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Support for local businesses

Supporting Rockingham Business

We are committed to supporting our local business community and recognise the key role they play in linking, sustaining and strengthening our community and the local economy.

Business workshops

The City of Rockingham is partnering with the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) to deliver fully subsidised workshops for local businesses in 2022.

Workshop topics are suitable for every level of business including start-ups, and are drawn from the following areas:

  • business skills
  • digital skills
  • financial management
  • interpersonal skills
  • sales and marketing
  • strategy and risk
  • tendering and contracts.

Canva: Beyond the Basics

  • Wednesday 4 May 2022
  • 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Gary Holland Community Centre

This hands-on workshop will show you how to produce professional and eye-catching graphics for your business. Use your laptop and learn how to use the features within Canva to create consistent graphics and imagery for your business.

This is an intermediate level workshop designed for small business owners with a basic understanding of Canva who want to learn to use more of the features and functions of this tool.

This topic covers: 

  • Exploring new features and functionality in Canva, including tips and short cuts;
  • Creating personalised images and graphics;
  • How to create professional and consistent imagery.


**Instructions for in-person workshop**

To get the most out of this session, please bring your own laptop and have the details for your free Canva account ready to login on the day.

You can attend this session as an observer with no device, but it is recommended to complete the practical activities on your own device along with the presenter during the session.

You can view the SBDC's workshop schedule to find more workshops of interest taking place both online and in-person.

Useful links

Whether you are a new business looking to establish in Rockingham, or an existing business, the information and links below are intended to provide some guidance and assistance to help you with your business decisions.

In line with the state-wide plastics ban which will start to be enforced from the 1 July 2022, the WA Plastics Ban website has been created in partnership with State Government, targeted specifically to inform local businesses on how they can transition in time. Alongside informational and promotional material, monthly online Q&A sessions are being held on the last Wednesday of each month up to July. Businesses can also ask related questions through a toll free hotline:

1800 817 723 - weekdays 9am to 5pm AWST

For over 35 years, the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) has been helping Western Australians commence and grow their small business. 

Whether you’re starting out as an independent contractor, setting up a small business from scratch, buying a franchise or developing an existing business, the SBDC provides free, expert advice – directly and through referrals to their partner organisations on a wide range of business topics.

Services the SBDC provides include:

AusTrade has a variety of tools and information guides for Australian businesses (including education providers and tourism operators) to learn the basics of exporting, assess if they're ready to export, understand market nuances and build a list of resources including 3,500 export market profiles and market laws and regulations.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is the national statistical collection agency in Australia.

Website provided by the Australian Government which aggregates information, tools, apps and resources from numerous government offices, departments, agencies, and regulatory bodies across all levels of government.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is Australia's corporate, markets and financial services regulator and provides information, guides and resources in relation to starting, operating and stopping a company or business.

Information and resources provided by the Australian Tax Office relating to small business support and advisory, tools, forms, super, taxation, concessions and regulatory reporting, record keeping, e-invoicing, atoTV guides and videos, small business assist portal and web-chat.

The Business Licence Finder is an information service provided by the Small Business Development Corporation to assist with identifying licences, permits, codes of practice, regulatory obligations and advisory material that may assist or be required in registering and operating your business. is an online government resource for the Australian business community. offers you simple and convenient access to all of the government information, assistance, forms and services you need. It's a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.

Business Foundations is a commercially focused, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurial activity in Western Australia.  They have helped thousands of successful new businesses and supported many more existing businesses in their sustainable growth over the past 20 years, and currently partner in providing the City of Rockingham's Enterprise Development Program.

If you are a business owner or operator and need help understanding what the State Government's mandatory contact tracing requirements and proof of vaccination requirements mean for you, these resources may assist:

WA Government COVID-19 business tools and information

ServiceWA Stakeholder toolkit

Small Business Development Corporation resources

The Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce (RKCC) is the peak industry body representing the interests of the business community in the South-West Metropolitan corridor. It is located at the Gary Holland Centre, 19 Kent Street, Rockingham.

Most businesses are required to maintain contact registers for WA Health Department COVID-19 contact tracing (including retailers, food and licensed venues, gyms, beauty and personal care services and accommodation facilities). 

To assist, the WA Government has developed a free app, SafeWA, which provides businesses with a digital contact register system. SafeWA is an efficient and safe way to record patron and visitor contact details where they can check-in, using the app. 

Learn more from the State Government media statement updated February 2021.

Tourism Rockingham is an independent local tourism organisation covering the Rockingham region of Western Australia assisting tourism operators identifying and developing opportunities within the tourism marketplace, including marketing the region, and the range of tourism products via the Rockingham Visitor Centre.

Tourism WA is the State Government agency responsible for promoting Western Australia as an extraordinary holiday and event destination. This includes marketing the State; developing, attracting and promoting major sporting, arts, cultural and business events; and supporting major projects that will draw visitors to particular destinations.

Contact our Economic Development and Tourism team on 9528 0333 if you require any further information.

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