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Starting a Business

Starting a small business involves a range of dealings with federal, state, territory and local government agencies. You'll need to register your business for taxation purposes, register your business or company name and, in some instances, obtain business licences and permits. Below we have provided you with the various services offered from Australian Government Business page.

Understanding and registering for taxes

There are a number of taxes that you may be required to register for. Understand the different types of taxations that may apply to your business and how to register. 

Registering a Business

Registering a business name in the state or territory in which you operate your small business is compulsory. New companies must register with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC). This page will help you find out what you need to know and where to go for company registration and business name registration.

Licences and Permits

It is important to have the correct business licences and permits required to legally operate your small business. This page can help you find business licence and permit information from the federal, state and territory, and local governments.

Grants and Financial Assistance

Grants, funding programs and industry assistance are available from the federal and state and territory governments. This page provides information on what grants and other assistance are available for starting and expanding your small business, research and development, innovation and exporting.

Planning and Starting a HBB

Once you have your business plan finalised and are ready to set up your home-based business, you may have a seemingly endless list of things to do. To make sure that you're ready for the next step, consider the following   

Employing People

Good employees can be your greatest asset, and possibly your greatest cost. Recruiting and keeping the right people can play a big role in achieving business success, so it's important to plan ahead when taking on employees. 

Tenders & Contracts by State


Exiting a Business

Exiting or leaving your business with no plan in place can be stressful. By planning your exit ahead of time, you can take the stress out of what can be a difficult and emotional process. 

Importing and Exporting

Are you considering expanding your business by importing or exporting goods? There are strict regulations on importing and exporting goods, so it is vitally important that you find out what applies to you.

Online Business

A business owner who does any, or all, of their business using the internet, is running an online business. Running an online business can include buying and selling online, and providing an online service. A wide variety of businesses can be found online, in many different industries. 


If you're looking to start a business, buying into a franchise can be a good alternative to starting a unique venture. Similarly, if you're planning to expand your business, a well-managed franchising agreement can be an effective way of moving into new markets. 


Market Research

Market research is a valuable tool for all businesses. Statistics and other market research data help you make informed decisions about the marketing of your business. Using market research, you can understand your potential customers and their needs, as well as what your competitors are doing.  

Advice & Support in your State or Territory

When starting a business, you'll need to find out if there are specific rules and regulations that apply to each state or territory that you operate in. To find a business adviser in your area use Advisory Services.  

Retail Leases

The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) has released an information brochure (fact sheet) Important Facts for Tenants to replace the previous information brochure on retail leases. This new fact sheet simplifies important information for tenants to assist them in deciding whether to enter into a lease. If you are considering entering a commercial lease or retail property lease for your business, this checklist may be of assistance.  


Developing your skills and the skills of your employees can help to keep your business competitive. Investing in skills and training can increase productivity and innovation, help you attract and retain high quality employees and improve customer satisfaction.

Fair Trading

Australian federal and state laws protect you, your business and your customers from unfair trading practices. These laws, together with industry Codes of Practice, help your business operate fairly and competitively, and make sure your customers are properly informed and protected. 

This information is bought to you by the Business Entry Point in partnership with Federal, State and Territory Governments.

Updated : 11:12 AM, 19 November 2018

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