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  • Imports from Germany A$13,905 million
  • Exports to Germany A$2,920 million
  • Capital Berlin
  • Official Language German
  • Area 357,000 sq km
  • Population 80.8 million


Australia Germany Business Conference 2015
10 Sep 2015
Melbourne VIC , Australia

(Last updated: 14 Nov 2014)

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Doing Business

Germany is a member of the European Union (EU) and is subject to EU trade regulatory requirements.

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    Germany is the largest economy in Europe and the fourth-largest economy in the world. Germany is ranked as the world's third-largest exporter. Germany has one of the most robust economies in Europe.
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    Bilateral trade links between Australia and Germany are substantial but heavily in Germany's favour. Overall, Germany was Australia's tenth-largest merchandise trading partner in 2012-2013.
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    Germany is a Federal Republic. The Federal Government, based in Berlin, consists of the Federal Chancellor and the Cabinet of Federal Ministers. Federal elections are held every four years.
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European Union VAT changes

From 1 January 2015, there will be changes to the way Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged in the European Union (EU).


OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Multinational Enterprises should be aware of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises that provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business behaviour in a variety of areas, consistent with applicable domestic laws. These Guidelines are endorsed and promoted by the Australian Government. For more information, go to the AusNCP website.

Bilateral agreements

Australia has social security agreements with several countries that address the issue of 'double super coverage' for employees sent to work overseas. To take advantage of these agreements, Australian employers sending employees overseas to work must apply to the Tax Office for a Certificate of coverage.

For more details, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.

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