• Applying for AUSkey, GST, PAYG and business names

    To save time you are able to apply for other business registrations as a part of your Australian business number (ABN) application. If you want to apply at a later stage, you need to register directly with the relevant government agency.

    If your application is refused, you won't be able to apply for other business registrations.

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    AUSkey is a secure login that identifies you when you use participating government online services on behalf of a business.

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    Goods and services tax

    Goods and services tax (GST) is a broad-based tax of 10% on most goods, services and other items sold or consumed in Australia.

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    Pay as you go withholding

    As a payer, you may need to withhold amounts from payments you make and send the withheld amount to the ATO. You may need to withhold amounts from payments to your:

    • workers
    • other businesses
    • other payees.

    Next steps:

    Pay as you go withholdingExternal Link

    Business name

    Most business will need to apply for a registered business name with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). You can carry on a business in your own name if you don't change or add anything to your name.

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    Business names are not to be confused with the term 'trading name'.

    If you are still using a trading name, you need to register a corresponding business name. Trading names will not be displayed in ABN LookupExternal Link from 31 October 2023.

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