Business Resources

Thinking of starting a new business, or need help achieving your business goals? There are a range of business resources available.


Australian Government is an online government resource for the Australian business community. It provides a range of free tools and resources. The website focuses on all areas of planning, starting, running and exiting a business, including links to various government websites.

Here are some key Govt resources for small business


NSW Government

Business Connect

The Business Connect program is funded by the NSW Government. It is a dedicated and personalised program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business.

Whether you are just starting out with a great business idea or looking to expand and grow your business, Business Connect services can help you on your journey to business success.

The provider of the Business Connect program in the North Sydney Local Government Area is Realise Business.

Easy to do Business

The NSW Government’s Easy to do Business program brings agencies, local councils and industry bodies together to make the process of opening or expanding a small business simpler and faster. The current focus is on cafes, restaurants and small bars. North Sydney Council joined the program on 29 June 2018.

Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner

The role of the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner is to help small businesses operate as professionally, as efficiently and as successfully as they can. Support provided by the Office includes:

  • serving as a neutral party in mediation and dispute resolution between small businesses or between a small business and a larger one or between a small business and government
  • providing high quality business advice and advisors with access to world class tools
  • speaking up for small businesses within government


TAFE NSW is the leading provider of vocational education and training in Australia. The nearest TAFE NSW campus is St Leonards.

Here are some links to other NSW Government websites. 


North Sydney Council

Business Regulations

The Regulations for all Businesses and Regulations for Specific Businesses including Food webpages give an overview of information for a running business. 

Development Applications

If you are considering carrying out additions/renovations to your home or commercial premises we offer a free service to help you get started. In the first instance we suggest you call Council and make a planning enquiry by phone. We will take your details and a Planning Advisor will call to discuss your questions face-to-face, usually within 24 hours.

North Sydney Business Network and Business E-News

Get events and more in our monthly business e-newsletter, subscribe to North Sydney Business Network and Business E-News.

Sustainable Business Service

We have several programs enabling you to do business more sustainably - access our free Sustainable Business service.


Chambers of commerce

Neutral Bay Chamber of Commerce

The Neutral Bay Chamber of Commerce is closely aligned with the North Sydney Council and is active in promoting the beautification of the suburb through the successful delivery of mainstreet projects.

North Sydney Chamber of Commerce

The North Sydney Chamber of Commerce provides events and services for businesses in the North Sydney Local Government Area.

NSW Business Chamber

This is the state's peak business organisation. NSW Business Chamber is an independent not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes to maximise their potential.


Other organisations

ACU Collaborate Plus

ACU Collaborate Plus, based at the Australian Catholic University, aims to support and develop fledgling businesses and small-to-medium enterprises through the sharing of resources, knowledge, research and expertise.

Better Business Partnership

The Better Business Partnership (BBP) aims to assist small-to-medium enterprises achieve local recognition through social and environmental sustainability initiatives.

North Sydney Innovation Network

The North Sydney Innovation Network aims to promote and enhance the fast growing contribution of innovation related businesses on the lower north shore of Sydney, bringing together people in business from different industries and sectors.


For further information contact James Marshall, Economic Development Coordinator, on tel: 9936 8181 or email