A trade, industry or business association will give you expert guidance on legal, statutory, industrial and technological issues. The cost of membership is also a legitimate business expense and tax deduction.
Business associations can help you in a number of different ways:
- monitor changes to your industry: industry associations do analysis on market trends, wage levels and conditions, new or proposed legislation; and trade practices
- give you a voice: business associations canvas member opinion and then represent your interests to government, the media and the public
- offer guidance and services: staff at business associations provide expert guidance and services on business practice and legal, statutory, industrial and technological issues
Find an industry association or government contact
Find an industry association or government contact on the business.gov.au website. The business.gov.au website has a directory of government and industry associations you can search or browse for contact details.
Membership of a trade, industry or business association makes good sense as people like you can pool knowledge and resources. The cost of membership is a legitimate business expense and tax deduction.
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