Business registration

Business Registration Service Beta

We’ve made it easier to register a new business online. With this new service, you can apply for key business registrations using one form. Even though it’s a Beta service, the registrations you apply for are real!

Who can use this service?

New businesses starting as a sole trader, joint venture, company, trust or partnership can apply for a business name, Australian Business Number (ABN), company and tax registrations. In the future it will also be available to existing businesses and superannuation funds.

Not sure if you want to use it? You can use the Australian Business Register (ABR) website to apply for business name, ABN, and tax registrations and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) website to register a company.

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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