Small Business Glossary

Small business entity (SBE)

In Australia, a small business entity refers to a business structure, such as a sole trader, partnership, company, or trust, that is actively engaged in a trade or profession that generates income with an annual turnover (revenue) less than $10 million

Small business entity (SBE):

  • Carries on a business: The entity is actively engaged in a trade or profession that generates income.
  • Aggregated turnover: The entity's annual turnover (revenue) is less than $10 million. This includes the combined turnover of any businesses you're connected or affiliated with (refer to aggregation rules for details).

Key Points:

  • The $10 million turnover threshold is set by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for eligibility to various tax concessions available to small businesses.
  • Other government agencies, like the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), may have slightly different definitions of a small business for their specific purposes (e.g., employee headcount).

Benefits of being a Small business entity:

  • Access to simplified tax reporting requirements.
  • Eligibility for tax concessions, including lower tax rates and increased instant asset write-off thresholds.
  • Potentially less complex regulatory compliance compared to larger businesses.


  • Australian Taxation Office:
  • ASIC - Setting up a business structure:

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