Starting out investing can be a bit daunting. Here are pointers for getting started.
Read this article about what sort of investor you are. Do you want your portfolio to be high risk and high return or more conservative?
A balanced $10,000 portfolio might be $3000 in a global shares ETF, $3000 in an Australian shares ETF and $4000 in a fixed interest ETF.
If you are investing for the long term, ie. for more than 5 years, You should consider a portfolio with a high proportion of growth assets like shares and a lower proportion of defensive assets like fixed interest.
A good way to start on a long term growth oriented portfolio is to purchase a "core" first and then think about "satellites".
A "core" should be some well diversified share funds, look for global shares and Australian shares. The core of your portfolio should be 60% to 80% of the value of your portfolio. Purchase and leave it alone.
There are lots of choices for your "satellites". Make this a smaller part of your portfolio and you can change it more often.