Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

I want to start my own business

If you’re thinking of starting your own business or becoming self-employed, the Australian Government offers a range of tools, guides and face-to-face support to guide you each step of the way. From registering your new business, to navigating your new tax responsibilities, we can help. 

Immediately deduct professional expenses

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Is this for me?

  • I’m setting up my business

If you’re starting up a small business, you can immediately deduct certain professional expenses incurred in establishing your new business. This can include costs for professional, legal and accounting advice.

For more information check out the Guide to Depreciating Assets

Register your new business online logo

Is this for me?

  • I need to register my new business

The single online business registration service makes it easy to register your business.

The service allows you to apply for multiple business and tax registrations via in the one place.

Apply for business registration

Access mentoring and training to start your business

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Is this for me?

  • I have a new business idea
  • I need support to start a business
  • I’m 18 years or over

Starting your own business is an exciting time, but it can also be daunting and challenging if you don’t get the right support to help you plan and prepare.

Through New Business Assistance with NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) you can access accredited small business training, mentoring and support. You’ll also be able to apply to receive NEIS Allowance for up to 39 weeks and NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible).

New Business Assistance with NEIS

Gain practical assistance to start a business

Is this for me?

  • I have a new business idea
  • I need assistance to get my business idea off the ground

Entrepreneurship Facilitators can help make your business idea a reality.

Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide a range of free services, including, but not limited to:

  • providing information and advice about entrepreneurship and starting and running a business to clients, community organisations and other relevant stakeholders.
  • providing tailored mentoring and assistance, and
  • linking and referring individuals to appropriate services that will help them start and run their own business, including New Business Assistance with NEIS.

Find your nearest Entrepreneurship Facilitator

Tax responsibilities for new businesses

Australian Taxation Office logo

Is this for me?

  • I’m new to running a business
  • I want support to figure out my tax and super

The Business Assistance Program is recommended if you are new to business, have recently registered for an ABN and are registered or intend to register for GST.

The program covers a range of topics including:

  • knowing your tax requirements based on your business structure
  • registering for GST, your GST obligations and understanding your business activity statements (BAS)
  • employer and superannuation obligations
  • record-keeping requirements
  • using the Australian Taxation Office digital and electronic lodgement services.

Business Assistance Program

Australian Taxation Office

Resources to support you through the early stages of running your own business

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Is this for me?

  • I have a new business idea
  • I want to find out more about starting a business
  • I need help starting a business

The SelfStart website has a wealth of information to support you through the first stages of starting your own business. From planning, validating your idea, finding local support, through to perfecting your pitch.


Free tools and resources to help you start a business in Australia

Is this for me?

  • I have a new business idea
  • I want to find out more about starting a business
  • I need help starting a business

The website is your one-stop shop for information, resources and tools to help you plan, start and grow your business.

The website connects you to support available to business operators, including financial assistance, business advice services and events and training to help you get started in business.

You can also access the Starting a Business Guide here, a step-by-step guide to starting your business.

Starting a Business Guide

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Last modified on Thursday 11 April 2019 [9736|113846]