Where to start

If you're considering starting a business, a great place to begin is the Australian Government's Guide to starting a business which covers planning, registration, tax, legal essentials, finances and more.

Registration and business name

You will need to register your business and apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN) and Tax File Number with the Australian Business Register.

Depending on the structure of your business, you may need to apply for an Australian Company Number with ASIC. If you plan to trade under a name other than your own, you must register a business name with ASIC. You can also register as an employer with the Australian Taxation Office.

Grants, funding and support programs available

The Federal and State Governments have many grants, funding and support programs available help your business grow and succeed. When searching for funding, keep in mind that you’ll generally need to meet certain criteria to be eligible. Aside from funding assistance, many programs can help your business by building your skills and knowledge.

Licences and permits

You'll need licences and permits to get approval to do certain activities. Requirements vary by state, local law and by industry. The licences and permits you'll need depend on your business type, business activities and location.