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Extracts from commercial register of Australia

Schmidt & Schmidt provides extracts from the commercial register of Australia with a translation and an apostille.

Commonwealth of Australia is a sovereign state that consists the continent of Australia, a large island of Tasmania and several smaller islands. This is a federal constitutional monarchy, a prominent member of the Commonwealth of Nations, with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state. The Queen is represented here by the Governor-General. De facto head of state is the Prime Minister of Australia. Local currency is the Australian dollar. National language is English. Australia is a member of the United Nations, G20, OECD, World Trade Organisation, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Australia has a highly developed economy, ranking 13th by nominal GDP, and 9th by nominal GDP per capita. Australia is second in the world by human development index, and ranks high by the democratic and social criteria, such as political rights, economic freedom, healthcare, education, and quality of life in general.

Australia has a mixed market economy that ranks fifth in the world by Index of Economic Freedom. Poverty rate is relatively low here. Services sector takes up over 60% of the country’s GDP, employing about 80% of labour force. Australia gets revenue from such industries as insurance, banking, manufacturing, and mining.
Australia is not considered a tax haven or an offshore centre. OECD classifies the country as “compliant” in tax cooperation matters, and so does the European Union.

Australian corporate law is based on English law. Business activities in Australia are regulated by the 2001 Corporations Act and other relevant laws.

Main types of businesses in Australia

  • Proprietary Company Limited by Share
  • Proprietary Company Unlimited with Share Capital
  • Public Company Limited by Share
  • Public Company Limited by Guarantee
  • Public Company Unlimited with Share Capital
  • No Liability Company
  • Partnership
  • Trust
  • Individual entrepreneur

Registration of companies is managed by Australian Business Register. Access to the Register is done via the Australian Business Register website, or via the website of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). To run a business in Australia, one needs to register an Australian business number (ABN).

Contents of the register

Main extract available from the commercial register of Australia is a company profile. It comes in the English language and contains information about a company, relevant at the moment of the request.

  • Full legal name (and former names)
  • Registration number and date
  • ABN
  • Type of business
  • Legal address
  • Current status (active/inactive)
  • Main activities
  • Registered capital
  • Owners, key management, shareholders
  • Tax details
  • Auditors
  • External transactions manager

Other available documents

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Annual return
  • List of shareholders and directors

NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable, or available for a fee.

Search in the register is not free of charge. Search results are sent to you within 5-7 days after request submission.

Sample of a current extract from Australian Business Register in English

To get a required document, we will need the following information about a company:

  • Full legal name
  • Registration number

An extract from the business register of Australia can be used in order to:

  • Obtain detailed information about potential business partners
  • Negotiate foreign trade agreements
  • File legal claims

Apostille for extracts from Australia

Australia acceded to the The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents on 11 July 1994.

Therefore, the documents issued in Australia are subject to a simplified apostilling procedure, thus the documents gain full legal value in Convention member states after notarised translation.

In addition, you can order notarised translation from English.

We provide extracts from the register in strict compliance with the legislation of the Commonwealth of Australia and the General Data Protection Regulation.

Inquiries are processed within one working day. Courier delivery of apostilled documents is paid separately by courier service tariffs.

You can order free preliminary availability check of required information on our website.



Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an Electronic Extract from 35,70 from 30,00
Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping from 357,00 from 300,00

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We offer extracts from the commercial registers of more than 100 different registers in countries spread all around the globe. Additionally, we offer annual statements for a variety of companies. The original extract from any commercial register can be sent to you by mail or as a pdf-file via e-mail. Besides that, commercial register extracts can be authenticated with an apostille.

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