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  • Pet Migration - Bringing Cats and Dogs ( and other pets ) to Australia
    on the permit This invoice will be sent within approximately 7 days of the animal arrival Once your animal has arrived we recommend you contact the animal quarantine station to confirm the release date of your animal and the amount of the quarantine fees and to update your contact details Your account must be paid prior to the release of your animal If your animal is due for release on a weekend or an Australian public holiday please ensure that your amount is paid in full on a business day prior as payment cannot be taken on weekends AQIS can accept payment via EFTPOS Cash Visa MasterCard or American Express Payment by bank cheque draft must be received at least 14 working days prior to your animal s collection No personal cheques will be accepted NOTE AQIS fees and charges may change at any time Fees for government animal quarantine stations for cats and dogs Animal Departures Animal departure hours differ between the quarantine stations Please refer to the individual quarantine station information for further details Due to the large number of animals at the quarantine stations AQIS cannot quarantee the return of belongings that arrive with your animal Importers are responsible for the collection of their animals from the quarantine station The animal will only be released once the quarantine station account has been paid in full Photo identification must be presented at the time of release The animal will only be released to the importer or their authorised agent This authority must be arranged with the quarantine station prior to the collection of the animal If you are unable to pick up your animal on their release date you must contact the quarantine station prior to the specified release date In most cases it is not possible for your animal to stay beyond its designated release date Many pet transport companies offer the service of collecting your animal from the quarantine station and provide boarding until you are able to take it yourself Pet transport companies worldwide and within Australia www ipata com Owner Representative or Agent The person listed as the importer on the AQIS import permit is classified as the owner and is responsible for the animal during the quarantine period the release of the animal from quarantine and all associated fees The importer may authorise other persons agents e g family members friends pet transport agencies etc by written permission to make enquires visit or collect the animal at its intended release date This written permission must to be forwarded to the animal quarantine station may be given out to the exporter or pet transport agent that transported the animal to Australia Any other information regarding an animal will only be given out to the importer or their authorised agent Visiting your Animal You can visit and interact with your animal during the quarantine period As visiting hours differ please refer to the individual quarantine station information for further details AQIS does not allow the

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  • Business in Australia - Business hints, tips, advice and services for Australians and migrants
    2001 became operative Together with ancillary statutes they replace the former Companies Act and Codes which operated on a State basis The ASIC is the administering authority for companies The ASIC has responsibility for regulation of companies takeovers futures trading and securities Companies are required to keep records in the English language and these records must be retained for at least 7 years Accounts if required must be prepared each financial year and lodged with the ASIC This depends on the classification attributed to the company Any date may be adopted for a company s financial year end but it would normally be the same as for the holding company if applicable or 30 June to coincide with the close of the tax year The required contents of a company s accounts are specified in detail in the Corporations Act approved Accounting Standards which have the force of law and Australian Accounting Standards required by the professional accounting bodies Listed companies must also comply with Australian Stock Exchange listing requirements The Corporations Law requires that accounts of all disclosing entities public companies large proprietary companies registered schemes and small proprietary companies that are controlled by a foreign company for all or part of the year must be audited laid before the AGM for approval and filed with the ASIC Exemptions are available to small companies when the accounts are consolidated into the foreign corporations financial statements and are lodged with the ASIC Exemption is also available for foreign controlled companys not part of a large group A small proprietary company is a company whose consolidated position indicates i gross assets of less than 5 000 000 ii gross turnover of less than 10 000 000 iii employs less than 50 employees To qualify as a small proprietary company two of the above criteria must be satisfied The following exemptions are afforded to a small proprietary company i need only one shareholder and one director ii in specific circumstances will not be required to prepare annual accounts in accordance with accounting standards iii will not be required to hold a formal annual meeting or iv have its financial accounts audited TAXATION OF COMPANIES Company tax in Australia is a Federal income tax It is levied at a flat rate regardless of the size or structure of the company Effective from 1 July 2001 the corporate tax rate is 30 The timing of payment of income tax is dependent on the quantum of tax payable The principles determining the income upon which tax is levied are contained in the Income Tax Assessment Acts of 1936 and 1997 The rates are contained in the Income Tax Rates Act The income tax law is administered by the Commissioner of Taxation which is based in Canberra the Federal Capital A company which is resident in Australia is liable to Australian income tax on all its assessable income which is not specifically exempt less allowable deductions with a credit for qualifying foreign taxes paid A non

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  • Starting a Business in Australia
    extremely important for most businesses Many aspects to consider here include parking visibility and competition Note Floor traffic is fundamental to success Leases Poor lease can be the cause of business failure Don t leave it to chance Take professional advice and make sure the lease will permit long term viable operation of your business Check with your Local Council re Health Department requirements plans for roads and any other works or bylaws which may impact on the location of the business There are by laws impacting on business particularly a home based business Capital Gains Tax may be payable on the disposal of your home check with the Australian Tax Office or your Accountant REGISTRATION OF BUSINESS NAME Registration of a business name is only required by law if you use a name other than your own name John and Mary Brown or J and M Brown are quite lawful If you use Brown s Cleaning Services usually for marketing reasons it must be registered INCOME TAX STATE TAX DUTY Taxation is a complex area requiring expert knowledge Small business owners must observe the various Federal and State laws These include income tax personal and company capital gains fringe benefits sales rental business duty stamp duty artists royalties Books and records are best maintained daily and must be preserved for 5 years Tax payments must be made promptly INSURANCE An essential part of commerce Based on the principle of the utmost good faith premiums are related to the risks as seen by the insurer There are two types of insurance life assurance and general insurance Any business could need up to 22 different policies Every business owner should insure their life income and commercial risks Workers compensation insurance is COMPULSORY for all employees including company directors Insurance Brokers usually provide a broader range of services to businesses Monthly premiums can sometimes be negotiated EMPLOYEES By carefully selecting staff the likelihood of legal action for unfair dismissal can be minimised Provide a written job description before employees start work and make sure that employees understand what you expect in the workplace This should be in writing Obtain information from Department of Productivity and Labour Relations and Department of Occupational Health Safety and Welfare regarding hours holidays leave superannuation safety If purchasing a business beware of ongoing liabilities eg long service leave and check on training requirements BUSINESS DOCUMENTATION Business transactions normally require the use of special forms such as invoices statements receipts quotations petty cash wages book pay slips and credit notes It may be prudent to purchase small quantities of forms from stationers or secretarial services before committing to expensive printing Computerisation may be a worthwhile option BUDGETING AND FINANCE CONTROL Monthly and annual budgets are essential for any business A graph of sales or turnover is a great aid for motivation and focuses management thinking Also consider need for security of cash and documents records including cash register and night safe facilities MARKETING ADVERTISING Marketing is the engine

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  • Business Structures in Australia
    if the business may be sold at a later date who the owners of the business are and their shared rights and obligations whether you will use your own name for the business or use a trading name Ultimately you need legal and accounting advice about this to make sure you start on the right foot Getting started Before you spend all your money make sure you have taken into account all the potential costs including any government costs and the fittings a realistic idea of the other financial needs of your business particularly in the early days when it may have to be subsidised by your own savings or borrowings properly researched the cost of finance an idea of the other costs of running the business for instance the cost of utilities and insurance enough money to maintain your lifestyle until the business is self supporting a budget plan and a marketing plan understand any legal obligations that may be relevant to the business eg company or tax reporting requirements checked with the local council that your business can be operated in the location you intend researched whether there are any employer or retail associations who can help before

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  • The Sole Trader
    to do any or all of the work in the business What are the advantages This type of structure is ideal if the business is not complicated especially if it does not require a great deal of outside capital There isn t much paperwork in establishing this type of structure If you use your own name you don t have to register the business name This will only be necessary if you have a trading name There are less stringent reporting obligations compared with other structures You may be able to deduct tax losses from personal income You are entitled to profits and the ownership of assets It s relatively straightforward to wind up What are the disadvantages You are personally liable for all debts Personal property may be vulnerable for debts and other business liabilities Large sums of capital are less likely to be available to a sole trader and you may have to rely more on overdrafts and personal savings You may require enormous investments of time without the normal employee recreation leave and other benefits There may be issues of continuity of business in the event of death or illness Limiting liability Talk to an accountant or

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  • Partnership (structure)
    take equal responsibility for the business s activities and trading A written agreement allows partners to change these general rules and record them in the agreement Partnership agreements A partnership agreement is usually a good idea otherwise there is no written record of the duties and responsibilities of partners which can be very important if there s a dispute later on If there is no written agreement the duties and responsibilities of partners are equal which may not be what you want What does a partnership agreement cover It will cover issues like the amount of money each partner brings into the partnership how the profits will be divided the different roles and responsibilities of each partner the requirements to provide financial reports the rights of partners to draw on bank accounts how partners can leave the partnership and the consequences of this what happens when the business is sold how disputes are handled the salaries the rights of departing partners to start a similar business etc Partner s unlawful acts What if the partner does something that is outside their authority under the partnership agreement This depends whether the person who dealt with the partner knew or should have

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  • Trusts
    way that a company is In simple terms it is a business structure where a trustee usually a company carries out the business on behalf of the members of the trust A trust is set up through a trust deed Types of trust There is a range of trusts discretionary trusts where the trustee has a discretion when distributing funds to the beneficiaries The most common example is the family trust unit trust were unit holders have a number of units in the trust Distribution from the trust is on the basis of the number of units held hybrid trust this is a combination between a unit trust and a discretionary trust The lingo Appointor this is the person who has power under the trust deed to remove the trustee and appoint another trustee Beneficiaries these are the people can include a company who are entitled to distributions from the trust Settlor this is a person who is unrelated to the beneficiary or trustee who provides an amount of money eg 10 to establish the trust Trustee this is usually a company it can be a person which owns the assets of the trust not in its own right but

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  • Companies - what is a company
    limited liability Possible disadvantages include they can be complicated and expensive to establish and administer if it is a large company if you are not a sole shareholder the shares may be difficult to sell if you have only a minority shareholding you may be allowed little or no input into the affairs of the company you will only be able to leave the shares in the company to your beneficiaries under your will not the assets of the company separately and they require expensive procedures to comply with reporting regulations Is liability always limited No there are types of structures that do not provide limited liability for owners but they are unusual and we will not look at them here However even in companies limited by shares it is possible for owners to be exposed to personal liability For example a bank may require a personal guarantee against loans or overdrafts or sometimes a director can be held personally responsible for actions that are clearly beyond the ability of the company to pay Shareholders Shares can either be available to the general public or the private owners If the shares are available to the public it is called a public company If the shares are available to private owners it is called a private proprietary company We will deal solely with private companies Private companies The Corporations Act makes the procedures for small companies a lot easier than they used to be A company will also have the words Proprietary Limited Pty Ltd after its name a unique Australian Company Number ACN that will be included in most company literature and business documents e g invoices receipts business letterhead cheques etc a common seal i e a stamp which contains the company name and other identifying details e g the ACN it is no longer compulsory to have a common seal a registered office although this doesn t have to be the place of business in fact it is often the address of an accountant or lawyer However under the law companies are required to notify the ASIC of changes in the company s place of business where that place is different from the registered office Shelf companies Shelf companies are sold by services that simultaneously register a number of companies and then sell them off the shelf They suit people who have straightforward requirements for their company structure Starting a private company You must choose a name for the company and ensure the name is acceptable for registration e g it is not identical to another name or otherwise unacceptable e g it cannot be the same as a pre existing name This can be checked with the ASIC Remember this refers only to the corporate name if the company operates in the public under a different business name that name must be registered with the Office of Fair Trading reserve the company name It will be reserved for two months Otherwise you can apply to use the

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