What are the legal requirements? 

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One of the first things you need to find out when you're starting out is what laws apply to your new business. You may wish to consult a legal professional to help you with all the legal requirements that you must comply with, such as licences and registrations, contracts and leases.

If you need legal advice on a business issue, then the online Small business legal issues guide External link may help. It covers problems you may encounter such as contracts, employment, fair trading, leases, insurance, credit and debt recovery, finance and tax.

You can search the Australian Business Licence and Information Service to find government licences, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines you need to know about to meet your compliance responsibilities.

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