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Your business - the legal stuff

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Finding out how to set up your business can be quite confusing. We have listed some essential State Government websites below to get you started.

Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)

ABLIS provides a free search tool to identify government licences, permits, approvals, and registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines for a business to meet compliance responsibilities.

Go to www.ablis.business.gov.au

Australian Business Register (ABR)

The ABR website allows you to apply, update and register for an Australian Business Number (ABN).

You can also register for an AUSkey, which assists you to access and send information to government online, such as lodging a Business Activity Statement, or updating your ABN details.

Go to www.abr.gov.au

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

ASIC is a key website to visit when registering, cancelling, or updating your business name.

Go to www.asic.gov.au

Australia Tax Office (ATO)

The ATO website offers a number of key services to assist business owners such as;

  • Business registration advice

  • Small business assistance tools;

  • Small business entity concessions

  • Advice on considerations when starting a business

  • Key tax topics, forms and links for business

  • Online portals for conducting business reporting and transactions

  • Online technical support

  • Advice on importing and exporting

Go to www.ato.gov.au/business

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