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Doing Business in Sydney

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Doing Business in Australia                  Doing Business in Sydney and NSW


Doing Business in Australia

According to the World Bank Group Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency publication, Australia (using Sydney as the measure) comes in 13th overall out of 189 economies in a series of annual reports which measure the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. See http://www.doingbusiness.org/reports/global-reports/doing-business-2016

Doing Business report measures regulations affecting 11 areas of the life of a business. Ten of these areas are included in this year’s ranking on the ease of doing business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.

Doing business in Australia is easier than in most other countries. With one of the most transparent and well-regulated business environments in the world, Australia’s political stability and regulatory framework provides investors with confidence and security.

For six years in a row, Australia has been ranked third on the Index of Economic Freedom. It is ranked 10th for ease of doing business and fourth when compared to economies with a large population.

Australia's financial services sector has:

* assets of almost A$6.4 trillion, over four times Australia’s nominal GDP

* the world’s fourth largest superannuation system

* strong financial market turnover

* the largest liquid stock market in the Asian region, outside Japan.

The Australian Government, through its key investment and export agency Austrade, publishes the Why Australia Benchmark Report. This report provides rich data demonstrating why there is no better place than Australia to do business. The report examines five key reasons for investing in Australia – Growth, Innovation, Talent, Location and Business – and compares Australia's credentials with other countries.

The Report and Charts can be downloaded and saved as images for use in reports and presentations (please reference www.austrade.gov.au).

Index of Economic Freedom World Ranking

Key Indicators of Ease of Doing Business

Business Efficiency and Environment

Worldwide Governance Indicators

Assets of Australian Financial Institutions

Australia’s Projected Superannuation Assets

Australian Financial Markets Annual Turnover

Size of Key Stock Markets in Asia

International and Domestic Debt Securities in Asia Pacific


Doing Business in Sydney and NSW

For information with respect to investment in Sydney and NSW, the NSW government Department of Industry website provides information as to Why Sydney and Why NSW? It also provides details as to government assistance to companies seeking to invest.

For full details see http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/invest-in-nsw

For economic analysis and background see the RDA Sydney 2013-2016 Regional Plan and the RDA Sydney 2015 Economic Baseline Assessment Report market information within this website www.rdasydney.org.au

For information with respect to available to the metro strategy, employment lands and business parks see the latest report by the NSW government Department of Planning and Infrastructure. The Employment Lands Development Program 2015 Report is a comprehensive report on the current state of industrial land supply and major business parks across Metropolitan Sydney and the Central Coast Region. For full details see



Key Innovative and Research Capabilities

Sydney Key Innovative and Research Capabilities information.

Economic Profile

Information on Sydney's Economy, included the latest economic data.

Social and Demographic Profile

Sydney has a diverse and dynamic ethnic mix.

Sydney Education Sector

Metropolitan Sydney acts as one of Australia's major education hubs.

Investment Opportunities

Some opportunities to invest in Sydney.

Key Industries

Some of Sydney's major industries.


Last Updated: 21 May 2018