Company Setup

If you’re considering starting a business in Australia, establishing a company might be a crucial step in ensuring the success and sustainability of your venture. Setting up a company offers numerous benefits, such as limited liability, tax advantages, and enhanced credibility. However, it’s essential to understand the process thoroughly to make informed decisions. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the process of setting up a company in Australia and understand when it is the right choice for your business.

Why Should You Use a Company for Your Business in Australia?

  1. Limited Liability

    One of the primary advantages of setting up a company is the limited liability protection it offers. This means your personal assets are safeguarded (to some degree) in case the company faces financial difficulties or legal issues.

  2. Tax Benefits

    Companies in Australia are subject to a flat corporate tax rate, which can be more favorable compared to personal income tax rates. Additionally, companies can access various tax deductions and incentives, providing opportunities for tax optimisation.

  3. Credibility and Perpetual Succession

    Operating as a company can enhance your business’s credibility, making it more attractive to potential partners, investors, and clients. Furthermore, a company has perpetual succession, allowing it to exist independently of its owners, which can facilitate long-term business planning.

  4. Raising Capital

    Companies have better access to various funding options, such as equity financing and issuing shares, making it easier to raise capital for business expansion or investment.

When Should You Use a Company for Your Business in Australia?

Establishing a company in Australia is particularly beneficial under the following circumstances:

  1. High-Risk Business

    If your business involves significant risk or potential legal liabilities, setting up a company can shield your personal assets from potential losses.

  2. Expansion Plans

    If you have ambitious growth plans or intend to attract investors, establishing a company can enhance your business’s credibility and make it easier to secure external funding.

  3. Tax Planning

    If you anticipate significant profits and want to optimize your tax obligations, operating as a company allows you to benefit from various tax deductions and incentives available to corporate entities.

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up a Company in Australia:

  1. Choose a Business Structure

    Select the most suitable structure for your company, such as a proprietary company, partnership, or sole trader, considering factors like liability, tax implications, and management flexibility.

  2. Register Your Company

    Apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN) and register your company with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Ensure you comply with all legal requirements and provide the necessary documentation.

  3. Tax Registration

    Register for taxes, including Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding, depending on your business activities and turnover.

  4. Obtain Necessary Licenses and Permits

    Obtain any licenses or permits required for your specific industry or business activities. This may include industry-specific regulations or permits for operating in certain locations.

  5. Set Up Bank Accounts and Accounting Systems

    Open a business bank account and set up reliable accounting systems (we recommend Xero) to manage your company’s finances efficiently and ensure compliance with financial regulations.

Setting up a company in Australia can be a strategic decision that offers numerous advantages and paves the way for long-term success. When recommending whether a company is right for you, we conduct a discovery meeting to get to know you better.  Contact us if you would like to book in for a discovery meeting.

This information is for general purposes and does not take into account your personal circumstances.  As laws are constantly changing, we recommend that you speak to one of our qualified accountants before acting on any information detailed above.

FAQ's for Company Registrations

Companies in Australia are subject to various ongoing compliance requirements, including filing annual financial reports and tax returns, holding annual general meetings, maintaining proper financial records, and complying with regulatory obligations imposed by ASIC and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

While Australia encourages foreign investment, some industries have restrictions on foreign ownership. It’s essential to research and understand the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) regulations and restrictions that may apply to your specific industry or business sector.

To select the most suitable business structure, consider factors such as liability, tax implications, operational flexibility, and your long-term business goals. If you are going into business by yourself we can assist you in setting up a suitable structure.  If you are going into business with someone else, we recommend you contact a business solicitor.

Companies in Australia are subject to the flat corporate tax rate, which is currently set at 25%. Additionally, they need to comply with Goods and Services Tax (GST) regulations if their annual turnover exceeds the GST threshold. Companies are also required to fulfill Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding obligations for their employees.

While changing your business structure is possible, it may involve complex legal and financial implications. It’s advisable to consult with legal and financial professionals to understand the process and assess any potential tax or legal consequences before making any changes to your business structure.

We recommend that you contact our office to discuss setup costs as they will vary depending on complexity.