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Australia is a nation of small businesses. As Australia's largest bank1, we take pride in helping new Australians grow and nurture their business ideas. 

If you are not an Australian citizen or a permanent resident, you will need to apply for the right visa in order to set up a business in Australia. You will also need to know the legal and government requirements for each state. The Australian Government website has the most relevant and up to date information about this.


Visit business.gov.au

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Get started with CommBank's help

Most of the steps to set up a business in Australia need to be done once you have visited a branch and had your ID checked. However, if you want to get ahead, we have information to help you set up a business, along with tools and articles to help you get started.

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Alternatively, for more information about banking and living in Australia, visit our Moving to Australia hub which is dedicated to those wanting to make the move and start banking in Australia. If you have already arrived, click here.


Read more about setting up a business when you get to Australia

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Things you should know

As this advice has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on the advice, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances.

Taxation considerations are general and based on present taxation laws and may be subject to change. You should seek independent, professional tax advice before making any decision based on this information. Commonwealth Bank is also not a registered tax (financial) adviser under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 and you should seek tax advice from a registered tax agent or a registered tax (financial) adviser if you intend to rely on this information to satisfy the liabilities or obligations or claim entitlements that arise, or could arise, under a taxation law

1 ASX 200 list Australia’s primary stock market index; "World's largest banks by capitalization 2018" Relbanks.com.2015; The Commonwealth Bank of Australia Annual Report 2018