Licensing and regulations research

Understanding your regulatory obligations and obtaining the correct licences and permits can help your business to avoid serious financial or legal problems. The following organisations can help you to find out which licences, permits and registrations your business needs.

Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)

ABLIS is a free online service that will help you find the right local, Queensland and Australian government licences, permits, registrations and codes of practice to operate your business.

Visit ABLIS to receive a personalised report containing licensing and business support information.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

ACCC promotes competition and fair trade in the market place to benefit consumers, businesses and the community. As a business, you must comply with Commonwealth competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws.

Visit the ACCC website for key information about consumer rights and obligations.

Australian Copyright Council

The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, non-profit organisation. The council has a range of information sheets and answers to frequently asked questions about copyright.

Learn more about copyright.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

ASIC is Australia's corporate, markets and financial services regulator. All Australian companies and businesses must register their name with ASIC and inform them if they plan to close. You can also search for information on Australian businesses and companies.

Visit the ASIC website.

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

Understanding your tax obligations is an essential part of running a business. ATO provides information on tax, record keeping and various business operations. You can access ATO forms and information about how to apply for an ABN or licence.

Visit the ATO website.

IP Australia

While you cannot copyright your ideas, you can protect your intellectual property (IP) through patents, trademarks and designs. IP Australia administers Australia's IP rights system.

You can search databases and submit application forms on IP Australia's website.

Office of Fair Trading (OFT)

When you run a business in Queensland, you must understand your legal obligations, as well as your rights and responsibilities. OFT has a range of information on lodging a complaint, applying for licences, as well as a range of other issues.

Find out more on the OFT website.

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