Starting a business
The Fair Work Ombudsman has produced Best Practice Guides to assist small to medium-sized businesses in implementing best practice initiatives. Working at best practice helps employers and employees achieve happier, fairer and more productive workplaces.
Developed by Tourism Australia, Business Events Australia provides tools and information about Australia as a sustainable business events destination. Includes link to an events calendar, where you can find out about business events and consumer events scheduled to be held across Australia in the coming years.
A new National Business Names Registration System has replaced the state and territory registers. All business name registrations are now managed by ASIC. Business names registered under state and territory registers have been transferred to the new system.
Are you new to business? To help you get started, the Australian Government has developed a 'Starting your business checklist' covering many of the basic issues you need to consider. The checklist will be updated on a regular basis; please check that you have the latest version.
This section of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission site covers dealing with customers; product safety; dealing with other businesses; running your business; industry codes of conduct; and professions and competition. There is also a Resource centre with small business publications.
When running a home-based business there are a wide range of government requirements that may apply. This page links to information for setting up and running a home-based business including: advice and support; planning; registration and licences for home-based businesses; taxation and insurance.
Good financial management is critical to the ongoing success of your business. When you're starting out, find out how much funding you need, where you can get it and how to manage your financial arrangements.
An Indigenous business is like any other when it comes to Intellectual Property (IP) rights. IP protects Indigenous culture and products and gives you the ability to profit from them. By protecting your IP with trade marks, design registrations and patents, your goods and services become even more valuable.
When you start a business, look at the ways you can use intellectual property to give you an advantage. Information in this section assists both new and old business owners in everything from business planning to franchising.
The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House is a free online superannuation payments service that helps small businesses with 19 or less employees meet their superannuation guarantee obligations. Employers can register online and when it is time to make your superannuation contribution payments, this can be done in one transaction.
Australian Securities & Investments Commission page with information about what you need to know when you're starting a company, for example, register your company, choosing a company name and sending ASIC the right form.
Do you have an idea for a new business venture? Proper planning is the key to turning your dreams into reality. business.gov.au provides a list of issues to consider when you're thinking of starting a business.
Intellectual property (IP) is the property of your mind or proprietary knowledge and can be an invention, trade mark, a design or the practical application of your idea. Learn about IP and how it applies to you and your business.