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Coronavirus information and support for business

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Coronavirus work health and safety for your industry

It’s important to keep workers safe and limit the spread of COVID-19. You can find the latest information and resources for your industry on the Safe Work Australia website.

Business types in this industry


The professional, scientific and technical services industry includes:

  • scientists
  • accountants
  • advertising and marketing specialists
  • lawyers and solicitors
  • vets
  • management and other consultants
  • photographers
  • architects
  • engineers
  • computer system designers

Licences and permits


State or territory governments manage the licences and permits for the professional, scientific and technical services industry. This section details the licences and permits you may need to obtain.

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Find the licences and permits you need for your business

Search the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) to find information on the licences you may need.

Taxation


Tax measures that are specific to the professional, scientific and technical services industry include:

Learn more about tax record requirements for the professional, scientific and technical services industry.

Grants


Grants for the professional, scientific and technical services industry are available to support businesses that:

  • conduct activities that are innovative
  • conduct research and development activities
  • improve the environment
  • support technology projects
  • promote the arts industry

For specific grants, search the following resources:

Employ people


If you employ staff, you need to comply with Australia’s national workplace laws specific to the professional, scientific and technical services industry.

Find the awards specific to your industry.

Workplace health and safety (WHS)


All business must comply with general occupational health and safety regulations. The professional, scientific and technical services industry also has state specific WHS requirements. These include:

Visit the Safe Work Australia website for state-specific WHS requirements. Safe Work Australia also provides specific information on hazardous chemicals and nanotechnology.

Asbestos Training and Worksafe ACT

All ACT building and construction workers including architects and engineers who work with asbestos are required to complete asbestos awareness training.

Environment


The main environmental issues that businesses in the professional, scientific and technical services industry should understand include:

  • disposal of chemicals and drugs (including developing film)
  • protection of national parks, forests or marine parks
  • protection of threatened species
  • protection of animals and native flora and fauna
  • protection of waterways including rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands
  • protection of Aboriginal heritage sites and land
  • protection of world heritage and other heritage listed sights
  • environmental design in architecture and engineering
  • waste management and reduction

Intellectual property


As well as trade marks, manufacturing businesses may have other relevant IP rights:

  • Copyright protection is free and automatic in Australia. It protects works such as engineering drawings, architectural plans, computer games, software, databases & computer code.
  • Designs protects the overall feature, shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation of a product.
  • Patents protects inventions such as new equipment, new machinery, new systems or processes.
  • Confidentiality/trade secrets stop employees from revealing secret knowledge during and after their employment.
  • Circuit layout rights automatically protects original layout designs for integrated circuits and computer chips.

IP Australia is the federal government agency responsible for granting rights in patents, trade marks and designs. IP Australia provides industry-specific pages for:

Insurance


Alongside compulsory insurances, the professional, scientific and technical services industry has specific insurances. These insurances include:

  • professional indemnity
  • public liability insurance
  • equipment and machinery
  • property and buildings
  • vehicles and business interruption

Professional indemnity insurance

Professional indemnity insurance protects advice-based businesses from customers and clients who take legal action against losses incurred as a result of professional negligence. In certain professions, indemnity insurance is a mandatory requirement. These professions include:

  • Accountants and bookkeepers – You must obtain professional indemnity insurance before you can register as a Tax agent or BAS Agent.
  • Architects – In most states, you must obtain professional indemnity insurance before you can operate as an architect.
  • Veterinarians – In some states, you must obtain professional indemnity insurance before you can operate as a veterinarian.

Government organisations


The federal, state and territory government organisations and agencies relevant to the professional, scientific and technical services industry include:

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Government industry research


Industry research is an important part of planning for your business, it may help you identify:

  • economic and industry trends
  • establish or improve your business
  • help you keep pace with your industry
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Further advice and assistance

Check our general business information for additional regulations and obligations relevant to your business.

For further advice and assistance, consider contacting your accountant, solicitor, business adviser or industry association.