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AusIndustry is the Australian Government's business unit within the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR). AusIndustry provides a range of incentives for Australian businesses to invest, innovate and be internationally competitive. AusIndustry products cover a range of industry sectors and business needs.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

Over As the Australian Government's national statistical service, the ABS is the largest provider of statistics used to inform research, discussion and decision-making within governments and the community.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

An independent Commonwealth statutory authority formed in 1995 to administer the Trade Practices Act 1974 and other acts.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator.

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

The Australian Taxation Office is the Government’s principal revenue collection agency, and is part of the Treasurer’s portfolio. Our role is to manage and shape tax, excise and superannuation systems that fund services for Australians.

Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)

The Australian Government’s trade commission for Australian exporters and information for companies wanting to do business with Australia.

A business gateway to government information and services. It is a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and running your business.


CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR)

The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) strives as a key priority to encourage the sustainable growth of Australian industies by developing a national innovation system that drives knowledge creation, cutting edge science and research, international competitiveness and greater productivity.


Your government community grants site. Helps you find the best source of funding for community projects and assists you to complete application forms.

Industry Capability Network (ICN)

ICN is a national network of independent industry consultancies, which are managed by industry and sponsored by state governments, to achieve beneficial outcomes for local industry (Australian and NZ) and the local economy. ICN provides a unique range of services to project proponents and local suppliers, from 24 offices throughout Australia, and from one office in New Zealand.

IP Australia

IP Australia is the Federal Government agency responsible for granting rights in patents, trade marks and designs - all types of intellectual property (IP).

NSW Office of Fair Trading

The Office of Fair Trading safeguards consumer rights and advises business and traders on fair and ethical practice. Traders and business people can register business names and obtain the licences and certificates they need to operate in New South Wales.

NSW Business Advisory Services

The NSW Government supports business advisory services to people starting and operating a business.

NSW Business Licence Information Service (BLIS)

The Business Licence Information Service is provided by the NSW Government to help you find information about licenses, permits and other regulations that you might need in order to run a business in NSW.

NSW Small Business

The New South Wales Government information website for people starting and managing small business.

Hunter Region Links

Honeysuckle Development Corporation

The Honeysuckle Development Corporation, established in 1992, is a NSW State Government organisation responsible for one of Australia’s largest urban renewal projects. It is redeveloping 50 hectares of derelict land and buildings along Newcastle Harbour, adjacent to the CBD.

The Business Centre

The Business Centre is a community-based, not-for-profit, business assistance organisation which is owned and supported by the local community and funded by both State and Commonwealth Governments.

Hunter Business Chamber

Hunter Business Chamber is the independent representative organisation for Australia’s largest regional business community.

Hunter Business Review

The Hunter's own monthly magazine dedicated to the news, views and issues of concern to business people in the growing Hunter region.

Hunter Community College Inc

The Hunter Community College, is the second largest Adult and Community Education provider in the Hunter.

Hunter Councils

Hunter Development Corporation

The Hunter Development Corporation is working to continue the process of revitalisation across a range of sectors in the Hunter community.

Hunter Founders Forum

Founders Forum is an angel investor network devoted to assisting early-stage investment opportunities. Members from throughout the Hunter invest, sit on boards, make introductions, consult and share their experiences with other angels and business associates.

Hunter Institute of TAFE

Over the past 100 years, TAFE NSW Hunter Institute has become a highly respected provider of quality vocational education and training, and has developed an innovative and responsive outlook essential in today’s technologically driven workplace.

HunterNet Co-operative Limited

HunterNet is a co-operative of innovative manufacturers, engineers, IT providers, electrical and consulting companies in the Hunter Valley. HunterNet’s vision is: “to further develop and strengthen it’s position as the pre-eminent manufacturing network in the Hunter Region.”

Hunter Region BEC

The Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre (HRBEC), located in Kurri Kurri with outreach offices in Cessnock, Maitland, Dungog and the Upper Hunter Councils, is an autonomous non-profit organisation set up to provide business assistance and skills development to new and existing businesses.

Hunter Region Tourism Organisation

The Hunter Regional Tourism Organisation creates awareness and assists in increasing the profile of the region through advertising, promotion, public relations, information and publications, industry development and trade marketing.


HunterTech is a consortium of Hunter based Information Technology and Communications companies. By aligning the capabilities of a cluster of specialist Information Technology & Telecommunications companies, HunterTech provides clients with access to a comprehensive range of solutions.

Hunter Valley Research Foundation (HVRF)

With nearly 50 years research experience the Hunter Valley Research Foundation (HVRF) is a leader in socio-economic, market and demographic research in Australia.

Industry Capability Network (ICN) Hunter

ICN is a national network of independent industry consultancies, which are managed by industry and sponsored by state governments, to achieve beneficial outcomes for local industry (Australian and NZ) and the local economy.

Lake Macquarie Business Centre

The Lake Macquarie Business Centre (LMBC) provides an environment that supports start-up business and encourages developing sustainable business enterprises. The purpose of the Centre is to assist in job growth and enhance the regions economic prosperity.

Newcastle & Hunter Business Directory

Newcastle City Council

Newcastle Innovation

Newcastle Innovation, formerly TUNRA (The University of Newcastle Research Associates), is the commercial arm of the University of Newcastle.

Newcastle Law Society

The Newcastle Law Society is a regional law society which represents almost 600 solicitors, both in the private and public sectors in the Newcastle area.

Newcastle Master Builders Association

Since 1874, Master Builders Association, as the peak Building Industry employer body in the region, has been providing professional, specialist information, services and advice as an integral part of enhancing to its members’ businesses.

Newcastle Visitor Centre

Regional Development Australia - Hunter

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a joint Commonwealth-State initiative to support regional development. Funded by the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and State Government to be key facilitators of change and development in their regions.

University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is a successful world-class university that demonstrates excellence in teaching and research.