Company formations & business setup

How you set up the right business structure is important, especially for tax minimisation and asset protection.

Nicholas Clayhills

We review your needs and help you choose your best business structure. We can then set up that structure for you and look after the paperwork.

“When we bought our business in 2009, Nic Clayhills professionally guided the process to completion, there was no stone unturned. Four years later and Nic’s due diligence is invaluable. When we engaged Clayhills we didn’t understand that we would be forming one of our most important business relationships. Nic, over the years has successfully advised and represented us. I could not recommend Nic more highly”
There are many different business structures to choose from, but only a few will be suitable for your specific needs.

Most often you will start out trading under your own name with an ABN. Once you have a proven business model that generates regular cash-flow, you should consider what business structure you need now and what structure you can grow into.
This can also factor in your planned business growth, the various interests of your current or future business partners / shareholders, industry specifics risk management, insurance, family trust structures and estate planning.

Common Company formations & Business setup Questions
What business structure do I use?
We can help you decide what kind of trading entity you should have. For example: a sole trader, a partnership, a Pty Ltd company, a trust, an association, community organisation or even a public company. It depends on your business needs, risk profile, tax, commercial and market requirements.
How do I get a business name?
Choose a business name that no-one else has used before, by looking at ASIC’s website: ASIC Online Services ; then register your business name with ASIC.
Start with applying for an ABN at: and then go to the tax office web site for details on the forms you need to fill in, at: