Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) Help

Overview of the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)

The Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) is a free online service to help you find all government licences, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines to meet your compliance responsibilities. ABLIS also provides supporting information which may assist you in starting and running a business in Australia. There are a number of different options available from which you can access this information. A brief description is provided below to assist you in choosing the right option to meet your needs.

The ABLIS Home page is the starting point to search and discover information in ABLIS and to register with the Australian Business Account (ABA) to save search results for later use. The ABA is an online service offered to registered users as a central point to access Government business information, receive notifications and record and monitor transactions relating to their business.

ABLIS Options

All options in ABLIS provide relevant information for starting or running a business in Australia. The type of information can vary depending on the option chosen.

There are four options in ABLIS; and these are:

  • 'ABLIS search' – provides information via a step by step Q&A process
  • 'Custom search' – provides information relevant to specific search criteria entered
  • 'Find a form' - provides specific forms and resources
  • 'Information packs' – provides a range of information across various topics

ABLIS Search

You can perform an ABLIS search from the ABLIS Home page.

Fill in the details for the two mandatory fields in the ABLIS search option: your business type and your business location. You can enter multiple details in both search fields, separated by a comma.

If multiple results are found related to the business types or locations you entered, you may then be prompted to select one or more business types and/or locations. You can tick as many options as you like to ensure the search results retrieved are accurate and tailored to your type of business and your business location.

You will then be prompted to answer some detailed questions about your business through a series of tick boxes. You can tick as many options as you like to ensure the search results found are accurate and tailored to your business and location.

My ABLIS search results

Once you have completed the business related question and answer section of the ABLIS search, the related licencing and compliance and non-compliance information displays as your search results. From this page you can review your search results and then select to progress to the next step in the process; saving your search results as either a PDF package or to your ABA.

You can view each of your results in detail by clicking on the search result title link. You can also select the 'View service summary' link. Both actions will open up a new page displaying the search result in detail; including a definition of terms, information on fees, eligibility requirements and useful contact details for each search result.

You can also view all forms and information sheets associated with each search result by selecting the 'Display forms and resources' link, if relevant. The name of each form and resource displays as a hyperlink, from which you can choose to open the form in a new window.

You can select to save your selected search results using different 'delivery' methods, by clicking the 'Next' button at the bottom of any of the search results pages. A new page displays offering different options from which to choose how you wish to receive your selected search results.

Save my ABLIS search results as a PDF package

Two options are presented from which you can generate a PDF document of your search results and select how you wish to receive that PDF; that is, either download to your computer or elect to receive it via email. You will need to select the tab relative to how you wish to receive the PDF package.

If you choose to save your search results and download a PDF package, you can add your name if you wish to personalise your package. Once you are ready to create the package, click the 'Download PDF' button. A page displays whilst the package is being generated which notifies that you can either wait for the completion of the package or navigate away and retrieve the package at a later time: the PDF package ID is presented at this time. Once complete, a Success page is presented with a link to ‘Download your PDF’. You can then download, save and/or print your PDF package.

If you choose to save your search results and email your PDF package, then you may enter a name but you must enter an email address. You can add multiple email addresses by selecting ‘Add another email’. A Success page is presented confirming that you will receive an email with the PDF package once it is ready. It also provides details of each email address entered and the PDF package ID for each.

Save my ABLIS search results to my Australian Business Account (ABA)

One of the delivery options available is to save your search results to your ABA.

If you are not already logged in to the ABA, you have the choice to either ‘Login and save’ or to ‘Sign up’ for an ABA. If you click on the ‘Login and save’ button, you will be directed to the ABA Login page where you will need to log in to your ABA. Once you have successfully logged in, if you have more than one business profile, then the option to select a business profile is presented. If you only have one business profile, then this option is not presented. Your selected search results are saved as individual items to your To Do List and a Success page is presented advising you of the number of search results saved.

If you do not already have an ABA, then you can click the ‘Sign up’ button. You will be directed to the ABA Sign up page for completion. Once you have completed the required information and submitted your request, you will need to select to return to ABLIS and click the ‘Login and save’ button. You will be directed to the ABA Login page, where you will need to log into your new ABA. Once you have successfully logged in, then your results are saved as individual items in your To Do List and a Success page is presented advising you of the number of search results saved.

If you are already logged into your ABA, then you can click the ‘Save to ABA’ button. If you have more than one business profile, then the option to select a business profile is presented. If you only have one business profile, then this option is not presented. Your selected search results are saved as individual items to your To Do List and a Success page is presented advising you of the number of search results saved.

Custom Search

You can perform a Custom search by clicking the 'Custom search' link on the ABLIS Home page. You can also access the Custom search option by clicking the Custom search tab at the top of most pages.

Custom search provides a range of search criteria by which you can target your specific search requirements and relevant compliance and non-compliance information. By default, the Keywords and Location options are presented. You can use these or select other criteria by clicking one or more options on the left hand side of the page.

Depending on the search criteria you use, you will need to either type in some words or select specific options. If you decide to use different search criteria options, then the search will look for all search results that satisfy all of the information you entered or selected.

My Custom search results

Once you have entered your keywords or business location or any other criteria, all matching search results display. From this page you can review your search results and then select to progress to the next step in the process; saving your search results as either a PDF package or to your ABA.

You can view each of your search results in detail by clicking on the search result title link. You can also select the ‘View service summary’ link. Both actions will open up a new page displaying the search result in detail; including a definition of terms, information on fees, eligibility requirements and useful contact details for each search result.

You can also view all forms and information sheets associated with each search result by selecting the ‘Display forms and resources’ link, if relevant. The name of each form and resource displays as a hyperlink, from which you can choose to open the form in a new window.

You can also select to filter your search results so that you can ‘hide’ those results you do not need to view at this time. These search results are not removed from the list, so you can select the filters again to re-display the hidden search results.

You can select to save your selected search results using different ‘delivery’ methods, by clicking the ‘Next’ button at the bottom of any of the search results pages. A new page displays offering different options from which to choose how you wish to receive your selected search results.

Save my Custom search results as a PDF package

Two options are presented from which you can generate a PDF document of your search results and select how you wish to receive that PDF; that is, either download to your computer or elect to receive it via email. You will need to select the tab relative to how you wish to receive the PDF package.

If you choose to save your search results and download a PDF package, you can add your name if you wish to personalise your package. Once you are ready to create the package, click the ‘Download PDF’ button. A page displays whilst the package is being generated which notifies that you can either wait for the completion of the package or navigate away and retrieve the package at a later time: the PDF package ID is presented at this time. Once complete, a Success page is presented with a link to ‘Download your PDF’. You can then download, save and/or print your PDF package.

If you choose to save your search results and email your PDF package, then you may enter a name but you must enter an email address. You can add multiple email addresses by selecting ‘Add another email’. A Success page is presented confirming that you will receive an email with the PDF package once it is ready. It also provides details of each email address entered and the PDF package ID for each.

Save my Custom search results to my Australian Business Account (ABA)

One of the delivery options available is to save your search results to your ABA.

If you are not already logged in to the ABA, you have the choice to either ‘Login and save’ or to ‘Sign up’ for an ABA. If you click on the ‘Login and save’ button, you will be directed to the ABA Login page where you will need to log in to your ABA. Once you have successfully logged in, if you have more than one business profile, then the option to select a business profile is presented. If you only have one business profile, then this option is not presented. Your selected search results are saved as individual items to your To Do List and a Success page is presented advising you of the number of search results saved.

If you do not already have an ABA, then you can click the ‘Sign up’ button. You will be directed to the ABA Sign up page for completion. Once you have completed the required information and submitted your request, you will need to select to return to ABLIS and click the ‘Login and save’ button. You will be directed to the ABA Login page, where you will need to log into your new ABA. Once you have successfully logged in, then your results are saved as individual items in your To Do List and a Success page is presented advising you of the number of search results saved.

If you are already logged into your ABA, then you can click the ‘Save to ABA’ button. If you have more than one business profile, then the option to select a business profile is presented. If you only have one business profile, then this option is not presented. Your selected search results are saved as individual items to your To Do List and a Success page is presented advising you of the number of search results saved.

Find a Form

You can perform a Find a form search by clicking the ‘Find a form search’ link on the ABLIS Home page. You can also access the Find a form search option by clicking the Find a form tab at the top of most pages.

You will need to enter some keywords or the form name if you know it, and a location, to initiate the search. You can enter multiple words in either field: however it is best to use a comma between each word so that the search looks for each word individually.

My Find a Form search results

Once you have entered your keywords and business location, all matching search results display. From this page you can review your search results and then select to progress to the next step in the process; saving your search results to your ABA.

You can view your search results in detail by clicking on the search result title link. This will open the form or resource in the same window or navigate you to the website from which you can select the form or resource.

You can also view all services associated with each search result by selecting the ‘Display related services’ link. The name for each related service displays as a hyperlink, from which you can choose to open the service. This will open up a new page displaying the search result in detail; including a definition of terms, information on fees, eligibility requirements and useful contact details for each service.

You can also select to filter your search results so that you can ‘hide’ those search results you do not need to view at this time. These search results are not removed from the list, so you can select the filters again to re-display the hidden search results.

You can select to save your selected search results to an ABA, by clicking the ‘Next’ button at the bottom of any of the search results pages. A new page displays offering the option to save selected search results to your ABA.

Save my Find a Form search results to my Australian Business Account (ABA)

If you are not already logged in to the ABA, you have the choice to either ‘Login and save’ or to ‘Sign up’ for an ABA. If you click on the ‘Login and save’ button, you will be directed to the ABA Login page where you will need to log in to your ABA. Once you have successfully logged in, if you have more than one business profile, then the option to select a business profile is presented. If you only have one business profile, then this option is not presented. Your selected search results are saved as individual items to your To Do List and a Success page is presented advising you of the number of search results saved.

If you do not already have an ABA, then you can click the ‘Sign up’ button. You will be directed to the ABA Sign up page for completion. Once you have completed the required information and submitted your request, you will need to select to return to ABLIS and click the ‘Login and save’ button. You will be directed to the ABA Login page, where you will need to log into your new ABA. Once you have successfully logged in, then your search results are saved as individual items in your To Do List and a Success page is presented advising you of the number of search results saved.

If you are already logged into your ABA, then you can click the ‘Save to ABA’ button. If you have more than one business profile, then the option to select a business profile is presented. If you only have one business profile, then this option is not presented. Your selected search results are saved as individual items to your To Do List and a Success page is presented advising you of the number of search results saved.

Information Packs

You can select to access an Information pack by clicking the ‘Information pack’ link on the ABLIS Home page. You can also access the Information pack option by clicking the Information pack tab at the top of most pages.

A list of Information pack categories displays for related States, Territories and the Australian Government. Once you select an Information pack category, one or more Information packs display from which you can select to review and generate a PDF document which will contain relevant information associated to the Information pack.

There are two processes available which allow you to generate a final Information pack PDF document, and these are:

  • Each Information pack will usually contain a number of sections, which may or may not be relevant for you and your business. Navigate through each section, and select the appropriate answer to the question of whether or not to include that section in your final Information pack PDF document. A section may also include various resources or forms, and for some you will have the choice as to whether or not you want to include these resources or forms in your final Information pack PDF document.
  • Select to bypass all of the sections associated to the Information pack, and choose to generate a final Information pack PDF document which contains all of the sections and all related resources and forms for that Information pack.

Once you have completed all sections for the Information pack, or you have selected to bypass all of the sections, a new page displays from which you can choose to generate the PDF document and either download it, or email it to a valid email address.

Australian Business Account (ABA)

The Australian Business Account (ABA) is an online service offered to registered users as a central point to access Government business information, receive notifications and record and monitor transactions relating to their business.

You can access the ABA from the ABLIS Home page by clicking on the ‘Visit the Australian Business Account’ button located at the bottom of the screen. Alternatively, you can select either the ‘Login or Sign up’ link located at the top right-hand side of most ABLIS pages.

Sign up to the ABA

If you do not have an ABA, you can choose to sign up by clicking on the ‘Sign up’ link located at the top right-hand side of most ABLIS pages.

This will navigate you to the ABA Sign up page. Follow the prompts or visit the ‘Help’ section to sign up for an Account. You will have the option to navigate to your Account or back to ABLIS.

Login to my ABA

If you have an ABA, you can choose to access it from ABLIS by clicking on the ‘Login’ link located at the top right-hand corner of most ABLIS pages.

You will navigate to the Login page, where you can select to use either your Digital Credential or your ABA Username and Password. Upon successful login, you will return to ABLIS.

Advice & Assistance

For advice and assistance with using ABLIS, click on the ‘Contact us’ link in the middle of the ABLIS header, or on the bottom right-hand side of the footer.