Entrepreneurship links

Links to helpful resources for starting a small business in Australia.


Government websites to help business start-ups

  • Australia loves entrepreneurs. Business.gov.au is the Australian Government’s friendly helping hand to wanna-be business owners. It offers easy access to information, forms and services any small venture needs plus heaps of good business plans guides and templates
  • The Government also runs the website Digital Business to help small business establish an online presence


Register a business in Australia

To summarise:

ASIC – Australian Securities and Investment Commission is where to register a Pty Ltd or similar and clarify allocation of shares, legal status and trademarking of the company name (if available) in the state where the company is registered.

The ACN (Australian Company Number) is not to be confused with the ABN (Australian Business Number).

The ABN identifies you as an Australian business in the Australian Business Register (ABR) and with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). It establishes your professional identity in the eyes of suppliers and customers, since any ABN can be easily checked on the Australian Government’s ABN Look-up service.

The ABN is also required in order to register for Goods and Services Tax (GST), buy Australian website domains (.com.au) and other things. 


Business networks and industry organisations

Business networking opportunities are offered by e.t.c:

  • Business Enterprise Centres Australia provides useful information about e.g. government regulations and trends, consultancy, legal advice and workshops for small business owners in Australia
  • Australian Industry Group. Peak industry association representing the interests of more than 60,000 businesses in a range of sectors


Business directories

Add your business into the business directories, so people can find your services. Common general directories include:

  • Yellow Pages is free for a basic listing. Very important registry due to its integration with various other Internet platforms and mobile apps. E.g. ‘Around Me‘ builds on data from the Yellow Pages
  • Hot Frog is free, but you will get marketing emails


Tax for business in Australia


Market data for Australia 


Intellectual Property Rights

  • IP Australia. Trademarking.

    Export market data

    • Nation Master. Global country statistics comparisons presented graphically
    • Executive Planet. A comprehensive wiki with guidelines for business etiquette in overseas countries


    Exporting to Asia


    Purchase market research about export markets

    • Eurostat. European statistics by the European Commission
    • Euromonitor, ‘world leader in strategy research for consumer markets’. Subscription and pay-per-report
    • Factiva. Business Intelligence by Dow Jones 
    • IBIS WORLD World. Australian market research database, subscription and pay-per-report


    Online resources for exporters

    • Austrade, the Australian Trade Commission
    • Fita, the Federation of International Trade Associations
    • Export Victoria by the Victorian Government. Case studies, funding and brief useful country information from an Australian perspective such as export overview, current and emerging opportunities and tariffs and taxes. Example: China profile


    Export Service Providers 

    • Andrew’s Consulting in Sydney.

      Benita Andrews has more than 25 years of experience in International Trade and offers coaching in export and offshore trading.


    Last updated Jul 2011.


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    5 thoughts on “Entrepreneurship links

    1. Pingback: Why and why not do business in Australia? | Mados

    2. Anna

      Hey Mados,

      props for your blog. I like the philosophical/psychological aspects you put into your freelancing posts.

      1) the Link “Exporting online” http://austrade.gov.au/exportingonline/default.aspx is broken.

      2) Another useful business directory for the “Business directories” section is http://www.yalwa.com.au/ . It is also free and pretty easy to use.

      http://www.yalwa.com.au/post/ <- for posting a free listing

      I'd also add it since the more exposure you get on the web the better.


    3. Janet

      While searching for abn registration on google, found your article most valuable to me. yes sometimes abn registration might take a lot of your time and patience, but me personally found, applying for an abn is easier and less time consuming when applied through this abn register and you will be able to complete the registration within an hour by visiting their website. Though you need to pay $45 to get the work done and requires you to fill another form to get assisted, leaving these drawbacks behind, you can get guaranteed service in a hassle free manner, it takes comparatively less time to complete the registration of abn Australia, with the expert team of professionals who are experienced and qualified tax agents, make it easier for you to get the work done. They also provide the GST registration and business name registration services. They are doing a really nice job, you can also check their website here..


      1. Mados Post author

        Hi Janet.

        Thanks for your comment, but I have no idea what hassle you’re talking about. ABN registration is free (as far as I remember) and the registration process is easy. I can’t see any need for a team of experts to handle it for a fee, that is a completely unnecessary service/cost. I have personally registered 2 ABNs, one for a company and one for myself as a sole trader, and none of the registrations caused any hassle whatsoever.



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