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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.

Useful links

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

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 to Australia
Regularly updated guide produced by UK Trade and Investment for companies looking to do business in this country. Sections include:

  • challenges
  • growth potential
  • opportunities
  • start-up considerations
  • legal considerations
  • tax and customs considerations
  • entry requirements.

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

Country guide: Australia
Guide on doing business created by HSBC in association with Grant Thornton in December 2014. Sections cover:

  • Legal overview

  • Conducting business

  • Tax system

  • Labour

  • Audit

  • Trade

  • Finance

  • Infrastructure

Doing Business in Australia
Guide produced by Grant Thornton giving an overview of local practices and regulations. Published in November 2014.

Doing business in Australia
Guide published by PwC in 2014 including information on corporate tax, personal tax, consumer law, and goods and services tax

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
Guide from HLB International giving general information on doing business in Australia, published in April 2013.

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 July 2014.

Australia: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi in August 2015, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in Australia.

Legal guides
A series of guides from PwC on business regulations, including Doing Business in Australia – An Introductory Guide.

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 in 2012 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


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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