• Clean and green Victoria

    And then there's the weather. The winds on HD 189733b (which lies about 63 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Vulpecula) blow at up to 5,400 mph (8,700 km/h) — about seven times the speed of sound. And if that's not crazy enough for you, scientists think the rain on this world is made not of water, but of molten glass.

  • Melbourne is projected to have low economic exposure risk

    And then there's the weather. The winds on HD 189733b (which lies about 63 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Vulpecula) blow at up to 5,400 mph (8,700 km/h) — about seven times the speed of sound. And if that's not crazy enough for you, scientists think the rain on this world is made not of water, but of molten glass.

  • Australia is an open and internationally engaged economy

    And then there's the weather. The winds on HD 189733b (which lies about 63 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Vulpecula) blow at up to 5,400 mph (8,700 km/h) — about seven times the speed of sound. And if that's not crazy enough for you, scientists think the rain on this world is made not of water, but of molten glass.

  • Large and sophisticated financial sector

    And then there's the weather. The winds on HD 189733b (which lies about 63 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Vulpecula) blow at up to 5,400 mph (8,700 km/h) — about seven times the speed of sound. And if that's not crazy enough for you, scientists think the rain on this world is made not of water, but of molten glass.

  • Robust and transparent legal system

    And then there's the weather. The winds on HD 189733b (which lies about 63 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Vulpecula) blow at up to 5,400 mph (8,700 km/h) — about seven times the speed of sound. And if that's not crazy enough for you, scientists think the rain on this world is made not of water, but of molten glass.

Australia is one of the easiest, safest, and most transparent locations in the world to conduct business.

Australia is an easy and safe place to do business. We rank in the top seven percent of countries for overall ease of doing business1 and have one of the most transparent and well-regulated business environments in the world. We rank in the top ten countries for finance and banking regulation, regulatory compliance, and management of financial system risk.2

Australia's sound legal and governance frameworks, combined with our political stability, provides a secure investment and business environment. Australia ranks in the top 10 countries for rule of law3 and also ranks highly for fair administration of justice, safeguard of personal security and protection of property rights2.

Our financial services sector is large and sophisticated. It is ranked fourth in the world for supporting business efficiency.2 Our financial system is shifting towards a cashless society. We are the second world leader of financial card transactions and we rank in the top six for of having the most financial cards in circulations.2 We have deep financial markets, with the largest pool of funds under management and the second largest liquid stock market in the Asia Pacific region.4 Our currency is among the most highly traded in the world.5

Australia has well established open-market policies, and large global trade and investment flows. We are ranked fourth highest on the Index of Economic Freedom, reflecting Australia's high trade, investment and financial freedoms.6 We are closely engaged with our Asia Pacific neighbors.

Melbourne is projected to have low economic exposure risk compared to other major and regional financial cities according to Lloyd's City Index which measures 18 economic exposure threats, including market crash, cyber attack, flood, human pandemic, solar storm, power outage, wind storm, plant epidemic, freeze, sovereign default, heat wave, terrorism, earthquake, drought, oil price shock, volcano, tsunami and nuclear accident.7

We have a rich history of welcoming foreign-owned companies. Foreign companies choosing Victoria as the location for their Australian headquarters include BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Exon Mobil, Energy Australia, Toyota, CITIC Resources Holdings Limited, BUPA, Holden, Cargill and Glencore Grain. Six of the top 10, and 29 of the top 100 Australian companies chose to establish their headquarters in Melbourne. Almost 40 per cent of Australia's top 1000 companies (by revenue) are foreign-owned.8


Source:

  1. World Bank, Doing Business 2016.
  2. IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2016.
  3. World Bank, Worldwide Governance Indicators 2016.
  4. Austrade, Why Australia: Benchmark Report 2016.
  5. Reserve Bank of Australia, as at July 2016.
  6. The Wall Street Journal & Heritage Foundation, Index of Economic Freedom 2015.
  7. Lloyd's City Risk Index 2015-2025
  8. IBISWorld, Top 2000 Australian Companies, 2015.