Doing Business with Australia
The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) is the Australian Government’s trade, investment and education promotion agency. Austrade is responsible for advancing Australia's international trade and investment interests by providing information, advice and services. Austrade operates through a global network of offices in more than 100 locations in over 50 countries.
Austrade Madrid is located within the Australian Embassy. The Madrid office assists Spanish and Portuguese investors interested in accessing opportunities in Australia. In addition, Austrade Madrid promotes and supports Australian education providers and Australian businesses.
Austrade Madrid can be contacted via email.
For information on studying in Australia, please refer to the Study in Australia website.
Useful Business Resources
Guide to Investing & Benchmark Report
The Guide to investing website is designed to help international investors and businesses in investing and operating in Australia.
The Benchmark Report (PDF) provides data and examines key reasons for investing in Australia.
Download the various trade and economic fact sheets:
Australia’s trade relationship with Spain (PDF) and Portugal (PDF)
Factsheet of Australia (PDF)
Export and Import Information
Find out more on Australian export and import laws, including information about trade agreements, tariffs and duties.
Spanish companies wishing to sell products and services to Australia or to obtain details on import regulations into Australia should contact the appropriate government trade promotion bodies:
ICEX España Exportación e Inversiones and Spanish regional trade promotion bodies.
Visit the Australian Border Force website to see the list of applicable tariffs for imported goods.
Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is the principal revenue collection agency of the Australian Government. Visit its website for information on VAT and tax issues.
Customs and Quarantine & Biosecurity
Private non-profit organisation supported by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Its goal is to strengthen and deepen bilateral relations with Australia, a priority country within Spain's foreign policy for the Asia-Pacific region.
Find government information on Customs and Quarantine for Australians travelling overseas, and for overseas visitors to Australia.
Q: What can be legally imported into Australia?
A: The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources regulates products imported into Australia. BICON allows persons to determine whether a commodity intended for import into Australia is permitted or needs an import permit.
For information on the list of products that can be legally exported from Australia, please click here.
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
The Australian Government encourages Australian enterprises operating overseas and multinational enterprises operating in Australia to observe the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The Guidelines provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct in a variety of areas, including:
employment and industrial relations;
combating bribery, bribe solicitation and extortion;
science and technology;
The Australian National Contact Point (AusNCP) promotes the use of the OECD Guidelines and contributes to the resolution of issues relating to their implementation, including facilitating access to conciliation services.