Starting a business can be a complex process. To help, here are answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions relating to starting a business.

First check if you are entitled to an ABN by using the ABN entitlement tool available at www.ato.gov.au/abnentitlement

If you are entitled to an ABN the quickest way to apply is online at the ABR website www.abr.gov.au 

It’s free to apply for an ABN. As part of the online application process you can also:

  • apply for a national business name
  • get an AUSkey – a digital certificate that allows you to log in to a variety of government online services
  • register for taxes including GST and PAYG withholding

Signing a commercial lease is a huge milestone for many new businesses. There are many terms and conditions contained in a lease and it’s important to understand these in order to negotiate a commercially viable lease for your business.

Key terms and conditions include:

  • Lease duration (or term) and options to renew or purchase
  • Rent and rent reviews
  • Permitted use
  • Tenancy mix and competition
  • Costs
  • Repair and maintenance
  • Compensation for disruption caused by landlord’s works
  • Assignment and sub-leasing
  • Default and breaches
  • Redevelopment and relocation

Always remember to check your business activity is compatible with the zoning of your proposed business location before signing your lease.

Visit the Small Business Development Corporation website for comprehensive information about business premises, along with a wealth of small business information, training and assistance.

Yes, you will need a sign licence even if your business sign is on private land.

This helps ensure signage throughout the City is appropriate, minimises clutter and helps maintain the amenity of the area. Different rules/requirements apply to City road reserves and road reserves managed by Main Roads WA.

More information on signage including the policy and requirements are available on the City’s website.

Yes. The City offers a range of programs, scholarships, training, support and rebates to local businesses through the Economic Development Fund and the Business Grants and rebates program. View the full list of opportunities and check your eligibility here.

The City also provides free access for local businesses to the Wanneroo Funding Finder where you can view localised public and private grants from around Australia.

If you want to do business with the City, the best place to start is to register with e-tender portal.

Here you will find the latest information on City tenders currently being advertised, tenders that have been awarded as well as assistance with receiving, viewing and clarifying tender documents.

Signing up to the City’s business e-news will also keep you in touch with other opportunities that may not require a tender process.