How to register your business or company in Australia


When starting a business you will need to register your business name or your company. Registering your business name does not give you legal protection on your trademark. To protect your intellectual property, consider registering a trademark.

Read about the differences between business names and trademarks before registering each. If you are doing business online, you will need to register your domain name to establish an online business.

  • Business and company registrations
  • Register your company
  • Register a website name
  • Trade marks

Register for taxation

A range of taxes affect small business, so before you begin operating you’ll need to know what to do to comply with government taxation regulations.

  • Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Tax file number (TFN)
  • Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT)
  • Register for Pay As You Go PAYG withholding
  • Payroll Tax

Update your registration details

Have your business details changed? Read our Notify of business changes page to find out what you need to do to update your details.

Australian Business Licence and Information Service

Australian, state, territory and local governments are responsible for different business licenses, permits, registrations, and certificates.

Search the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) to find licenses, permits and other registrations that apply to your business.

Register as an Indigenous corporation

Did you know you could register your Indigenous business as a corporation?

The Corporations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2006  (CATSI Act) is a set of laws that allows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups to form corporations.

If you register your Indigenous group under the CATSI Act your business will operate under rules that take into account Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander customs and traditions. You’ll also be given the ability to operate nationally (as opposed to being limited to the limited to the state or territory in which your business is registered).

Registering your business under the CATSI Act is free.