Running a small business in Australia
What you need to know
When starting a small business, there's a few things you need to consider. This includes what kind of structure you want to set up and how you plan to operate.
All businesses need to be aware of their legal requirements and what they need to do under the law.
If you've stopped trading, you should consider closing your company or cancelling your business name. This means you don't need to pay your annual fees or keep your details updated with us.
We've compiled a range of small business resources from different organisations to give you all the information you need.
ASIC, the ATO, Fair Work Ombudsman, ACCC, and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman discuss what they are doing to help small businesses compete on a level playing field.
business.gov.au - offers information and resources on planning, starting and growing a business.
Top 10 ASIC small business inquiries
Important noticePlease note that the information provided on this website is a summary giving you basic information about a particular topic. It does not cover the whole of the relevant law regarding that topic, and it is not a substitute for professional advice.
You should also note that because this website avoids legal language wherever possible, it might include some generalisations about the application of the law. Some provisions of the law referred to have exceptions or important qualifications. In most cases, your particular circumstances must be taken into account when determining how the law applies to you.