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Starting a business

Where to go for assistance

Small Business Development Corporation

For more than thirty years the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) has helped thousands of small businesses get started through delivery of relevant and practical support. With experienced business advisors offering help via phone, email or in person, and a range of practical templates, guides and tools, SBDC has all the resources needed to confidently start a small business in Perth.

They can help with:

Discover more on the Small Business Development Corporation website.

You are also invited to join more than 3,500 WA small business owners at the Facebook group ‘I’m a small business owner in Western Australia’, a great place to gain knowledge from your peers.

Key contact:

Small Business Development Corporation
Telephone: 133 140
Website: Small Business Development Corporation

Temporary spaces and pop ups

There are a number of opportunities for businesses to secure short-term leases in vacant commercial premises through the city. Take a space for one week, one month or one year and take advantage of the flexibility of a short-term commitment that enables you to experience a new location, trial a product, test the marketplace or gain exposure for your business.

Activate Perth - Fill this Space

Fill this Space provides start ups and not-for-profits with the opportunity to trial their business concept through a short term, rent free, rolling lease model that connects emerging initiatives to property owners looking to activate their buildings.

Visit Activate Perth


Connect with space owners, exchange questions, confirm dates and pay through a secure portal.

Visit Popupshopup


Spacemarket automatically matches businesses that share your taste. When you decide to share a space with others, you will be added to a group which will fill automatically.

Visit Spacemarket


SpacetoCo is a marketplace for the short-term hire of community spaces. You can see availability then book and pay for halls, studios, boardrooms, consulting rooms, pop-up retail spaces and more. Discover the spare and secret spaces available in the city. 

Visit SpacetoCo   

Co-working spaces

The City of Perth seeks to support and attract new businesses to the city and is excited to share the range of co-working spaces available with prime CBD, St Georges Terrace addresses. There are a range of offers available to suit all market needs. For an up-to-date list of Perth's many co-working spaces, please visit the Think Perth website.

Visit Think Perth