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If you sell goods or need supplies to manufacture products or carry out services, this module will help you find information on:
Whether you need wholesale stock or raw manufacturing materials, you need reliable suppliers who will meet your business needs. If you can’t get the stock you need at the price and time that you need it, you’ll have trouble providing your customers with quality products at competitive prices.
- Read our information on finding a supplier.
- Learn about choosing suppliers on the Queensland Business and Industry portal.
Importing goods from overseas can help you source a wide range of products that might not be available in Australia. Whether you use these goods in your business or manufacturing process, or sell them on to your customers, importing can provide you with more options for your business.
Before you import goods, you should understand the:
- costs associated with importing such as freight, taxes, and insurance, and weigh up if they’re worth it for your business
- customs requirements and quarantine requirements
- labelling requirements for imported goods
- banned and restricted goods which can’t be imported or need written permission from the Australian Government to import into Australia.
Did you know?
If you import certain products, such as alcohol, tobacco or fuel, you will be required to pay customs duty.
Find out more:
- Find out about licensing, permits, and customs requirements for imports.
- Learn the labelling requirements for imported goods.
- Read about importing and buying goods from overseas on the Australian Border Force website.
- Learn about measuring your goods.
- Find grants and assistance for importers.
There are a number of legal, operational, and business issues relevant to the manufacturing industry. These may apply to you if you transform materials or components into new products as outlined in our manufacturing industry fact sheet.
For manufacturing information in your state, visit:
- ACT Office of Fair Trading (Justice and Community Safety Directorate)
- Northern Territory Government
- NSW Department of Trade and Investment
- Business QLD
- SA Department of Consumer and Business Services
- TAS Department of State Growth
- Live in Victoria
- WA Department of Commerce.
There are a number of things to consider when selling goods. You need to work out the price you’ll charge for your goods or services. You might also like to look into exporting your product overseas.
Did you know?
If you sell alcohol, tobacco, or fuel or petroleum products, you might have to pay a tax on these products called an excise duty. You also need an excise licence to produce, store or manufacture these goods in Australia.
Setting prices is important for any business as success can depend on being able to cover your costs and make a profit.
Check out these helpful links on how to set prices:
- Read our information on pricing.
- Check out information on pricing at the Business Victoria website.
- See the rules about pricing on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website.
- Look at the Queensland Business Portal information on:
More helpful information on exporting:
- Learn about exporting and read the guide to exporting on the Austrade website.
- Find financial help and grants for Australian exporters.
- Learn about exports and goods and services tax (GST) on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.
Find out more:
- Learn about the rules for measuring goods sold in Australia.
- To learn about marketing your product, see marketing to your customers.
Managing your stock
While it’s important to make sure you have enough stock for your business, having a lot of stock on hand can be costly when you take into account things such as storage, insurance, stock losses and the deterioration of stock.
Managing your inventory (stock) will help you maintain a good level of stock to meet customer demands while balancing that with the cost of storing that stock.
- When buying stock, you should think about the shelf life of the goods, the minimum level of stock you need on hand and how long it will take for reordered stock to arrive.
- If you stock food or other perishable items, you need to sell the older stock first so it doesn't deteriorate or spoil when you are storing it.
Did you know?
If you are thinking about using stock from your business for personal use, there are some tax rules you should be aware of.
In order to manage your stock, you need to keep track of the stock you sell and set up a stock control process. To track your stock, consider putting in place a manual or computer-based stock control system:
- Manual systems are best suited to businesses that only need a small amount of stock. There are a number of methods you could use, such as keeping a stock book. Your system should easily allow you to know how much stock you have on hand, work out when you need to reorder stock, and tell you information about each item’s value, location and the date it was received.
- Computer based programs can help make managing your business stock levels easier and may also include a scanner and point of sale machine.
More information on stock control:
- Learn how to set up a stock control process on the Business Victoria website.
- Read about stock control on the Queensland Business and Industry Portal.
- Find out about perpetual or periodic inventory systems.
Some businesses need to complete a stocktake at the end of each income year (or as close as possible). You’ll need to do a stocktake if either your:
- business turnover for the income year is over $2million
- stock level increases or decreases by more than $5,000 from the beginning to the end of the income year (see how you can estimate the stock value).
The purpose of a stocktake is to work out the value of your stock because an increase or decrease can be treated as part of your income or claimed as a deduction.
- An increase in your trading stock’s value over the financial year is included in income.
- A decrease is a deduction you can claim.
You can find more information about stocktakes on the ATO website: