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This guide is designed to help international investors and businesses navigate investing and operating in Australia. It is an online guide to the regulations, considerations and assistance relevant to investing in, establishing and running a business in Australia, with direct links to relevant regulators and government agencies that relate to Australian Government regulation and available assistance.

To get started, select a topic below.

  1. Coming to Australia

    Information on the range of Australian visa options and immigration requirements.

    Australia Business Visas

  2. Investing in Australia

    Information on investing in Australia as a foreign entity, types of investment which require government approval, investor obligations, and how to apply for approval.

    Investing in Australia

  3. Setting up a business in Australia

    Information on establishing or acquiring a business and obtaining business premises in Australia.

    Setting up a business in Australia

  4. Running a business in Australia

    Information on employment conditions, taxes, and business practices regulation in Australia.

    Running a business in Australia
  5. Support programs in Australia

    Information on grants and assistance, R&D tax incentives, major project facilitation, and support for exporters.

    Understanding government support programs in Australia

  6. Seek Advice

    Please note: This guide is intended to assist you in finding the relevant information and to give you a starting point for discussion with advisers. This guide does not eliminate the need for professional advice. It is strongly recommended that you use professional advisers to advise you on legal, compliance and tax matters.

Australia has a federal system with three levels of government: 

The Australian Government, State and Territory Governments, and Local Governments. See Our Government for more information.

State and territory governments in Australia also have responsibility for various aspects of business regulation and offer assistance to foreign investors.  Where appropriate, the Guide will direct you to contact relevant state or territories for more information and assistance in these areas.

Take the time to explore those sites thoroughly for more detailed information. To get started, select a topic above.


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About this guide

The Australian Foreign Investment Guide directs you to relevant Australian regulators and government agencies for detailed information on the laws and regulations for investing and conducting business in Australia.

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