Start a small business

To start a small business in NSW, there are many factors to consider to ensure your business complies with all local, state, and Australian laws and regulations, so that your business starts in a successful position.

Outlined in this guide are key topics to consider and the relevant government agencies you can contact for assistance.

  • choosing a business structure
  • registering your ABN, GST and business name
  • ensuring you understand your tax and legal obligations
  • understanding health and safety
  • arranging insurance

Download the Start a small business guide.

The NSW Government has a state-wide subsidised business advisory service, Business Connect. You can browse the network of Business Connect advisors by region, topic, location or industry and select one you think appropriate for your needs. Please register online to book an appointment with your chosen advisor who will be in contact with you within the next two business days. The first four hours of one-to-one business advice are free.