Registration as a Foreign Company - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to operate as a foreign company that will carry on business in Australia.

A foreign company is defined as a body corporate which has been formed or incorporated in an external territory or outside Australia, or an unincorporated body that is formed in an external territory or outside Australia and may sue and be sued or may hold property in the name of its secretary or other officer.

All relevant foreign companies must be registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must:

  • Provide a Certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation or Registration and a Certified copy of the body's Constitution (which are not more than 3 months old);
  • A list of Directors;
  • Appoint a local agent / power of attorney who is: a natural person or company, resident in Australia, and authorised to accept, on behalf of the foreign company, service of process and notices; and
  • Submit any other documentation as requested by the Agency.

A foreign company that is not bound by a written constitution and / or is bound by some other means of governance, you will need to provide a statement in writing to that effect and wherever possible include a description of the legislation that governs the administration of your company.

Please note that if any document is not in English, you will need to provide a certified translation of that document into English.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Prerequisites

Duration

Registration ongoing until cancelled.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$469.00
Miscellaneous

Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Investors and Financial Consumers

Act(s) name

Corporations Act 2001 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Corporations Regulations 2001 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries, ASIC WA Service Centre, Licensing and Business Operations
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Investors and Financial Consumers

Operating address:
Level 3
66 St Georges Terrace
Perth
Western Australia 6000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Perth, Western Australia 6001

Toll Free:

1300 300 630

Phone:

08 9261 4000

Fax:

08 9261 4227

Enquiries, ASIC Vic Service Centre, Licensing and Business Operations
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Investors and Financial Consumers

Operating address:
Level 24
120 Collins St
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Phone:

03 9280 3200

Toll Free:

1300 300 630

Fax:

03 9280 3444

Enquiries, ASIC NT Service Centre, Licensing and Business Operations
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Investors and Financial Consumers

Operating address:
Level 7 TIO Centre
24 Mitchell Street
Darwin
Northern Territory 0800
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801

Toll Free:

1300 300 630

Phone:

08 8943 0900

Fax:

08 8943 0910

Enquiries, ASIC ACT Service Centre, Licensing and Business Operations
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Investors and Financial Consumers

Operating address:
Level 2
2 Allsop Street
Canberra
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2600

Toll Free:

1300 300 630

Phone:

02 6250 3800

Fax:

02 6250 3811

Enquiries, ASIC NSW Service Centre, Licensing and Business Operations
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Investors and Financial Consumers

Operating address:
Level 5
100 Market Street
Sydney
New South Wales 2000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Sydney, New South Wales 2001

Phone:

02 9911 2000

Toll Free:

1300 300 630

Fax:

02 9911 2414

Enquiries, ASIC Tas Service Centre, Licensing and Business Operations
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Investors and Financial Consumers

Operating address:
Level 2, Telstra Centre
70 Collins Street
Hobart
Tasmania 7000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Hobart, Tasmania 7001

Phone:

03 6235 6800

Toll Free:

1300 300 630

Fax:

03 6235 6811

Enquiries, ASIC QLD Service Centre, Licensing and Business Operations
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Investors and Financial Consumers

Operating address:
Level 20, Commonwealth Bank Building
240 Queen Street
Brisbane City
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Brisbane, Queensland 4001

Phone:

07 3867 4700

Toll Free:

1300 300 630

Fax:

07 3867 4725

Enquiries, ASIC SA Service Centre, Licensing and Business Operations
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Investors and Financial Consumers

Operating address:
Level 7
100 Pirie Street
Adelaide
South Australia 5000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9827
Adelaide, South Australia 5001

Phone:

08 8202 8400

Supporting information

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