Setting up a business? Here’s some information about how to register a business name.
A couple of points before you start:
Sole Traders, Partnerships/Trusts
if you choose to operate as a sole trader, partnership or a trust, and not as a company, then you will have to register your business name with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
If your business name is your first name and surname, then you don’t need to register a business name
You must have either an ABN or an ABN application reference number
You will need to have an ABN or be in the process of applying for one through the Australian Business Register (ABR) website
Registration of a business name does not in itself give you any exclusive rights to its use — only a trade mark can give you that kind of protection
Business Name Application Information
You will need to have the following ready:
The business name holder’s name
Date of birth and country
Business Name Cost
ASIC collects statutory fees for the registration of a business name.
The fees are:
$33 for one year, or
$76 for three years
You can choose to pay for your business name using a credit card, BPAY, or by requesting an invoice be sent to you.