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Essential business finance information to help Australian business owners

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THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP Minister for Housing Minister for Homelessness Minister for Small Business

SENATOR THE HON KATE LUNDY Minister for Sport Minister for Multicultural Affairs Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Essential business finance information to help Australian business owners

Australian business owners can build their financial knowledge using a free online resource developed by the Gillard Government.

The new Business Finances topic, available on the website, includes practical information on managing and seeking finance and was developed in conjunction with business and finance experts..

Minister for Small Business Brendan O’Connor said the resource is about giving business owners the skills to take a leading role in managing their finances.

“Many small business owners are terrific at their trade or profession but don’t have the same skills when it comes to running a business,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Managing business finances can be a complex and overwhelming task for any business owner.

“This new resource will give our small business owners the tools they need to deal with experts such as banks, lenders and accountants with confidence.

“They’ll get essential business finance information in an easy-to-read, online format, with a handy glossary of complex financial terminology.

“While professional help is strongly encouraged, it’s essential that business owners have a good understanding of their financial affairs because ultimately it’s their own business

that’s at stake.”

The Business Finances topic provides information on a range of common finance issues, including setting up a bookkeeping system, preparing financial reports and applying for finance.

Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Senator Kate Lundy, said is leading the way in delivering online services to support Australian businesses.

“Having this information available online ensures business owners have the ability to develop their financial knowledge at a time and pace that suits them,” Senator Lundy said.

“The new Business Finance topic complements’s growing online library of business topics.

“Business owners can also access other free online resources on, including a new suite of business planning iPad apps and search tools that make it easier to find government support.”

The website brings together information from all levels of government to help start, run and grow Australian businesses. It is managed by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education with the support of state and territory governments.

To start building your financial knowledge visit

Media Adviser:

Maria Hawthorne (O’Connor) 0407 015 986 / Jessica Hill (Lundy) 0407 926 077