Registration as a Foreign Company - Australian Government


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

A foreign company is 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
  • 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.

Service type


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 three months old)
  • 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.

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.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application Company $512.00 Fees for 2021-22

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply Company Checklist for Registering a Company (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Corporations Act 2001 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Corporations Regulations 2001 Australian Government

Application process


Please lodge your completed application with supporting documentation with the agency.

Administering agency

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Investors and Financial Consumers

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Customer Contact Centre

Investors and Financial Consumers

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Phone: 1300 300 630