survey

Local businesses are encouraged to take part in the annual Victor Harbor Business Survey.

The survey is a collaboration between the City of Victor Harbor and Business Victor Harbor, and seeks to provide a clearer understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face our business community.

Your responses will help council and Business Victor Harbor tailor their support services for local businesses. The focus this year will be to hear from local businesses about how the drought is impacting upon their business while understanding the skills and training gaps being faced by local businesses.

Businesses who complete the survey will go in the draw to win an iPad mini sponsored by Business Victor Harbor.

View the key findings report from previous surveys:

2019 Victor Harbor Business Survey – Key Findings Report

2018 Victor Harbor Business Survey – Key Findings Report(583 kb)

2017 Victor Harbor Business Survey – Key Findings Report(583 kb)

2016 Victor Harbor Business Survey – Key Findings Report(390 kb)

Handy Links

Member Only Resources

Support Services references for members


City of Victor Harbor – http://www.victor.sa.gov.au

Business Enterprise Centres

Business Enterprise Centres Australia – http://www.becaustralia.org.au/

Polaris Business & Innovation Centre – http://www.polariscentre.com.au/

Digital Business

Stay Safe Online

Stay Smart Online (SSO) is the Australian Government’s online safety and security service, designed to help everyone understand the risks and the simple steps to take to protect personal and financial information online.

Web: https://www.cyber.gov.au/

.au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA)
Tel: 1300 732 929
Web: www.auda.org.au

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

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Web: www.accc.gov.au/publications/consumer-product-safety-online

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
Web: www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/internet/stay-smart-onlineUnderstand the risks and simple steps you can take to protect your business, customer and supplier sensitive personal and financial information online


Business SA
Tel: (08) 8300 0000
Web: business-sa.com
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
Web: www.fairwork.gov.au
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.

Work Ready
Web: www.skills.sa.gov.au
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
Web: www.eoc.sa.gov.au
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.

Return To Work SA
Tel: 131 855
Web: www.rtwsa.com

Formerly known as WorkCover SA, Return To Work SA 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
Web: www.fwc.gov.au
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
Web: www.safework.sa.gov.au
Works with employers, employees, unions and industry representatives to ensure compliance and help business meet their occupational health, safety and welfare obligations.


Industry Capability Network South Australia (ICNSA)
Tel: 1300 553 309
Web: www.icnsa.org.au
Fosters opportunities for local businesses to capitalise on major projects planned or underway in South Australia.

Australian Trade Commission – Austrade
Web: www.austrade.gov.au

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

Department of Innovation and Skilils
Web: https://innovationandskills.sa.gov.au/

The Department for Innovation and Skills is responsible for supporting South Australia’s future economy, creating prosperity and opportunity for the people that choose to live and work in our State.

Department of Trade and Investment
Information and support for the economic growth of the State and supporting new investment and export capability.
Visit https://dti.sa.gov.au/

Legal and Financial

Australian Competition Consumer Commission
Tel: 1300 302 502
Web: www.accc.gov.au
Ensures that individuals and businesses comply with the Commonwealth competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws.

Revenue SA
Web: www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au
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
Web: www.franchise.org.au
The industry representative body for the Australian franchise sector, representing franchisors, franchisees and suppliers to the sector.

Pority (AFSA)
Tel: 1300 364 785
Web: www.afsa.gov.au
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
Web: www.cbs.sa.gov.au

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
Web: www.ipaustralia.gov.au
Administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights.

CPA Australia Find a Certified Practicing Accountant
Tel: 1300 73 73 73
Web: www.cpaaustralia.com.au

Legal Services Commission of South Australia
Tel: 1300 366 424
Web: www.lsc.sa.gov.au
Provide community education, legal representation and free 30 minute legal advice appointments.

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
Tel: 13 28 66
Web: www.ato.gov.au
Provides taxation information and offers a Small Business Assistance Program for Australian businesses.

Revenue SA
Payroll tax and other taxes affecting small business. 
Visit www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au

Registering Your Business

Australian Business Licence Information Service (ABLIS)
Tel: 1800 188 018
Web: ablis.business.gov.au
Provides information on licenses, registrations and permits required to operate your business in South Australia.

Australian Business Register (ABR)
Tel: 13 92 26
Web: www.abr.gov.au

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
Web: www.asic.gov.au                                                                                                      Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator. Register your company or business name.

Support for Small Business

Small Business Contact Service
Tel: 1300 142 820
A free telephone service linking business to information, counselling advice and services.

SA Business Information Hub
Web: https://business.sa.gov.au/
Information, services and resources to help you successfully start, run and grow your South Australian small business.

Family Business Australia (FBA)
Tel: 1800 249 357
Web: https://www.familybusiness.org.au/

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

Small Business Commissioner 
Tel:(08) 8303 2026/Toll free 1800 072 722
Web: www.sasbc.sa.gov.au
Small businesses need a competitive and fair operating environment to grow. The Office of the Small Business Commissioner will provide services whereby disputes can be resolved with as little stress as possible to small business operators. The Commissioner also provides information to improve the capacity of small businesses to manage their affairs and inform their decision making, so that disputes are less likely to occur.

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

Web: www.business.gov.au
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.

Office of the Industry Advocate
Advice and support for SA businesses looking to tender for State Government contracts. 
Visit www.industryadvocate.sa.gov.au


New Venture Institute (NVI) at Flinders University
Web: www.nviflinders.com.au
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

Email: [email protected]
Web: www.grantassist.sa.gov.au
businesses across all industry sectors.

Additionally, Grant funding can be available from the Local Council and Government departments through press advertisements advice.