You need to decide if a company or a business structure best suits your needs. We recommend that you seek legal or other professional advice about your circumstances. At this stage you should also make sure you understand what your legal obligations will be if you become a company officeholder: see Step 4: Understand your legal obligations as an officeholder below.
When we register an Australian company, the company can conduct business throughout Australia without needing to register in individual states and territories.
Please note that registering a business name is not the same as registering a company. Registration or use of a business name does not:
create a legal entity (only registering a company creates a legal entity), or
allow the use of privileges to which a company is entitled, such as a corporate tax rate or limited liability.
It is not necessary to register a business name if the business is conducted under the name of the person or persons involved; that is, first name and surname, or initials and surname or under the full company name.
Here’s how to register a proprietary company, the most common type of company.