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.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
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.
Registration ongoing until cancelled.
Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Investors and Financial Consumers
Corporations Act 2001 (Australian Government)
Corporations Regulations 2001 (Australian Government)
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