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Business registration

Understanding which registrations and licenses you need

Registering your business

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

Understanding registration requirements should be one of the first steps you take to start a business after you’ve tested your idea and decided on the structure or type of business it is. Your business might need a few different types of registrations depending on factors including its structure, size, industry and location. These might include business registrations, like an Australian Business Number (ABN) and tax registrations, like goods and services tax (GST).

Depending on your business, you might also need to apply for other registrations including licenses and permits.

You may wish to check with your business advisor or accountant that you have all requirements.

Useful Tools

Use these tools to help you work out which registrations and licenses you need:

For more information about different kinds of registrations you might need to start your business, see the guide below.

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