Service Interruption

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) have scheduled system maintenance which will affect this service from 8:00pm Thursday 18 October to 9:00am Friday 19 October 2018 (AEDT).

From 8:00pm Thursday 18 October until 9:00am Friday 19 October 2018 (AEDT):

  • you may not be able to receive search results for company and business name registrations
  • during this time you’ll be unable to submit and pay for company and business name registrations
  • you can return later to resume and submit your application through your application summary

From 1:15am Friday 19 October until 9.00am Friday 19 October 2018 (AEDT):

  • processing applications for an ABN, AUSkey and tax registrations such as GST will be delayed. You can still submit your application then return later to check its progress.

In addition to, we've scheduled maintenance to this service between the following times:

Start: 7:00am Friday 19 October AEDT
End: 9:00am Friday 19 October AEDT

During this time you may experience interruptions while using this service. Any unsaved changes will be lost once the outage begins.

Business registration - help me decide

Are you starting a business, or thinking about starting one?

This tool can help you work out:

  • the business structure that will best suit your needs
  • the basic business and tax registrations you should consider applying for.

While we make every effort to ensure that this tool is accurate and up to date, it can't possibly take all your circumstances into account — so please treat it as a guide only.

Before you make any decisions based on the information in this tool, consider seeking independent professional advice as we can't guarantee or accept legal liability as a result of using this tool.

Are you an artist, creative or maker?

Did you know that even if you get money for your creative work, what you're doing could still be a hobby?

We can help you make a decision about whether we would consider you to be in business and what you might need to do next.

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