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Going into Business in Victoria

Victoria is a great place to start a business. Victoria has a first world, highly regulated economy and business framework. The Victorian Government provides a streamlined process for setting up a business.

Victoria’s business strengths

Victoria's industry strengths are in the agricultural, food, manufacturing, medical research, financial services, tourism and cultural industries. Victoria is Australia's leader in the new, knowledge-based industries such as information and communication technology, biotechnology, professional services, design, advanced manufacturing and environmental management.

Business migrants choose Victoria because it offers:

  • an open and transparent regulatory system
  • a stable political environment
  • advanced information and communication technologies
  • high-quality professional support services
  • low-cost infrastructure
  • an AAA economy rating from Standard and Poor's, and Moody's Investor Service
  • strong intellectual property safeguards
  • a modern, integrated transport network
  • a highly skilled, multicultural workforce
  • an abundance of raw materials
  • competitively priced office space and development sites
  • thriving regional centres
  • an Asian time zone.

Read more about Victoria's industries

Starting a business in Victoria

The Victorian Government provides a wealth of business information on the Business Victoria website. It provides in-depth information on:

  • starting and managing a business
  • licencing, regulation and tax obligations
  • export assistance

Speak to a qualified accountant, lawyer or other business professional to determine the best structure for your business and your registration requirements. See the Small Business Mentoring Program page on the Business Victoria website.

Australian Business Licence and Information Service

The Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) helps you find the government licences, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines you need to know about to meet your business compliance responsibilities.  Based on your business type and location it will outline which government licences and registrations apply to your business. See the ABLIS website for more details.



For those wishing to trade in the export or import of goods, Victoria provides excellent infrastructure throughout the state, including an integrated network of road, rail, sea and air transport, and access to regional, national and international markets.

Melbourne International Airport is Australia's largest 24-hour, curfew-free, freight and passenger airport. The Port of Melbourne is Australia's largest and most modern container-handling port, operating 24 hours a day. Victoria also operates regional ports.

Export support and assistance

Both the Victorian and the Australian Government support local businesses that export goods and services internationally.

Visit the Export and Trade section on the Business Victoria website for information about export support provided by the Victorian Government and visit the Austrade website for information about export support provided by the Australian Government.