Doing Business in Australia

24 November 2020
Lionel Hogg, Partner, Brisbane Edward Nixey, Partner, Sydney Michael Owens, Partner, Brisbane Jol Rogers, Partner, Melbourne Mark Pistilli, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Jeremy Smith, Chairman, Melbourne

The revised 2020 edition of Gadens’ Doing Business in Australia guide provides foreign investors with an overview of the Australian business, economic and regulatory environment, and practical advice on how to go about setting up and doing business in Australia.

The Australian Government welcomes foreign investment. With well-developed infrastructure, a stable political environment, a robust, competitive economy and easy access to Asia Pacific, Australia is an ideal investment location for foreign companies looking to grow internationally.

There are important considerations for foreign investors to make when deciding on how to enter the Australian market. Whether it’s the choice between establishing a new company, registering as a foreign company or acquiring an existing company, each option has its own regulatory and tax considerations.

At Gadens, we facilitate international companies entering the Australian market as well as those in Australia wanting to expand into international markets. Through the experience and expertise across the various practice areas of our firm, we welcome the opportunity to work with foreign investors in establishing and running businesses in Australia. For more information on what we do for international clients, visit the International page on our website.

Our guide provides an overview of Australia’s laws and regulatory bodies, addresses threshold considerations investors face in entering the Australian market and provides a summary of some of the rules and regulations that apply to everyday business activities in Australia.

Doing Business in Australia serves as an overview only and should not be used as a substitute for specific legal advice on the application of Australian law. Please get in touch with our team to discuss any queries regarding entering the Australian market and doing business in Australia.


The guide is current as at October 2020.

This update does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. It is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on matters of interest and it is not intended to be comprehensive. You should seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content.

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