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 Friday 14 December to 11:30am Sunday 16 December 2018 (AEDT).

From 8.00pm Friday 14 December until 8.00pm Saturday 15 December 2018 (AEDT)

  • you may not be able to receive search results for company and business name registrations
  • you will not be able to submit and pay for company and business name registration.

You can still save then return later to resume and submit your application through your application summary.

From 11.30pm Saturday 15 December until 11.30am Sunday 16 December 2018 (AEST):

  • 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.

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.

Hobby or business - help me work it out