Business Support

Livingstone Shire Council is committed to supporting local businesses.  When starting or expanding a business, information and advice at the early stages is critical. Below are links to resources available to you from across Council, government and other agencies.


Small Business Assistance (Grants and Funding Support)

The Queensland Government's Business and Industry Portal features useful interactive tools, information and support to make doing business with government faster and easier,  saving you time and money.

  • Starting a business: before you start, options, licensing, planning, legals, research, premises, suppliers
  • Running a business: money, sales, marketing, service, design, technology, tendering, risk, recovery, environment
  • Growing a business: ways to grow, rapid growth, mentoring, trends, tips, innovation, R&D, NPD, new customers, exporting
  • Support, tools, grants, services
  • Employing people: taking on staff, employee rights, payroll tax, managing staff, developing staff, ending employment
  • Exiting a business: ways to exit, closing, selling, valuing, succession planning

The Australian Government's online business portal offers advice on grants and assistance, programs to help businesses innovate, grow and succeed, business establishment and compliance, skills and training and a range of useful templates.

CCIQ's Definitive Guide to Starting a Small Business

CCIQ's Definitive Guide to Starting a Small Business (PDF, 1.62 MB) aims to give you the heads-up on what you need to begin and grow a business in Queensland.  It will assist you with where to start with:

  • Legislative requirements
  • Structuring your Business
  • Business Planning
  • Registering your Business
  • Insurance, Finance/Accounting
  • Record keeping
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Working online
  • Employing Staff
  • Taking your first steps as a business owner.


Go Digital

  • Through GoDigitalQld http://godigitalqld.dsiti.qld.gov.au/welcome-to-godigitalqld the Queensland Government is encouraging the use of digital technologies by government agencies, business and individuals, to create business opportunities, promote economic growth and improve the lives and lifestyles of Queenslanders.

Building your digital capability – Digital Scorecard
Work out your digital score to find out if your organisation is destined to thrive, succeed and compete in the global marketplace.
Understand how digitally prepared your organisation is by taking Queensland Government’s free, confidential online assessment and receive
a Digital Scorecard.


You will also:
  1. Gain tips on how your organisation can improve its digital capability
  2. Be able to compare your organisation with other similar ones in your region and industry
  3. Be notified about Digital Business Workshops in your area to help improve your digital score

Employment  Grants

          Back to Work Regional Queensland aims to give businesses the confidence to employ jobseekers in Queensland regions, with a focus on disadvantaged             jobseekers. It will provide an economic boost to Queensland regions facing challenging times. 

           Jobactive is the Australian Government’s way to get more Australians into work and provides links to jobactive providers and grant funding help for                      employers.

Start-Ups and entrepreneurs

  • The following agencies provide services and information to support new businesses.

Advance Queensland

  • Advance Queensland  is a comprehensive suite of programs designed to create the knowledge-based jobs of the future, drive productivity improvements and build on our natural advantages. It aims to help position Queensland as an attractive investment destination with a strong innovation and entrepreneurial culture.
  Entrepreneurs' Programme

  • Part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Entrepreneurs' Programme ( supports business competitiveness and productivity at the firm level.

Black Business Finder

Black Business Finder (BBF) is an online database established to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses a platform that can be assessed by government or businesses looking to source goods and services from Indigenous suppliers.