Government Resources

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Company Directories

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) is the regulatory agency of financial services in Australia. The registry search feature of ASIC's site contains a national index of all Australian businesses. Searches can be performed by querying the organization's name or its Australian Business Number. The site offers help on performing searches for users who are not familiar with using the site.

The Australian Suppliers Directory section of the Austrade website is a searchable database of thousands of Australian companies, products, and services compiled by the Australian government. Resources are available for both Australian exporters and overseas buyers.

Trade Shows

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is a nonprofit organization established to grow the event and exhibition industry in Australia and New Zealand. The association provides several benefits to its members, which include exhibit and event organizers and suppliers. The site includes an event calendar, a search function for events, venues, and suppliers, a job center, and information about conferences.

News Sites

The Age, Melbourne's daily newspaper, provides comprehensive business news coverage in their "Business Day" section, as well as general news and information relating to the Australian economy. 

The Australian Financial Review reports news on the business and financial community. They offer an authoritative source of information on a wide ranging number of markets, industries, and companies. A paid subscription is required to access most of the site's content.

Regulatory Agency Sites

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the food and beverage industry in both Australia and New Zealand. The site contains information on the food code and regulation as well as important information for consumers such as recent recalls, insight into food labeling, and recent food complaints.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is in charge of developing and implementing policies in Australia's agriculture industry. The department's aim is to ensure safety and competitiveness of Australian agriculture on an international level. This site provides information on importing, exporting, travel, and a variety of topics related to different segments of the agriculture industry in Australia.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides foreign trade and development policy advice to the government in order to promote Australian interests internationally. The site contains information on the policies of the department, as well as the latest news relating to Australian foreign affairs and trade.

The Department of Health is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the healthcare industry in Australia. The site contains publications and programs as well as relevant information for both consumers and medical professionals.

Australia's Department of Primary Industries (DPI) develops successful and diverse food and agriculture industries. The site provides recent news related to these industries as well as a number of useful publications detailing a variety of methods to help start, grow, and sustain an agricultural or food-related industry.

The Department of the Environment and Energy designs and implements policies and programs to protect and conserve the environment, water, and heritage while promoting climate action. The department deals with topics including air quality, national fuel quality standards, and renewable energy. The site is a source for information regarding the department's legislation, grants, permits and licenses, and programs.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is the regulatory authority for the Australian pharmaceutical industry. The TGA oversees and regulates numerous therapeutic goods including prescription medicines, vaccines, and medical devices. The site contains information catered specifically to consumers, health professionals, and industry manufacturers. It also lists recent pharmaceutical recalls and alerts.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, internet, radiocommunications, and telecommunications. ACMA's responsibilities include promoting competition in these sectors, protecting consumers, developing equipment standards, managing the radio frequency spectrum, and representing Australia's communications internationally. The website provides resources for businesses, consumers, and the community on relevant topics regarding the ACMA and its regulated industries.

The Australian Department of Defence was created to protect the national interests of Australia and promote peace and security internationally. The Department of Defence includes the navy, army, and air force. Their webpage provides reports and publications, a section with information on possible careers, updates on the industry and their contracts, as well as a large amount of media and news reports on the department.

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) oversees and regulates all areas of the financial services industry in Australia. The site provides publications and statistics as well as information regarding financial legislation and policies.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is the regulator for Australia’s corporations, markets, and financial services. ASIC is more specifically involved in the registration of securities as well as the oversight of financial reporting and market mechanics. The site contains useful links and publications for those in the Australian financial services industry.

The role of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is to manage and shape tax, excise, and superannuation systems that fund services for Australians. The site contains a listing of all tax laws, regulations, and tips sorted by tax filing type (i.e. individual, business, non-profit, super, and tax professionals).

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) was created by the Australian government to help businesses sell their products, such as perishable goods, manufactured items, and professional services, overseas. The site provides a directory of Australian exporting firms, trade statistics, an event calendar, industry reports, and information on investing in Australia.

Other Resources

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) is a council of over 350,000 business representatives that strive to represent the interests of business nationally and internationally. The site includes publications, policy reviews, annual reports, and surveys, dating as far back as 1998. The available online reports cover diverse issues, such as the environment and employment. These reports are available in PDF.

Australian Exporters is a fully searchable directory of Australian exporters listing each company’s main products as well as size, turnover, and contacts. This site also includes an exporting guide, along with useful information on expanding export operations, market research, and trade agreements.

This site, hosted by the Government of Australia, provides information and tutorials on starting and/or growing a business. Comprehensive information is also given regarding the hiring of employees, grants and assistance, importing and exporting, insurance, intellectual property, market research and statistics, and taxation. The information applies mostly to Australia, however much of it has general applications as well.

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) informs members and represents the diverse interests of all Australian retailers. This site includes relevant news articles, career advice, retail consulting, events, and a business directory.

This article, produced by Michigan State University's Antiā€Counterfeiting and Product Protection Program, discusses the challenges of product counterfeiting and intellectual property rights issues in Australia. Article available in PDF.