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Getting started in Sydney and New South Wales

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Register a business name and apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN) and tax registrations — apply for your key business and tax registrations at the Australian Government Business Registration Service.

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Establish an Australian company — register your company with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). You can choose to establish a new Australian company or subsidiary, even as an overseas investor.

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Register as a foreign company — you can choose to continue business in Australia as a foreign company, so long as you register with the ASIC.

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Register your intellectual property and domain name — registering your intellectual property will let you take advantage of Australia’s world-leading IP laws. Visit IP Australia to search patents, trademarks, designs and more, and Register a website name for domain and website information.

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Start or grow a business in NSW Service NSW's guide can be used as a checklist of tasks you may need to complete.

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How to hire employees — including understanding your legal obligations: created a taking on an employee checklist.

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Australian taxes — For an overview of Australian taxes visit the Australian Taxation Office and Austrade business taxes guide.

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NSW taxes — To understand state taxes visit NSW Revenue taxes and duties.

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Understanding Australian business regulation — guides to Australian business regulation by Austrade.