Registration and licences

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

​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.

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 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.

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.

Update your registration details

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

Keep track of your registrations, licences and permits

Register for an Australian Business Account to help you better manage all of your government-related licences, permits and registrations.

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