With the fifth largest economy in the Asia-Pacific region and the 13th largest in the world, Australia offers a wealth of opportunities. 27 years of steady growth - and one of the highest qualities of life in the world - make this increasingly diverse and multicultural nation an ideal place in which to do business.
Australia is renowned for its amazing weather, passion for sport and spectacular landscapes. Success across multiple industry sectors, a highly skilled workforce and connections to fast-growing Asian markets position Australia as the perfect business destination.
HSBC was established in Australia in 1965, with a full banking licence obtained in 1986. Today, the HSBC Group offers an extensive range of financial services through a network of 35 branches and five offices in Australia including retail and commercial banking, financial planning, trade finance, treasury and financial markets, global liquidity and cash management and securities custody.
As one of Australia’s leading international banks, we are very well positioned to help your business thrive.
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1 Australian Government, 2019
2 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2019
3 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), 2019
* Map shows cities of economic significance according to the CIA, 2019
All indices represent the latest 2018/19 rankings
for ease of doing business (in a survey of 190 measured economies by The World Bank)
Resource-rich Australia continues to extend its 27-year streak without recession, a modern-era record for uninterrupted growth. This stellar run is also forecast to carry on at a steady rate.
Australia’s population has more than doubled since 1966, fuelled by an increase in birth rate, life expectancy and migration. And it’s not stopping at 25 million either, with the population predicted to increase by almost 50% to 35.9 million by 2050.
Australia is located close to Asia, the new epicentre of global economic growth. It has a strong brand in China and is well known throughout Asia as the outpost of the English-speaking world.
Home to many multinational organisations with operations in Asia, Australia is a regional leader that influences business across Asia-Pacific.
Growth in consumer spending is driving the domestic economy. Household wealth is high. And at 66%, Australia also has one of the highest middle-class populations.
Australia’s political stability, transparent regulatory system and sound governance frameworks underpin its economic resilience. It also has a quality of life that is rated among the best in the world.
Situated between the India and Pacific Oceans, Australia is a land of contrasts. From verdant tropical rainforests to its arid red centre, the many incredible beaches and its growing urban spread.
Australia is a truly unique and diverse country. Its multicultural, multiracial landscape is reflected in all areas of society and its indigenous heritage continues to play a defining role.
This vast island continent contains 19 listed World Heritage sites, and is renowned for its landmark architecture including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, along with its ancient geology such as the striking landscapes of Uluru.
Each state and territory of Australia has its own government, though the country is governed by two main political parties.
Although it may appear geographically isolated, Australia’s businesses are becoming increasingly more prosperous by looking outwards onto the international stage.
Australia is the sixth largest country by land mass, with one of the longest coastlines in the world.
All of this combines to make Australia one of the global economic success stories of recent decades with low unemployment, a highly skilled workforce and thriving business community.
Read on to discover more about the dos and don’ts of doing business in Australia. Also find out how trading in or with the country could help boost the future growth of your enterprise.
The distances between Australia’s major cities are huge. Almost 4,000 km separate Sydney from Perth by car, the equivalent of driving for over 60 hours. Even Melbourne is 875 km from Sydney.
While Australia’s climate is a big attraction for many, temperature extremes can pose challenges in many industries. It is estimated that extreme weather costs the economy AUD7 billion a year.
Australia introduced a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. This allows a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years. As part of this programme, it is tightening eligibility requirements for employer-sponsored permanent skilled visas.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry highlighted paying taxes as a concern for businesses, some of whom raised grievances over the increase in superannuation levy from 9% to 12%.
There is a levy of 10% charged on most goods and services consumed in Australia. Better known as ‘GST’, there are several exclusions, which may not be immediately obvious. Examples of GST-exempt goods include most food staples and medicines.
1 Australian Government, 2018
2 TMF Group, 2018
All indices represent the latest 2017/18 rankings