Small businesses make up the vast majority of economic activity in Australia. This chapter outlines the main legal issues confronted when commencing, operating and dissolving a small business. The Law Handbook also contains other information relevant to business, such as employment, tax and dealing with customers.
Reading this chapter will only give you a guide and is not a substitute for obtaining professional advice suited to individual situations. Advice can be obtained from a private lawyer or an accountant regarding most aspects of running a small business. See also the contacts listed under Small Business in our Service Directory.
The Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy's Small Business Gateway has a number of video resources and workbooks which may help those going into business.
The Department also operates a Small Business Contact Service to provide referrals to the most appropriate sources of business information and advice.
The content of the Law Handbook is made available as a public service for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for legal advice. See Disclaimer for details. For free and confidential legal advice in South Australia call 1300 366 424.