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What the Starting your business checklist covers


When setting up a new business, there's a lot of information you’ll need to consider. Our checklist for starting a business can help you make sure you cover important steps like: 

  • choosing a business structure
  • registering for your Australian business number (ABN), goods and services tax (GST) and business name
  • setting up record keeping and accounting systems
  • ensuring you understand your tax and legal obligations 
  • arranging insurance

Use this checklist for the early stages of business – before you start, when buying a business and when you’re running your new business. 

Checklist companion


The Checklist companion lists Australian, state and territory government agencies that are referenced in the Starting your business checklist. It’s a quick reference to help you find who to contact.

Want more?

Explore our Starting a business guide for detailed information on what to expect when starting out.