Business Innovation and Investment Programme
To be nominated, the investor/entrepreneur must file an application for State Nomination with the Business Migration Centre (BMC).
Once approved, it is required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the SkillSelect Online process of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Once nominated in SkillSelect, he or she will receive an invitation from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to apply for a Provisional visa subclass 188.
After a certain period of time, depending on the business/investment stream, he or she may apply for a permanent visa subclass 888. After 4 years of permanent residency, he or she may be eligible to apply for citizenship.
Premium investor streamTo apply for the provisional visa subclass 188 under the Premium Investor Stream, you must invest at least AUD15 million in any of the following options (may be a combination):
- Australian securities exchange listed assets.
- Australian government or semi-government bonds or notes.
- Corporate bonds or notes issued by an Australian exchange listed entity (or wholly owned subsidiary of the Australian listed entity) or investment grade rated Australian corporate bonds or notes rated by an AFS licensed debt rating agency.
- Australian proprietary limited companies.
- Real property in Australia excluding residential property.
- Deferred annuities issued by Australian registered life companies.
- State or territory government approved philanthropic contribution.
You, your partner (spouse or de facto), or you and your partner combined must have net assets of at least AUD15 million that are legally acquired, unencumbered, and available to be used to make the complying investment in Australia.
You and your partner must not have been involved in unacceptable business or investment activities.
After 1 year, you may apply for a permanent visa subclass 888 (permanent residency visa), provided that you still keep the qualifying investments.
- Be under 55 years of age (some states or territories may waive this requirement, provided that business will bring exceptional economic benefits to the country).
- Have a funding agreement
- Have a business plan
- Statement of your ownership interest in the entrepreneurial entity
- Evidence of at least competent English language ability.
No nationality is officially restricted
Dual citizenship is recognized in Australia. You are not required to renounce your previous nationality to become a citizen of Australia.
- Certified copy of passport
- Two passport-size photos
- Certified copy of ID Card
- Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)
- Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
- Medical Certificate
- Original Police Clearance Certificate
- Bank Statement
- Proof of net wealth
- Certified copy of Business License or Incorporation documents
- Investment Plan
- Evidence of Business Background
- Certified copy of Business License or Incorporation documents (if applicable)
- Proof of Payment of Business Purchase
- dual citizenship Yes
- Family members included Yes
- land ownership Yes
- Physical residence required No
- Personal visit required Yes
- Language skills required Yes
- Interview required No
- Investment Single A$15,000,000
- Investment Family 4 A$15,000,000
- Minimum annual income -
- Time to citizenship 60
- Time to permanent residency 12
- Visa-free countries 170
- Financing available No
permanent residency benefits
temporary residency benefits
Australia ranks second in the UN’s Human Development Index, only surpassed by Norway, and is the fourth freest economy according to the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom. It has one of the highest income per capita rankings worldwide - slightly higher than the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France in terms of purchasing power parity. Australia has a solid and stable economy, with reduced unemployment, controlled inflation, relatively small public debt, and a strong and stable financial system. Its currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD).
Visa Free Travel
You will be considered a tax resident in Australia if your permanent domicile is in the country or you have been in Australia more than half a given year (unless your place of abode is outside Australia and you don’t intent to reside in the country) or you are an Australian employee.
Tax residents are subject to personal income tax on their worldwide income, whereas non-residents are taxed on their income derived from Australia.
If you hold a provisional visa, you will be considered a temporary resident, and therefore your foreign-source income may not be subject to taxation.
The personal income tax rate is progressive up to 45% for annual income in excess of AUD54,232 (AUD62,685 for non-residents).
An additional tax of 2% applies to income in excess of AUD180,000, both for residents and non-residents.
Capital gains are treated as ordinary income, though if the asset is held by a tax resident (excluding temporary residents) for more than one year, a 50% discount may apply. Nonresidents are also subject to a non-final withholding tax of 10%.
Dividends received from resident companies are taxable income, but a tax offset is usually available to prevent double taxation. For dividends received from foreign sources, a foreign tax credit may be also available. Interests and rental income are subject to taxation at standard rates.
Australia has enacted controlled foreign company (CFC) regulations. Foreign companies controlled by residents that fail the “active income test” (usually when passive income is more than 5%), might have their passive income subject to taxation, whether the income is passed at the personal level or not. Ranges to determine whether a company passes the ‘active income test’ or not, will depend on its jurisdiction of residence.
States and territories levy land taxes. Transfers of assets are subject to a stamp duty at rates up to 5.75%. There is no net worth tax, nor inheritance taxes in Australia.
There is a Goods and Services tax, which applies to transactions of goods and services. The standard rate is 10%.
Regarding corporate taxation, resident entities are subject to a 30% tax on their worldwide income. A reduced tax rate of 28.5% may apply for those companies whose turnover is less than AUD2 million. There are several available tax breaks and exemptions for companies engaging in R&D activities.
Dividends from resident entities are usually entitled to a tax offset. Dividends from a foreign source may be exempted if the parent company holds at least 10% of the shareholding of the payer entity, otherwise they may be taxable.
Capital Gains are treated as ordinary income. An exemption may apply to those from the disposal of shares, if the parent company holds at least 10% of the capital of the subsidiary.
Dividends paid to non-residents may be exempt from withholding taxes, provided that profits were already taxed, otherwise they may be subject to a 30% withholding tax. Payments on interests abroad are usually subject to 10% withholding tax, however certain interests may be exempt. Royalties are usually taxed at 30%. These rates may be reduced or eliminated under a tax treaty.
For further information on corporate taxation, legal framework and tax treaties, check out incorporations.io/australia.
This should not be construed as tax advice. We have access to a global network of qualified attorneys and accountants who can give you the proper advice for your particular circumstances. Contact us for further information.
- Property tax Yes
- Transfer tax Yes
- Inheritance tax No
- Net worth tax No
- CFC law Yes
- Tax residency days 183
- Personal income tax rate 47%
- Capital Gains tax rate 27.5%
- Investment income tax rate 27.5%
- Territorial taxation No
ProceduresPlease sign in to view
Our qualified lawyers in Australia will handle all paperwork, and guide you through each step of the process to ensure that it is as fast, efficient and pain-free as possible.
First, our advisors will help you to successfully pass the SkillSelect test and the Expression of Interest (EOI). If required, they will advise you on what investments and business are likely to be nominated and approved. They will help you to develop your business and investment plan (if applicable). Once you are nominated our lawyers will guide you through all document requirements to file, as well as complete questionnaires, translate and legalize documents.
Then, we will file your application to the Immigration and Border Control department. The whole process may take about 12-18 months. Once, your project is approved you may apply for the residency visa and conduct the investment.
For further information on Australian Business Innovation and Investment visas and detailed procedures, contact us for a free private consultation.