General business information research

One of the most challenging aspects of running your own business is the need to understand a diverse range of issues. From how to employ staff to ways that you can find information about your competitors, there are many areas that you need to be aware of. The following organisations can help you research and understand key information about a range of general business issues.


Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

You must keep your workplace safe. The WorkSafe website has a range of work, health and safety resources, information and advice. Learn more about the Injury prevention and management program for Queensland businesses.

There are other WorkSafe resources available, including work health and safety training.

Australian Government

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) provides a range of information, including business names, company names, starting, protecting and closing a small business, and Indigenous corporations. – use this website to find information, templates and support services as you start and run your business. Here you will find information from Australian, state, territory and local governments, as well as many industry and business associations.

Find more sources for market research.


Libraries can provide you with a range of resources across all major business areas. You can learn from books, magazines, newspapers, journals, CDs, DVDs, eBooks and databases. Your local library may provide you with an inter-library loan service so you can borrow items from other libraries, including the State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

As Queensland's reference library, the SLQ has an extensive collection of resources including information on industry and product information, commerce, statistics, banking, insurance, economics, finance, investment, marketing and more. Search the SLQ catalogue.

Queensland Government

The Queensland Government has a range of departments and agencies that can assist you as you start and run your business in Queensland.

Find a Queensland Government department.

Online Australian directories

Thryv Australia offers an integrated network of directories to help Australians find, buy and sell. Thryv produces a range of reports and guides to help small businesses. You can also search Thryv's directories to find information about your competitors.

Visit Thryv Australia.

You can search Yellow Pages to find competitors, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and other organisations. Finding out where your competitors are located can help you to decide the best location for your business.

Search Yellow Pages.

Risk management

Queensland Reconstruction Authority

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority has delivered the Queensland strategy for disaster resilience. This may be helpful as you assess the risks of natural disasters to your business.

Business organisations

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ)

If you need business advice, assistance and services, CCIQ can help. CCIQ is Queensland's leading business association.

Find out how CCIQ can help you with advocacy and employer assistance.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

ACCI is Australia's peak council of business organisations. ACCI publishes and distributes high quality research and reports on a range of issues that may be relevant to your business.

Visit ACCI.

Franchise Council of Australia (FCA)

FCA offers a range of services including consulting, directories of franchises for sale and businesses looking to sell, courses, education, networking and events. If you're interested in becoming a franchisee or franchisor, FCA has the information and advice to help you. FCA is the peak body for Australia's franchise sector.

Find out more about franchising on the FCA website.

Women's Network Australia

Women's Network Australia originated in Queensland and is now Australia's leading networking organisation for women in business. It offers business support, online services, business education and networking events.

Learn more about Women's Network Australia.

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