Business Info


RDA Gold Coast is a proud sponsor of the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards, the region's leading honours for business achievements.

Each month, awards are presented in 11 categories. At the end of the year, all the monthly winners vie for annual awards in each category and compete for the Business of the Year Award honour at a black-tie Gala Awards Dinner, to be held in November.

Entries are due by 5:00pm on the 1st of each month from May to October inclusive. Where the 1st of the month falls on a weekend or a public holiday, entries will be due on the first working day after the weekend or public holiday.


Small businesses on the Gold Coast have access to the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solutions program. The program provides low cost, high quality online workshops, webinars and one-on-one virtual consultations to help small businesses enhance their online presence and compete in a digital world. 



Starting or Growing a Small Business
Business Queensland

A broad range of information, tools and support services offered by the Queensland Government to help you start, run or grow a small business.

The Australian Govenrment's business portal, with simple access to information on starting, running or exiting a business.


The Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) helps you find the licences and information you need for your business.

TAFE Small Business Solutions

Small Business Solutions helps you design and implement ideas for your business with workshops and one-on-one mentoring.

Mentoring for Growth

Mentoring for Growth (M4G) offers eligible businesses access to volunteer business experts who provide insights, options and suggestions relating to challenges and opportunities you are experiencing in your business.

Workplace Health & Safety Small Business Program

Resources, services and advisory visits to help small businesses stay safe, healthy and productive.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

NEIS provides accredited training, business mentoring and support to help eligible individuals start their own business.


From planning, finding local support, through to perfecting your pitch, the SelfStart website contains information and resources to support people through the stages of starting a business.

Finding Staff

jobactive employment providers can help you find the right staff, at no cost for your business, who are screened and job-ready.

Back to Work

The Queensland Government offers support payments of up to $20,000 are available for eligible employers who hire eligible unemployed jobseekers.

Department of Home Affairs

Provides information about employing and sponsoring overseas workers.

Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property Info Kit

The Queensland Government's intellectual property (IP) info kit will help you understand Australia's IP system and explain how to identify, protect and commercialise your business's IP.

IP Australia

Browse the Australian Government's intellectual property resources and downloads portal, with tools, publications, videos and more to help guide you with your IP needs.

Tendering for Government Business
Supplying to the City of Gold Coast

Visit the Procurement page on the City of Gold Coast website and learn how to supply to the City, find out about methods of procurement and current tender opportunities, sign up for tender alerts and learn how to submit a tender online using LG tender box.

Tendering for Business Workshops

The Queensland Government's regular Tendering for Business Workshops help you maximise your chances of winning work, including on major projects.

Capability Statement Workshops

Capability statements are a key requirement in the pre-qualification for government projects and tendering opportunities, as well as for private sector major projects and sub-contractor work. You will learn what a business capability statement is and why it is important to have one, how to access the latest information on Queensland's major projects, improve your understanding of the major projects supply chain and develop your draft business capability statement.

Connecting & Exporting

Efic is Australia’s export credit agency and provides Australian exporters with a range of specialist export finance solutions to help them grow internationally.

Trade & Investment Queensland

TIQ provides information and advice to help Queensland companies take advantage of export opportunities in markets around the world, with:

  • Consultation and planning services to meet your specific needs
  • Targeted international trade missions, exhibitions, inbound missions and in-market support
  • Industry events throughout the year, with opportunities to network and learn from specialists
  • Information on overseas markets and export opportunities for existing and new exporters


Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Advance Queensland

Browse programs and funding support for Queensland startups and entrepreneurs.

Innovate Queensland

Innovate Queensland helps small to medium enterprises grow through workshops and webinars on innovation, technology commercialisation, innovation planning and research, and design.

Entrepreneur's Program

The Entrepreneurs' Program is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity. It forms part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

The program offers support to businesses through four elements:

  • Accelerating commercialisation
  • Business management
  • Incubator support
  • Innovation Connections

Landing Pads

Provides Australian market-ready start ups the opportunity to access global innovation hubs in San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Berlin and Singapore and be immersed in an environment that will help them accelerate the design and development of their product or service business model.

City of Gold Coast Open for Business Program

The City's Open for Business Program has been designed to support the city’s potential high-growth businesses. Download the Business Toolkit and gain access to knowledge and mentoring that is needed to innovate and expand.

Market Insights & Analysis
Office of the Chief Economist

High quality economic analysis across industry, innovation, resources, energy and evaluation.

National Innovation Map

The interactive Innovation Map identifies the location of innovation activities (R&D expenditure, patent and trademark applicant counts) and business creation (new businesses) across Australia over time.

Industry Monitor 2018

The Industry Monitor is an interactive tool that provides a consolidated source of high-level data and economic indicators. Users can interact with the indicators, using the filters available, to best meet their needs.

Australian Industry Report

The annual Australian Industry Report provides an overview and analysis of the major economic factors affecting Australia’s industries.

Australian Innovation System Report

The annual Australian Innovation System Report explores the impact of innovation and related activities on business, industry and national performance. The report also outlines challenges and future opportunities for Australian innovation. &

Access openly available non-sensitive public data

Australian Bureau of Statistics

The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.