This guide has been prepared to assist international investors and business operators who are considering doing business in Australia. The guide provides an overview of the laws, rules and regulations that govern doing business in Australia.

Given that law and business practices in Australia are constantly changing and are subject to different interpretations, you should seek professional advice on specific transactions before making any business commitments or decisions. Herbert Smith Freehills can provide assistance and support in areas of business advice, negotiation and law.

Please note that this guide is a summary only and does not represent legal advice. For further information or advice on specific proposals, please contact one of the Herbert Smith Freehills partners or visit the Herbert Smith Freehills website at

This guide is current as at 1 March 2019.

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