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How You Can Start Your Own Business In Australia On A Visa & Who Can Help You Do It

How You Can Start Your Own Business In Australia On A Visa & Who Can Help You Do It

When starting a business in Australia you need to make sure you have the right visa. You can do this by using a registered Australian migration agent such as, Work Visa Lawyers. Whether you want to establish a large or small business in Australia, it is important that you and your business have all the correct certifications. To do this, we recommend you get help when structuring your business. ABN Australia is a trusted and establish company who can help you do that. It is also important that you use an analyst to monitor your investments, expenses, and general accounting to ensure your business is operating legally.


Visa’s That Allow You to Establish a Business in Australia


1) Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)

The 188a visa allows you to establish a new or develop an existing business in Australia, conduct business and investment activity in Australia, and undertake entrepreneurial activity in Australia.

The subclass 188 will also allow you to travel in and out of Australia for the life of your visa and bring members of your family unit with you to Australia.

You can learn more about the subclass 188 from Home Affairrs here.

2) Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888)

The Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888) is the second stage of the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188). You can apply forth the subclass 888 once you have:

in Australia for the two years immediately before you apply

You can learn more about the subclass 888 from Home Affairs here.

3) Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)

The subclass 132 visa allows you to create a new business or develop an existing business in Australia through one of two streams; Significant Business History stream and Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream.

The Business Talent visa (subclass 132) allows you to establish a new business or to develop an existing business in Australia. The subclass 132 visa also allows you and any member of your family unit who has also been granted this visa to stay and work in Australia indefinitely.

You can learn more about the subclass 132 from Home Affairs here.


Basic Requirements for Starting a Business

Once you have been granted your visa you will need to come to Australia, establish a qualifying business in Australia, or participate in an existing qualifying business in Australia.

  • In Australia, if you want to start a company you need to register with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and get an Australian Company Number (ACN).
  • If you wish to establish a small business, owners are required to apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • In all cases you will need to set up a business bank account.


Once you enter Australia, it is important that you establish a qualifying business or participate in an existing qualifying business in Australia. For visas such as the subclass 132 you must establish a business and also actively manage that business for a set timeline. If you are looking to extend your stay on the subclass 188 visa you must have held the visa for at least three years. To do this, you must ensure that your new or established business is in compliance with your visa, as well as Australian law.

This can be a daunting task for most, therefore it is highly recommended that you seek business advise, financial advice, and other support services to assist you.

You can find out more about Australia’s rules and regulations for starting a business here.


Who Can Help You Start a Business in Australia

When establishing your company, we recommend that you use Australia’s premier registration and compliance consultancy, ABN Australia, which has been operating since 1976. ABN Australia is a family run business that provides a comprehensive range of company formation and business registration services, as well as resident director and secretarial services, and have excellent experience in dealing with clients from around the world. Aaron Garry the Managing Director there understands the concerns of international clients, and is able to tailor a flexible and affordable solution regardless the size of the client.

ABN Australia

ABN Australia provides business registration and legal documents using qualified and experienced lawyers with the aim of protecting you and your business from legal risks.

ABN Australia is experienced in:

  • Choosing your business structure
    • Preparing and reviewing your business structures legal documentation
    • Incorporation of a proprietary limited company with the Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC).
  • Business Registration
    • Application for an Australian Business Number (ABN) with the Australian Business Register (ABR) – required in order to conduct business in Australia.
    • Registration of your company for Goods and Services Tax (GST) with the Australian Tax Office (ATO)
    • Trademark registration
    • Domain Name registration
    • TFN registration
    • PayG registration
  • Legal
    • Lawyers ensure your documentation complies with the appropriate legislative and tax office requirements
    • Ensuring your documents are structured and maintained in line with the latest industry innovations.

Other services include:

  • Aged Shelf Companies
  • Trust Formation
  • Superannuation Fund
  • Corporate Registry Maintenance & Compliance
  • Corporate Secretarial Services
  • Foreign Company Services

To learn more and/or to contact ABN Australia click here.


Do you need help with an Australian visa application?

At Work Visa Lawyers we are experienced in assisting applicants in all matters relating to Australian visa applications. Our areas of expertise include Skilled Migration visas, Business Skills Migration visas, Employer Sponsored Work Visas, Partner and other Family Migration visas as well as the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) Review, Judicial Review and Ministerial Intervention.

If you require further information regarding your Australia visa options you can contact us through:

(08) 8351 9956 or +61 8 8351 9956 

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