Ecovis Clark Jacobs has extensive experience assisting foreign companies to establish their Australian operations. We provide expert advice regarding local economic, financial, legislative and competitive pressures, and ensure that all aspects of your business are fully compliant with Australian regulations.
When establishing a new business in Australia there are numerous matters to consider.
The most common business structures in Australia adopted by parent entities are either a branch of the foreign parent company or a separate Australian subsidiary company, the choice of which depends on the specific circumstances of the foreign business. In either case, Australia’s corporate law requires the appointment of a local resident to act as either a local agent/officer for the branch, or a director for the company.
This requirement can be a major hurdle if you have no contacts in Australia willing to take on this role, because as a resident director Australia expects significant commitment, which brings with it certain liabilities and legal exposure.
Ecovis Clark Jacobs currently provides Australian resident director services for several of our foreign clients from around the world including the US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Israel and NZ. We assist in the full business lifecycle, providing tax, accounting, and related business services as an add-on to the resident directorship, including:
"By appointing David Conley as resident director of our Australian business we were assured that all bases were being covered"
As Australian ‘locals’ we have the knowledge, expertise and contacts to enable your Australian venture to be set-up and running in the shortest possible timeframe.
Our international network gives us easy access to advice concerning the interaction of Australian tax with your home jurisdiction, if required.
In addition to our own tax, accounting and related advisory skills, we can introduce further expertise via our network of lawyers, banks/lenders, insurers, valuers, translators…whatever you require
When you first make contact with us we will have many questions. As the role of a resident director in Australia involves personal liabilities and risks for the individual involved, we have specific information, documentation and insurance requirements that must be satisfied, including:
Meet our experts
Scott is a Director of the firm and has over 16 years of public practice experience in boutique firms in both Perth and Sydney...
David is a Director of the firm and an affiliate of the institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, over 18 years...
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