Welcome to Australia. Australia is a vibrant, stable free-market democracy with a strong competitive economy and a skilled workforce. An attractive and dynamic investment destination, Australia is where many New Zealand companies begin their export activities.
New Zealand and Australia have one of the closest and broadest economic and trading relationships of any two countries in the world – and an intense sporting rivalry! The strong business connection means significant opportunities for New Zealand exporters.
If you’d like to find out more about making the most of these opportunities, have a look at our market guide for Australia (you'll find it at the top of this page).
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 2nd biggest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||NZ-Australia CER|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||15|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||13|
Getting to Australia
It’s easy to jump over the ditch. Air New Zealand, with its code share partner Virgin Australia, has over 200 flights to Australia every week. The flight time depends on the destination, for example flight time to Eastern Australia is around four hours, however it takes about seven and a half hours to get to Perth.
Other airlines, such as Qantas, Emirates and Jetstar, also offer non-direct flights.
When to visit
Some public holidays in New Zealand and Australia fall around similar times. It’s best to check when Australia’s national holidays are when planning your visit as some businesses may close during this time.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on Australia.
Although the two countries are geographically close, there are some important business and cultural differences between New Zealand and Australia. Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind:
Overall, people in Australia dress more formally than in New Zealand. Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne are typically more formal than other Australian locations.
Australia has federal, state and local governments – that means work practices and regulations differ around the country. It’s important to have a good understanding of this to ensure you meet all the requirements.
You can find more cultural details in our guide at the top of this page.
Getting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in Australia
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Australia, we can help you make the most of your visit. Please get in touch with your Customer Manager a few weeks before you visit. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information. And don't forget, the more time you give us, the better we’re able to connect you to the right resources.