Opening a Business in Australia: Key Considerations

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Opening a Business in Australia: Key Considerations

Starting a business can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it is also important to be aware of the legal requirements and considerations that come with it. In Australia, there are a number of legal aspects that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting a business.

Business structure

One of the first decisions that entrepreneurs need to make when starting a business is choosing the appropriate business structure. The most common business structures in Australia include sole trader, partnership, company and trust. Each structure has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to consider which one best suits the needs of your business.

  1. Registering your business

Once you have chosen a business structure, you will need to register your business with the appropriate government agency. This usually includes registering for an Australian Business Number (ABN) and registering for goods and services tax (GST) if your business is expected to have a turnover of more than $75,000 per annum.

  1. Compliance with Australian laws and regulations

It is important to comply with all relevant Australian laws and regulations when starting a business. This includes obtaining any necessary licenses and permits, complying with workplace health and safety regulations, and ensuring that your business complies with consumer protection laws.

  1. Employment and Industrial relations

Employment laws in Australia are complex and it is important for business owners to be aware of their obligations towards their employees. This includes complying with minimum wage laws, providing safe working conditions, and ensuring that employees are not being discriminated against.

  1. Intellectual property

Protecting your intellectual property (IP) is crucial for any business. This includes registering trademarks, patents and designs, and ensuring that your business does not infringe on the IP of others.

  1. Insurance

It is important to have the right insurance in place to protect your business from potential risks. This includes liability insurance, property insurance, and workers’ compensation insurance.

Starting a business in Australia requires careful planning and a thorough understanding of the legal requirements and considerations. By being aware of the key legal aspects of starting a business, entrepreneurs can ensure that their business is set up for success and that they are compliant with all relevant laws and regulations. However, navigating the legal aspects of opening a business can be a daunting task, especially for those who are new to the process. This is where Baybridge can help.

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Christian Bird

Special Counsel | Commercial

Christian Bird brings real world experience to his role as a senior franchising and general commercial lawyer. Christian understands the commercial challenges faced by franchisors having watched his father successfully found and grow a national franchise system that has been in operation for over 30 years. As a result, he is uniquely placed to assist franchising clients with the myriad of legal challenges they face. Christian has experience working with franchisors across Australia and internationally in a range of industries.