Register your company

How to register your company?

A company name must be registered with ASIC. But if you want your company to trade under a different name, then you're also required to register the trading name as a business name.

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If you decide that a company structure best suits your business, then you need to register as a company. One of the benefits to registering as a company is being able to register a company name. With a company name you have the advantage of holding exclusive rights to that name in Australia, without having to register in each state.

You can only choose a company name not already registered to a company or business. Special approval is also required to use certain words.

If your company carries on business in a name different to your registered company name, then you must register the business name.

Your business name does not protect your intellectual property or brand. Understand the differences between abusiness name and a trade mark before deciding whether to register a trade mark.

What to do...

  • Find out how to register a company and a company name on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) website.

  • Search ASIC Connect to see if your proposed name already exists.

  • Use IP Australia's Trade Mark Databases to ensure your proposed company name isn't already being used as a trademark.

  • To register your company name, complete and lodge Form 201 - application for registration as a company , together with the prescribed fee. You can lodge it in person at any ASIC Service Centre or by mail to: ASIC, PO Box 4000, Gippsland Mail Centre, VIC 3841.

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