Registration and licences

Having the correct licences and registrations is fundamental to your business. They allow you to operate without fear of closure from non-compliance and are the foundation to successful business. Before starting a business, read our information on:

Register your business or company

When starting a business you will need to register your business name or your company. Registering your business name does not give you legal protection on your Trade mark. To protect your intellectual property, consider registering a trade mark.

Read about the differences between Business names and trade marks before registering each. If you are doing business online, you will need to register your domain name to establish an online business.

What licences or permits do I need? 

When you're starting a new business it's important to find out what registrations and licences apply to your business.

Many different licences, permits, registrations and certificates are required by the different levels of government. Use the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) below to find the right licences and permits for your business.

Australian Business Licence and Information Service

Australian, state, territory and local governments are responsible for different business licences, permits, registrations and certificates. To find those that apply to you, use the Australian Business Licence & Information Service (ABLIS).

Register for taxation

A range of taxes affect small business, so before you begin operating you'll need to know what to do to comply with government taxation regulations.

Read our Taxation topic for more general information on tax and your business.

Have your business details changed? Read our Notify of business changes page to find out what you need to do to update your details. 

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