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Starting my business

Information, tools and templates to help you start a new business.

Getting started

If you’re thinking of setting up a small business in South Australia, it’s essential you know what’s involved.

Whether you’ve identified a new product, service or area with great growth potential, it’s important to be prepared and understand the steps you will need to take.

Being aware of the requirements, challenges, risks and support available can save you time and money.

Our handy guides break down the process of starting a new business, cover key things to know, and outline support available to help turn your idea into reality and guide you towards success.

Before you start

Understand your readiness in starting a business, and what you might need to make some decisions on.

Write a business plan

A strong business plan outlines what you want to achieve and gives you a roadmap to get there.

Choose a business structure

Choosing a business structure will be one of the most important decisions you make when starting your business and can affect your legal obligations and taxes.

Register your business

Having the right registrations is an essential part of setting up a business, and ensures you comply with Australian law.

Choose your business premises and location

When setting up your business, choosing a location will be a critical factor in its success.

Find and hire staff

Get tips on finding the right people for the right jobs and building a successful team.

Helpful business services

Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)

ABLIS provides information on licenses, registrations and permits required to operate your business in South Australia.

Australian Taxation Office

Small business taxation requirements including managing invoices, payments and paperwork, managing cash flow, GST lodging an activity statement and paying taxes and fees.

Consumer and Business Services

Licences and registrations relating to specific business needs.

Australian Business Register

If you are running a business you will need an Australian business number (ABN). An ABN is free when you register with the Australian Business Register.

The Australian Government offers simple and convenient access to all federal government information, assistance, forms and services you need for planning, starting and growing your business.


ReturntoWorkSA is responsible for providing work injury insurance and regulating the South Australian Return to Work scheme. They provide insurance that protects South Australian businesses and their workers in the event of a work injury.

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