Access Canberra - shopfronts, call handling, online services and regulation

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra supports and connects the community with ACT Government services. Its aim is to promote good governance and provide great service, with a particular focus on helping local entrepreneurs understand and comply with the regulations needed to establish a new business or hold an event, while ensuring at all times that public safety is maintained.

Access Canberra is at the forefront of the Government's program of regulatory reform and helps drive red tape reduction.

It brings together shopfronts, call handling, online services and regulatory arms (including business licencing, event approvals and births deaths & marriages) into a single service. Pulling these functions together across government for the first time is a significant reform in municipal services for the people of Canberra.

The Access Canberra website provides a gateway to services provided by the ACT Government - what they are, how much they cost, where to pay for them and who to contact for further information. The site includes ACT Government forms and a secure bill payment portal that allows you to pay many different ACT Government bills and services.

Australian Business Licence and Information Service

Federal Government

ABLIS helps you find the government licences, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines you need to know about to meet your compliance responsibilities. If you are starting, operating, growing, or closing a business, ABLIS will reduce the run-around and give you the time to get on with business.


Federal Government

The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) is the Australian Government's trade and investment development agency, operating as a statutory agency within the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio.

Business name and ABN registration

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

The ACT Government no longer has responsibility for administration of business names in the ACT. An online national business name registration service has replaced separate state and territory services so businesses only need to register or renew a business name nationally and pay a single fee. The new national register is administered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Federal Government is an online government resource for the Australian business community. It provides business with a wide range of services and information about start-up, taxation, licensing and legislation, as well as significant transactions such as taxation compliance and licence applications.

Canberra Business Chamber

Canberra Business Chamber

Canberra Business Chamber connects members to learn from one another, to form strategic alliances and to develop the economic future of our region. CBC is the voice of the private sector, providing a forum for our members, industry and government to unite.

Canberra BusinessPoint

Business and Industry Development

Canberra BusinessPoint is an innovative and free service designed to deliver end-to-end advisory services for start-up businesses, young businesses, entrepreneurs, exporters and established enterprises.

Canberra Women in Business


Founded in 1992, Canberra Women in Business (formerly the Chamber of Women in Business) is an organisation created by women and run solely for women, to provide support and development opportunities for businesswomen in the Canberra region. Developing business skills, offering powerful connections in an environment tailored to the needs of women, Canberra Women in Business fosters the confidence to establish and grow successful businesses.

Federal Government is a resource for small business and community organisations that want to learn more about the benefits of an online presence and how to go about developing one.

Event planning

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

The ACT Government offers a range of advice and support to event planners to make their events successful. Assistance may include information about suitable locations, venues and times of the year to hold your event, viability of your event and its business model, funding and sponsorship opportunities, promotional opportunities for your event, assistance with event permits and approvals, assessment of risks and mitigation measures involved in staging an event and facilitation of operational requirements such as waste, parking enforcements and road closures.

Fair Work Commission

Federal Government

The Fair Work Commission is Australia’s national workplace relations tribunal and is responsible for maintaining a safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions, as well as a range of other workplace functions and regulation. The knowledge and experience of Commission Members is available to Australian workplaces to resolve disputes and support workplace bargaining.

Indigenous Business Australia

Federal Government

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) helps create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities to build assets and wealth.

Industry Capability Network (ACT)

Business Development

The Industry Capability Network (ACT) is part of an Australian-New Zealand (ANZ) network of ICN, promoting business opportunities for buyers and sellers of ANZ value-added goods and services. It assists buyers to locate supplies of goods and services and acts as an advocate in maximising their business opportunities.

Innovate Canberra

Business Development

Innovate Canberra provides a range of programs and support to the ACT business community and new entrepreneurs to help them start, prosper and grow. Programs include business advice, grant funding, skilled and business migration, and trade and export programs.

Safe Work Australia

Federal Government

The Safe Work Australia Council drives national policy development on OHS and workers compensation matters and specifically to achieve significant and continual reductions in the incidence of death, injury and disease in the workplace; achieve national uniformity of the OHS legislative framework complemented by a nationally consistent approach to compliance policy and enforcement policy; and improve national workers compensation arrangements.

Procurement and Capital Works

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Procurement and Capital Works is the ACT Government's centre of expertise for procurement matters, providing procurement-related services to ACT Government directorates. Here you will find information about ACT Government procurement including the publication of contracts, prequalification and a variety of information in relation to goods, services and works.

WorkSafe ACT

ACT Workcover

WorkSafe ACT's role is to enforce the Territory's health and safety and workers' compensation laws through a mixture of education and compliance activities.

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