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  • Registration

    Work out which registrations you need

    Some registrations are compulsory depending on the nature of your business, while others are optional but you'll find it easier if you have them. It's best to get an Australian business number (ABN), and an AUSkey to deal with us online. You may also need to register for GST and other tax obligations.

    Register your new business

    If you're starting a new business you can register for an ABN, business name, AUSkey and tax roles at one time, through the Australian Business Register.

    If you're setting up business as an individual (a 'sole trader'), it will speed things up if you provide your tax file number (TFN) when you apply. Companies should provide their Australian company number.

    Add or cancel a registration

    Sometimes you may need to add or cancel a registration - for example, if you start employing people you need to register for pay as you go withholding.

    If you cease business you need to cancel your ABN and any tax registrations you may have.

    Update your details

    If your business details change - for example, if you change your address or authorised contact person - you're required by law to tell us within 28 days so we can update the Australian Business Register and pass on the changes to other government agencies.


    Self-managed super funds

    This section is for businesses. If you want to register or update the details of a self-managed super fund, refer to Setting up an SMSF.

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  • Last modified: 19 Mar 2015QC 31789