Company Registration in Australia - Offshore Business Starting & Setup

Want to set up a firm in Australia? We can assist you in starting a business or in buying a shelf company in Australia with a full package of necessary documents, legal advice and follow-up support. Incorporation of a firm in Australia includes provision of a registered office (for at least 1 year in any of our service plans), an apostilled set of constitutional documents, secretarial services and assistance with compliance fee and pre-approval for opening an account in an australian banks. The total price of an offshore company formation in Austriala includes all necessary fees and charges for the first year of operation, as well as full one-year nominee service (package Optimum).

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Company registration
Legal address per year
Secretarial services for the first year
Fees and duties for the first year
Apostilled bound set of incorporation documents
Nominee service per year
Bank Account Pre-approval
2 500 USD

2 500 USD

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General corporate information

Legal System

Australia's legal system has been influenced by English law. As in England the main legal sources in Australia are legislative acts and common law formulated in court decisions.

Common law is the same for all six states and two inland territories: Northern and the Australian Capital Territory. Precedent validity only decisions of the Supreme Court of Australia and supreme courts of states and territories.

The Australian legislation consists of the laws issued by parliaments of the Union and separate states and by-laws of corresponding executive authorities.

The main law regulating companies is the Corporations Act 2001.

Corporate forms of companies in Australia

The laws of Australia provide for the following legal forms of companies:

  • Proprietary Company Limited by Shares;
  • Proprietary Company Unlimited Company with Share Capital;
  • Public Company Limited by Shares;
  • Public Company Limited by Guarantee;
  • Public Company Unlimited Company with Share Capital;
  • Public Company No Liability Company;
  • Partnership;
  • Branch of a foreign company.

The most popular and widespread form in Australia is the Public Company with Limited Liability.


Company name

A company may use a free name (if it is not identical or unacceptable) or ACN (the expression "Australian Company Number" followed by the company's ACN).

Limited public company must have the word "Limited" at the end of its name. Limited proprietary company must have the words "Proprietary Limited" at the end of its name.

Unlimited proprietary company must have the word "Proprietary" at the end of its name.

No liability company must have the word "No Liability" at the end of its name.

A public company must not include the word "Proprietary" (or an abbreviation thereof) in its name if it was a public company before July 1, 1998; and if the word "Proprietary" was included in its name before July 1, 1998.

Registering a company in Australia

To register a company in Australia, you must go through the following steps:

1. Checking and choosing an acceptable company name and structure.

Company name can be registered with Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Procedure takes 1-2 hours.

2. Payment for services.

3. Preparation of documents for submission to the Registrar.

Preparation of the set of documents for company registration, signing of documents by the participants.

Necessary documents:

  • Application forms for registration;
  • Corporate documents of the company (Charter, Memorandum of Association, etc.);
  • Confirmation of reservation of the company name;
  • Information on the company structure (shareholders, directors, secretary) and on the registered office;
  • Any additional information on request of state authorities.

4. Company registration.

Terms for incorporation are about 5 business days from the date of filing all required forms and documents to the Registrar.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission assigns each Australian company unique number - Australian Company Number (ACN).

5. Obtaining unique numbers to identify a business.

Australian Business Number (ABN) and Tax File number (TFN).

Registered office

Companies in Australia must have a registered office.

All main documents of the company must be stored at the address of the registered office.


There are no mandatory requirements for the company seal.


Redomiciliation of companies to and from Australia is permitted.

Company structure


Proprietary company must have at least 1 director. This director must be a resident of Australia.

Public company must have at least 3 directors (not including deputy directors). At least 2 directors must be resident in Australia.

Director of the company may be appointed only a person over 18 years.

The company must notify the Securities and Investments Commission within 28 days of the appointment of a director or a deputy director.


A public company is not required to have a secretary, but if it has 1 or more secretaries, at least 1 of them must be a resident of Australia.

Public company must have at least 1 secretary, one of whom must be a resident of Australia.

The secretary can be a person over 18 years old.

The company must notify the Securities and Investments Commission within 28 days of the appointment of a secretary.


Proprietary company limited by shares must have authorized capital and at least 1 shareholder. Securities and Investments Commission may petition the court for dissolution of the company if it has no shareholders.

A company must have no more than 50 non-employee shareholders if it is:

Registered as a proprietary company; or has changed by becoming a proprietary company; or remains registered as a proprietary company.

A director of the company, who is its sole director and sole shareholder, may exercise all the powers of the company except those to be exercised by the general meeting of shareholders.


In August 2022, the Australian Treasury Department launched a consultation paper on tax transparency in which it disclosed plans to implement a public beneficial ownership register.

In Multinational Tax Integrity and Tax Transparency, published for consultation, the Department of the Treasury explained that the new Beneficial Ownership Register will show who "ultimately owns or controls a company or entity."

Share capital and shares

There is no minimum authorized capital requirement for a Proprietary company limited by shares.

Bearer shares are prohibited.

Frequently Asked Questions about Company Registration in Australia

How much does it cost to register a company in Australia?
The cost of opening a company in Australia depends on the type of company to be registered and the type of activity you will be engaged in. The minimum package of services costs USD 2500 and includes: registration of the company on a turnkey basis, lease of the registered office for a year and secretarial services, payment of all necessary duties and fees, as well as apostilled translation of the constituent documents.
Can a foreigner register a company in Australia?
Yes, foreigners are allowed to register a company in Australia. There are no specific restrictions on foreign ownership of companies in Australia. However, foreign investors must comply with the same legal, tax, and regulatory requirements as Australian citizens and resident companies. Foreign investors can choose from several forms of business organizations, including sole trader, partnership, and limited liability company (LLC), to carry out business activities in Australia.
Can you set up an LLC in Australia?
Investors can establish a company in Australia, which provides limited liability protection to its owners similar to an LLC. The most common type of company in Australia is a proprietary limited company (Pty Ltd), which is similar to a private limited company in other countries. In order to establish a company in Australia, foreign investors need to follow the same process as Australian residents, including registering the company with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), appointing directors, and obtaining an Australian Business Number (ABN).
How are companies taxed in Australia?
In Australia, companies are taxed on their taxable income, which is calculated as their assessable income minus allowable deductions. The tax rate for companies is currently 27.5% for companies with an annual taxable income of less than AUD 50 million, and 30% for companies with an annual taxable income of AUD 50 million or more. In addition to company tax, Australian companies may also be subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST), Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) withholding tax on employee salaries, and Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on certain benefits provided to employees.

Core Services and fees for the formation of a company in Australia


Price2 500 EUR

(including incorporation tax and state registry fee)

Corporate legal services

Price1 500 EUR

(including registered address and registered agent)

Delivery of documents by courier mail

Price250 EUR

DHL or TNT, at cost of a Courier Service

Nominee Director

Paid-up “nominee director” set includes the following documents

Nominee Shareholder

Paid-up “nominee shareholder” set includes the following documents

Compliance fee in Australia

Compliance fee is payable in the cases of: incorporation of a company, renewal of a company, liquidation of a company, transfer out of a company, issue of a power of attorney to a new attorney, change of director / shareholder / BO (except the change to a nominee director / shareholder), signing of documents


Price350 USD

simple company structure with only 1 physical person

For legal entity in structure under GSL administration

Price150 USD

additional compliance fee for legal entity in structure under GSL administration (per 1 entity)

For legal entity in structure not under GSL administration

Price200 USD

additional compliance fee for legal entity in structure NOT under GSL administration (per 1 entity)

For client with high risk Status

Price450 USD

Signing of documents

Price100 USD

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