Business Regulations and Licensing
Depending on the type of business you are going to be running, you have different requirements including licences, permits, codes of practice and legislation that you need to be aware of. There are also a range of taxes and duties that may apply to your business.
We are working with the Australian Government and other state and territory governments to reduce the burden on businesses of compliance and regulation. There is an online feedback tool that you can use to help identify ‘red tape’ issues that might be affecting or impeding your business in the ACT.
The following services will help you to meet your regulation and compliance obligations:
- Access Canberra
- Australian Business Licence and Information Service
- Australian Business Register
- Australian Consumer Law
- Australian Tax Office
- Customs and importing or exporting goods
- Overseas dealings and taxation
- Fix my Red tape
- Payroll tax in the ACT
- Small Business Superannuation Clearing House
Access Canberra aims to better support and connect the community with ACT Government services. It has a particular focus on helping local entrepreneurs understand and comply with the regulations needed to establish a new business or hold an event, while ensuring at all times that public safety is maintained.
You can find out more information from them on a range of topics including:
- Australian Consumer Law;
- General Construction Induction;
- High Risk Work;
- Liquor Licensing;
- Outdoor Cafes;
- Plastic Shopping Bag Ban; and
- Tobacco sales.
Visit the Access Canberra website for more information.
The Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) is a national service delivered by the Australian Government in conjunction with the States and Territories.
ABLIS helps you find the government licences, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines you need to know about to meet your compliance responsibilities whether you are starting, operating, growing, or closing a business.
The service now provides a single place for businesses to find information from all States and Territories and the Australian Government.
Find out which government licences and registrations apply to your business by visiting ablis.business.gov.au .
The Australian Business Register (ABR) allows you to register for an Australian Business Number (ABN), register your business name and register for various taxes including GST and PAYG withholding.
For more information go to the Australian Business Register .
The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) aims to ensure fair trading in Australia, protecting consumers while also reducing compliance costs to businesses. It is a national law, jointly administered by Australian, state and territory governments and came into effect on 1 January 2011. A small business self-assessment checklist is available to help you and your business to become aware of consumer rights and comply with your obligations under the ACL.
To download the checklist go to Access Canberra .
Find out what tax issues affect your business, including reporting and record keeping requirements for your business. The ATO also provides small business support services that can help you understand and manage your taxation.
To find out more contact the ATO .
The Australian Government’s business website provides information on a range of regulations and licensing topics including:
- How to register for Goods and Services Tax (GST).
- How to register for Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT).
- How to register for Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding.
- How to register for Payroll tax.
Visit business.gov.au’s Register your business the right way page for more information.
In Australia, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is responsible for controlling the movement of goods into and out of Australia. A range of items are classified as prohibited or restricted and Customs maintains separate listings that apply to imports and exports. Your imports and exports may be subject to taxation, duties, or other charges. You should also make sure your activities comply with any other countries that your goods move through in addition to the originating or receiving country.
For more information about importing or exporting goods visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website .
If part of your business is conducted overseas, there may be tax impacts. This includes foreign investment arrangements, and the use of agents, sales outlets or branches based in countries other than Australia. You should also check the GST collection implications of your overseas activities.
Find out more by visiting the ATO website .
'Fix my Red Tape' is an online feedback tool designed for you to identify any 'red tape' that affects or impedes your ability to do business in the ACT. It is also a portal to provide feedback or suggested reforms, ask questions, and/or lodge complaints.
Visit the Fix my Red Tape website .
Payroll tax is payable by an employer with employees in the ACT if the employer’s total taxable wages exceed the threshold. The threshold that applies in the ACT in 2016-17 is monthly Australia-wide wages of $166,666.66 per month ($2,000,000 per annum).
For more information contact the ACT Revenue Office .
The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House is a free online superannuation payments service provided by the Australian Government to help small businesses with 19 or fewer employees meet their superannuation guarantee obligations.
Visit the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House website for more information.