Before you start

Before you start, it's a good idea to look at our Guide to starting a business. This will help you understand what's involved in starting a business and what lies ahead.

Choose your business structure


One of the first steps you need to take when starting out is choosing your business structure. Your business structure identifies how you operate as a trading business.

Learn more about the different business structures and how to choose the right one for your business.

Indigenous corporation

If you're Indigenous and you want to start a company as an Indigenous corporation, you can do this through the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations. Indigenous corporations are eligible for additional benefits.

Learn more about Indigenous corporations.

Read how to register your business as an Indigenous corporation.

Find support for your Indigenous business


We understand that starting a business can be difficult. However, there is support available for Indigenous business owners.

Grants and assistance

Check out our finder tools to find support for your business.

National support and help

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) is a government organisation that provides workshops, advice, business support programmes. In some cases they may also provide business finance to eligible Indigenous business owners.

Indigenous Regional Network (IRN) showcases success stories from Indigenous businesses. IRN can also connect you to other businesses or government programs to help develop your business.

Australian Taxation Office (ATO) provides tax and super information to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people succeed in their business.

Local support and help

Other assistance may be available depending on the type or location of your business. Have a look at the following local business directories and programs: