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Doing business in Australia

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in Australia.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in Australia
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank showing key indicators for business and economic conditions.

Guides

Overseas Business Risk - Australia
Guidance from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. Covers economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism threat, organised crime and intellectual property.

Doing Business in Australia
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. Published in March 2017.

Doing Business in Australia
Country guide from Baker Tilly International providing an overview of rules and regulations covering business entities and accounting, finance and investment, employment regulations and tax. Published in October 2016.

Doing business in Australia: an introductory guide
Guide published by PwC in October 2016. Includes information on the structure of business entities, the Australian Securities Exchange, visa and immigration for business, taxation, employment law, intellectual property, consumer law, anti-trust and competition law and environmental law.

Country guide: Australia
Guide on doing business created by HSBC in association with Grant Thornton in 2016. Sections cover:

  • conducting business
  • tax system
  • labour 
  • audit
  • trade
  • finance
  • infrastructure.

Australia: Guide to Doing Business
A business guide from legal firm Baker & McKenzie which helps companies understand the economic, legal and regulatory structures of Australia. Published in September 2016.

Australia company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Exporting

On our Exporting to Australia page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice.' The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

The float guide: How to float a company on the Australian Securities Exchange
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

Atradius country reports
Overviews published by Atradius covering the country's most important business sectors, key indicators, political and economic summaries and outlook.

Forums and support networks

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Federation of regional chambers of commerce and industry associations throughout Australia.

Australian British Chamber of Commerce
A support network for promoting business and trade between Britain and Australia.

Australian Business
UK-based organisation supporting professionals and businesses with Australian and New Zealand interests.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

Buy books from Amazon on doing business in Australia

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in Australia
Analysis of the business environment in Australia, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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