Growing your business

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Business grants and assistance

A number of grants and resources are available to assist local businesses.

Federal Government grants

You can access incentives to help with research and development, support for small business, tax concessions and assistance for industries in transition through the Australian Government's Business website.

Business Victoria grants

Find funding, grants and assistance through the Business Victoria website.


You can get help with turning new ideas, inventions and innovations into viable products and businesses through the not-for-profit organisation, INNOVIC. For more information, visit the INNOVIC website.

Intellectual Property Explorer

Businesses can get help identifying and managing their patents, trademarks and other intellectual property through the free online resource, Intellectual Property Explorer. Intellectual Property Explorer provides:

  • plain English definitions of intellectual property terms
  • a step-by-step guide to reviewing your intellectual property
  • practical advice on avoiding commercial risks, such as legal action with employees or third parties

For more information, visit the Intellectual Property Explorer website.

IP Australia

You can register and maintain your patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights online through the Australian Government’s IP Australia website.

Skills Victoria

Investing in training means investing in the future health of your business. Skills Victoria supports and facilitates access to training and tertiary education opportunities so that Victorians can acquire higher skills that are used by, and contribute to the success of, Victorian businesses. For more information, visit the Skills Victoria website.

Victorian Government Business Office

You can access programs and services from many state and federal government agencies through the  Victorian Government Business Office. Based at University Hill, Bundoora, the Northern Metropolitan Region office is part of a state-wide network. For more information, contact the Bundoora office on 9935 0600. Find out more about Victorian Government Business Offices.

Business opportunities

Council tenders

We advertise tenders for our major works, goods and services. Our public tenders are usually advertised in the local government tenders section of Saturday’s The Age newspaper, listed on Regional Industry Link and our website. Access our current tenders.


Businesses that are thinking about or already exporting can access advice, information and services through the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), the Australian Government’s trade and investment agency. For more information, visit the Austrade website.

You can also find out about export opportunities, export grants and assistance, and make export-related contacts, through the Victorian Government’s website, Export Connections.

Australian Made, Australian Grown

Research shows that 65 per cent of consumers strongly prefer Australian Made logoto buy locally made products, so becoming an Australian Made, Australian Grown (AMAG) licensee can be an effective way to reach these markets.

The Australian Made, Australian Grown (AMAG) campaign was launched in 1986, and the green and gold logo is now Australia’s most recognised and trusted product symbol. The City of Whittlesea is a proud campaign supporter.

For more information, visit the Australian Made, Australian Grown website.

Last Updated: 01 September 2015


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