Starting a business

starting business

If it's a new business idea or you’re looking to take over an existing operation, get accurate information about all aspects of running a business.

Starting and growing a business can be exciting, overwhelming and a continual ‘work in progress’ journey.

At any stage, it is important you have done your research and considered if your product or service is right for your potential customers and provides value within the market at the time.

Darebin Business Kit

Are you starting, opening, growing or transferring to a new business? The Darebin Business Kit is a welcoming and helpful guide to Council resources, the Economic Recovery and Resilience Team and support on areas including:

  • Business Permits
  • Retail Activity Centre Support
  • Business Support and Programs including making your business more sustainable, accessible and inclusive, business skill development, recruiting and retaining staff and business resources, tools and events
  • Selling to Council
  • Reporting an issue.

Download the Darebin Business Kit(PDF, 4MB)

If you would like the Business Kit in Tiếng Việt or 中文 or 简体中文, please email

If you would like to speak to one of our team members in your language, call our Multilingual Telephone Line on 03 8470 8470, name your language and ask to speak to the Economic Recovery and Resilience team.

Darebin Business Map

Darebin Business Map

As part of our Love Local campaign, we have built the Darebin Business Map to encourage the Darebin and the wider community to shop and eat locally, to source supplies from local businesses and to engage local professionals.

Business Victoria

Business Victoria has resources to assist you include information on:

There are also business permits to consider. Whether you’re a new or established business, you will likely need one or more permits to operate. We have a dedicated team to help guide your business through the Better Approval Program (BAP). Find out more about business permits.

Additional resources

Please see business resources and support and Business grants and tenders.

More information

Business Development
Phone: 03 8470 8344