Licensing for your business

You may need to be registered, certified or licensed to do certain kinds of work in the Northern Territory.

This page has information about the following:

  • Australian Business Licence Information Service - a free online tool to help you find out what licences you may need to work or for your business
  • ABNs - when and why you need one for your business
  • Australian Business Accounts - an online account to help manage your licences, permits and registrations.

Read about business and professional licences and registration.

Australian Business Licence Information Service

The Australian Business Licence Information Service (ABLIS) is a free online tool to help you find out what licences and registrations you may need to operate your business.

The service provides information for local, Territory and Federal legislative requirements, including where you can go to find out more or get help.

For more information go to the Australian Government's ABLIS website.

You can also get information packs with licencing and other information specific to the type of business activity you are interested in.

ABN

The ABN is a unique 11-digit number used to identify businesses in Australia.

Registering for an ABN is not compulsory for your business, but you will need one to register for the GST.

If you don't, other businesses can withhold 46.5% from any payment to you for tax purposes.

For more information or to apply for an ABN, go to the Australian Government's Business Register website.

You can get basic information about ABN registered businesses. 

Go to the Australian Government's ABN Lookup website to check an ABN. 

Australian Business Account

The Australian Business Account (ABA) is an online account that helps you manage your licences, permits and registrations.

The account can be used with the ABLIS. Where applicable, the ABA can pre-fill your online form.

For more information or to register an account go to the Australian Government's Australian Business Account website. 

Contact

For more information about licences, permits and registrations contact your nearest Territory Business Centre.

Last updated: 27 June 2017