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The Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) is a search tool for existing business operators and people considering starting a business.

ABLIS streamlines processes for business by providing access to industry specific information on:

  • licences
  • registrations
  • council approvals
  • codes of practice
  • fees in place.

Based on information provided by relevant agencies and departments, results are provided for commonwealth, state/territory and local council requirements.

Features of ABLIS

  • A guided search provides business operators with the compliance and support information to start, grow, or close their business.
  • A custom search also helps business operators find a specific form or service directly if they already know what they need with no need to go through the guided search
  • A suite of APIs are available, allowing ABLIS data to be incorporated into apps developed by state and territory jurisdictions or third party business advisory services. The APIs can be used to provide a seamless end-to-end experience within a jurisdiction’s existing user interface that is consistent with their branding.
  • Significant improvements have been made to the service to enhance the user experience including :
  • streamlined question and answer process to help business get the information they need specific to their business and circumstance
  • ensuring information is available on any device
  • ensuring information is accessible to users of all ability levels.

Benefits of ABLIS for government

  • A streamlined, modern and reliable service that reduces costs to responsible government agencies
  • Increased business intelligence for government stakeholders and interested parties to inform policy development, continuous service improvement and provide an enhanced user experience.

Benefits of ABLIS for business

  • Reduced time and effort for businesses and operators to access and understand compliance requirements across all tiers of government
  • A complete list of location and industry specific compliance information available in one place
  • Compliance information will be more widely available, as more government and private sector service providers integrate ABLIS information into their products.

Business capability

  • ABLIS works with you to ensure the services are accessible, user-centric, and mobile device friendly
  • ABLIS can provide advice on how to structure your content and ensure your business finds the most relevant information it needs.

Additional information

ABLIS provides three levels of services to state and local government jurisdictions. Your agency can access one of the options outlined below:

  • Link to ABLIS user interface - a link to the ABLIS URL can be provided on your customer facing government webpage.
  • Consuming APIs - data from the ABLIS database can be pulled to your own jurisdiction branded website by making use of the many APIs made publicly available under the Australian Government’s Open Data policy.
  • Development of a new API/s - collaborate to develop APIs and create a solution that best supports your jurisdiction’s requirements.

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Last updated: 22 August 2018

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