Small businesses in Queensland

Queensland is home to more than 438,000 small businesses (those employing less than 20 people) that are at the core of every industry sector. They are in every community in every region, represent over 97% of businesses statewide, and employ approximately 44% of all private sector workers.

Small businesses complement the economic activity of large organisations by providing them with goods and services and make up the backbone of the supply chains of larger projects. They power regional development and are the gateway through which many people enter the economy.

The Queensland Government offers a range of programs and resources to help small business to start, run and grow.

Download the Queensland Government's State of Small Business Queensland Report for key facts and statistics about small business in Queensland.

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Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016–20

The Queensland Government recognises the economic contribution of our small business sector and is committed to the growth and success of small business in our state. The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training has developed a new whole-of-government small business strategy for Queensland that will create an environment for small businesses to start, grow and employ.

Read the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016–20.

Queensland Small Business Champion

The Queensland Small Business Champion role was established under the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016–20 to provide a voice for Queensland small business and act as an interface between the Queensland and Australian Governments.

The Small Business Champion can discuss issues with the small business community. The Small Business Champion does not provide dispute resolution services but may refer small businesses to dispute resolution services offered by other organisations.

Contact the Small Business Champion at

National small business resources

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman provides advocacy and representation of small business interests and concerns to the Australian Government, including referral to business-to-business dispute resolution services.

The Australian Government publishes a range of key facts and statistics about small business in Australia.