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Business Support and Networks

The Victorian Government's Skilled and Business Migration Program provides a range of free services to help business migrants to link to commercial opportunities, and help them to settle in Victoria. 

Business Victoria

Business Victoria is the link between business and government. It helps business to grow by making compliance easier, solving problems and improving skills.

These handy resources on the Business Victoria website will help you in your journey to set up a small business in Victoria:

Victorian Government Business Offices

Visit one of the Victorian Government Business Offices (VGBO) in Melbourne and across regional Victoria that offer support to small businesses. To find your nearest VGBO, visit the Business Victoria website.

Small Business Mentoring Service

Another source of support and information is the Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS). A non-profit, independent organisation that provides business counselling and mentoring to small and medium business operators across Victoria. SBMS mentors are experienced business people with proven track records in a diverse range of industries. For a small fee, they give advice about most aspects of business management. is a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.  They offer a number of handy tools, such as:

Local Government support

Local councils in Victoria usually have a business development unit that can provide a wealth of information and services for businesses within their municipality. To find your local council and the information they offer visit the Know Your Council website.

Industry associations

Visit our guide to Victorian Industries to find out which industry associations and professional bodies represent your industry. Many industry groups run seminars and networking events that can help business migrants build a business in Victoria.

Other assistance

Other assistance is available from migration agents, accountants and legal firms as well as community and employer groups. For more information about support available to business migrants, please contact us