Business types in this industry

The transport, postal and warehousing industry provides important services which support individuals, businesses and organisations carrying out their everyday activities. These services and business types include:

  • transporting passengers via taxi and luxury car hire services
  • transporting passengers and freight by road, rail, water or air
  • postal, courier pick-up and delivery services
  • scenic and sightseeing transport
  • warehousing other storage activities

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.

Legislation, standards and initiatives

Key legislation

Industry codes of practice

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) outlines the transport industry’s individual state or territory codes of practice.

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.

Licences and permits

State or territory governments manage the licences and permits for the transport, postal and warehousing industry.

The licences and permits you may need include:

  • taxi licence
  • towing licence
  • boating licence
  • limousine and luxury car licence
  • heavy vehicle licensing and accreditation
  • public weighbridge licensing
  • local and international trade regulations
  • customs licensing
  • warehouse licensing
  • qualifications to store/transport certain goods or services (e.g. food, waste)
  • approval of transport security plans


The transport, postal and warehousing industry have specific Goods and Services Tax (GST) measures. Know your GST obligations and register with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to ensure you can claim your GST credits.

Visit the ATO website to learn more about the GST requirements for the transport, postal and warehousing industry:

Other tax measures that may apply to your transport, postal and warehousing business include:

Other ATO resources

The Australian Taxation Office provides a range of industry benchmarks which may be of assistance when setting up or managing your business Visit ATO Transport, postal and warehousing Benchmarks to learn more

Levies and charges

Levies and charges fund activities that support the industry, such as:

  • build new roads and routes
  • maintain transport resources
  • operate related services

The main levies that apply to the transport, postal and warehousing industry include levies on:

  • vehicle permits and licences
  • transport facility charges
  • road safety
  • airport and trade levies

Employing people

If you employ staff, you need to comply with Australia’s national workplace laws specific to the transport, postal and warehousing industry.

Use our checklist for small business owners to help you meet Australian laws when hiring an employee. We’ve also included some tips that might help you through the hiring process.

If you're ready to employ someone, create an employment contract tailored to the award and your business needs.

Workplace health and safety (WHS)

All business must comply with general work health and safety regulations. The transport, postal and warehousing industry also has state specific WHS requirements. These include:

  • traffic management
  • fatigue management
  • load management for drivers
  • roadside operations
  • forklift operations
  • manual handling
  • working at height
  • working near overhead wires or underground services
  • waste management
  • working with dangerous goods and hazardous substances
  • working alone

Learn more about state-specific WHS requirements.

Intellectual property

As well as trade marks, transport, postal and warehousing businesses may consider patents to protect inventions such as new equipment, new machinery, new systems or processes.

Learn more about the IP options available to you.


Alongside compulsory insurances, the transport, postal and warehousing industry has specific insurances. These insurances include:

  • transportation vehicles and vessels
  • equipment and machinery
  • cargo and goods
  • property and buildings
  • business interruption

Find support

If you need advice or support, consider getting help from your industry association, a business adviser, accountant or legal professional.

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