Before you register a company
Before you register a company, there are some things to consider. Here we explain what to do before starting your application to register a company.
Business.gov.au has a great 'Help me decide' tool that can help you work out the business structure that will best suit your needs and what registrations you should consider.
Once you're ready, you can register your company online using the Business Registration Service, or through a private service provider.
Checklist for registering a company
Before you start your application to register a company, make sure you have all the information you need on hand.
To find out what information you need before you start your application, see our checklist for registering a company.
Company name availability
Check to see if a company name is available by using our company name availability search.
Find out more about company name availability.
How to protect your company name
Registering a company name does not protect you against third party claims for trade mark infringement.
To ensure your proposed company name doesn't infringe on an existing registered trade mark, you should use IP Australia’s Australian Trade Mark Search to search for existing trademarks.
For more information, watch IP Australia’s video on YouTube.
For information on updating your company details, see Changes to your company.