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Businesses - Australian Government's principal business resource which provides access to government business information and services. Information includes planning, starting, running and exiting a business along with services such as ABN Look up to search for publicly available ABN details, and GovForms for finding and managing government forms.

Department of Industry

ABN - Apply for an ABN (Australian Business Number)

An ABN (Australian Business Number) is an 11 digit identifier that makes it easier for businesses and all levels of government to interact. You do not have to have an ABN, but having one will avoid having amounts withheld from payments to you; and make it easier to register for GST and other business tax registrations such as PAYG withholding. You can apply for an ABN (Australian Business Number) or access and update your ABN details online.

Australian Taxation Office

ABN - Lookup an Australian Business Number

ABN Lookup provides access to the publicly available information provided by businesses when they register for an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Department of Industry

ABR (Australian Business Register)

The Australian Business Register (ABR) is the central collection, storage and verification system for basic business identity information from all entities with an Australian Business Number (ABN).When a business applies for and receives an ABN, the business details from their application become part of the ABR.

Australian Taxation Office

ASIC - Search the registers for company information

The free registers of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) provide information about companies and people they register or licence plus other matters.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

AusTender - Register for updates

AusTender provides centralised publication of Australian Government business opportunities, annual procurement plans, multi-use lists and contracts. You need to be a registered user of AusTender to download tender documents, receive business opportunities and addenda notifications and lodge tenders.

Department of Finance

AusTender - The Australian Government Tender System

The Australian Government's procurement information system, AusTender, provides centralised publication of Australian Government business opportunities, annual procurement plans, multi-use lists and contracts awarded.

Department of Finance

Australian Disability Enterprises

Encourages buying from commercial businesses that provide work opportunities for people with disability across Australia. The enterprises operate across a wide range of industries covering everything from graphic design, printing, and metal fabrication through to packaging, recycling and landscaping.

Department of Social Services

Best Practice Guides

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.

Fair Work Ombudsman


Provides tax information for businesses. Find out about registration, BAS, yearly reports and returns, payments to ATO and your tax obligations regarding your workers.

Australian Taxation Office

Business Consultation

The Business Consultation website gives you more opportunities to be consulted about government policies and regulations that may affect you or your business. It allows you to register to receive notifications of new public consultations that are posted by government agencies.

Department of Industry

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.

Tourism Australia

Business Licence and Information Service

The Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) is a free service that helps businesses find the licences, permits, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines they need to meet their compliance responsibilities.

Department of Industry

Business name registration

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.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission checklists

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.

Department of Industry

Carbon price claims

This guide helps you understand your rights and obligations as a business operator when making claims about the impact of the carbon price.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Choosing a super fund

Provides information for employees about choosing a super fund or retirement savings account (RSA) that will receive their super contributions under the superannuation guarantee.

Australian Taxation Office

Directory of government and business associations

This directory contains details for federal, state, territory and local governments and for business associations. You can search by the name of an organisation, by key words or you can choose from an alphabetical list.

Department of Industry

Enterprise Connect

Enterprise Connect provides comprehensive support to Australian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to help them become more innovative, efficient and competitive. Through Manufacturing Centres and Innovation Centres, a national network of services and support is provided for eligible SMEs to access expert, practical advice and support tailored to their individual firms.

Department of Industry

Fuel schemes essentials

Provides credits and grants to reduce the costs of some fuels or provides a benefit to encourage the recycling of waste oils.

Australian Taxation Office

Insolvency notices

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) publication website for notices on insolvency and other matters. It provides a single point for searching almost all notices on external administration and company deregistration, formerly advertised in the print media.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

IP for business

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.

IP Australia


iPad and Android - A successful marketing plan can help you reach your target market. The MarketMyBiz app provides a template, handy tips and planning tools to help you achieve your business goals.

Department of Industry


iPad and Android - Based on the planning guide and template, there are prompts and handy tips to help you develop a business plan that is tailored to your business.

Department of Industry

National Business Gateway

The national contact centre makes it easier for Australian businesses to do business with DHS. Phone 131 158.

Department of Human Services


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