Starting a Business

Registration & Licensing

To comply with the law, your business will likely need specific registrations, licences or permits. The ones you need will depend on your business structure, its location, whether your business employs staff and the type of business you're operating.

Licences and permits are designed to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment, so penalties can be substantial for operating a business without them.

Because all three levels of government handle different registrations, licences and permits, finding out the requirements may seem confusing.

The easiest way to obtain all NSW, local and Australian government licensing information is to visit the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS).