Manningham Council has an Economic Development and Tourism Team to support local business, attract new business and investment to Manningham and help develop leading local businesses.

Working in partnership with relevant State, Federal and regional agencies the Economic Development and Tourism Team ensures that local businesses have access to resources, sector trends and innovative practices.

Council also promotes Manningham's tourism attractions to encourage visitors to the area and increase spending within the local economy.

Council offers many valuable resources for business owners in the area, including:

The training and events cover a variety of topics that may be useful to new or established business operators (including home based businesses).

Search our comprehensive local business directory or join the Local Directory at no cost and be rewarded with a spotlight on your business.  The directory provides information on local businesses, including type of service, location and contact details.

For more information call Council's Business and Project Support Officer on 9840 9310 or email

Fairtrade Community

Manningham City Council achieved its Fair Trade Community Status in 2013 by the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Being a Fairtrade community means that Manningham is addressing the injustices of trade which discriminates against the poorest and weakest producers in developing countries.

Fairtrade provides farmers and workers with a fair price for their produce. This protects them from world market prices and allows them to compete in the global economy.

A number of businesses within the municipality are Fairtrade certified with products that carry the Fairtrade Mark.

By making local investments in fairtrade products, residents and businesses in Manningham can make a global, positive impact.

Federal and State Government Regulations

Did you know that Federal and State Government legislation can affect your business? The following information may be helpful.

Registering a business name

To register your business name and find out about your rights and responsibilities to consumers, contact Consumer and Business Affairs Victoria by visiting the Consumer Affairs Victoria website or calling the Helpline on 1300 55 81 81.


When establishing a home-based business, you may need to:

  • Apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN) where applicable
  • Submit Pay As You Go (PAYG) tax instalments
  • Collect Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Visit the Australian Taxation Office to find out more.

Business Guides

For comprehensive guides on all the stages of business, visit Business Victoria.