Getting the right licences and registrations

To comply with the law, your business may need specific registrations, licences or permits. Which ones you need will depend on your business structure, its location, the industry and sector you operate in, whether your business employs staff and the type of business you're operating.

Licences and permits protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment, so penalties can be substantial for operating a business without them.

Because all 3 levels of government handle different registrations, licences and permits, finding out your requirements may seem confusing. However, failing to hold the right licences, permits or registrations may result in fines, legal action or your business operations being suspended.

The easiest way to obtain all Queensland, local and Australian Government licensing information is to visit the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS).

This guide explains your regulatory obligations.