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Useful Links

Small and New Business

NSW Office of Fair Trading provides steps to register a business name.  

licence.nsw for online lodgement, renewal or alteration to business names.

Australian Securities and Investment Commission offers information on registering a company name and obtaining an Australian Company Number (ACN).

Office of Industrial Relations  is responsible for monitoring wages, and employment rights, obligations and conditions in NSW. The Office of Industrial Relations provides help and information to both employers and employees.

Office of State Revenue for the registration for payroll tax for any employers or a group of related businesses, whose total Australian wages exceed the NSW monthly threshold of $52,912.


NSW Department of State and Regional Development provides advice and assistance for fostering business growth. This is a useful starting point for understanding business essentials, business planning, insurance and marketing.


Australian Taxation Office provides essential advice on the requirements for establishing a business and employing staff, obtaining an Australian Business Number (ABN), Tax File Number, Pay as You Go tax, Business Activity Statements, superannuation obligations and Fringe Benefits Tax.

The Treasury NSW for the registration of payroll tax for employers and businesses whose total Australian wages exceed the NSW monthly threshold of $52,912.


Office of Industrial Relations is responsible for monitoring wages, employment rights and conditions in NSW and provides information and support to both employers and employees.

Workplace Authority offers advice and information to employers and employees on pay, conditions and workplace agreements.

Rights and Responsibilities

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission provides advice on the rights and obligations of businesses and consumers.  

Occupational Health & Safety

WorkCover NSW is the statutory authority who partners the community and businesses to ensure safe workplaces, effective return to work programs, and security for injured workers. If businesses employ workers on a regular, casual or contract basis, they are considered to be employers and must have a workers compensation insurance policy. 

Intellectual Property

IP Australia registers domain names, trademarks and product designs.  

Environmental Sustainability

Department of Environment and Climate Change encourages and facilitates environmental sustainability. This supports the Department's belief that what is good for the environment can also be good for business.
WSN Environmental Solutions provides advice on the environmental disposal of commercial waste.

Education and Training

TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute St George College  provides vocational courses, including accounting and business, computing, general education, building and construction, property, international trade facilitation, fine arts, fashion design, nursing, welfare, engineering, transport and travel.


This information has been compiled using a range of resources and while every endeavour has been taken to provide a comprehensive guide to small business, no responsibility is taken for decisions made using information from this site.