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Starting my business

Practical advice and information to help you start

So, you'd like to start or acquire a business?

It’s important to prepare for what may come, and what could affect your business. You can save time and money, and increase your chances of success, if you’re aware of the challenges, risks and available support before you start.

The type of business that’s best for you will be guided by your lifestyle, interests and passions, skills and experiences, financial situation, goals, and timing. You may find that you have identified a new product, service, or an area with great growth potential.


Discover your readiness in starting a business and your business options - along with their benefits and challenges.

Business registration

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

Business planning

A business plan can help you find out where you want to go and how to get there and save your most precious resources – your time and money.

Helpful business services

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.

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.

Need further assistance?

This guide is designed to help you start out on the path to success by assisting you to consider some of the main requirements and relevant points for starting and operating a business in South Australia, including if you are looking to buy all or part of an existing business.

Our team are also here to help, just call the SA Business Hub Infoline on 08 8429 3801.

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