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Doing business with Australia

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The Australian Government encourages Australian enterprises operating overseas and multinational enterprises operating in Australia to observe the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The Guidelines provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct in a variety of areas, including:

  • human rights;
  • employment and industrial relations;
  • environment;
  • combating bribery, bribe solicitation and extortion;
  • consumer interests;
  • science and technology;
  • competition; and
  • taxation.

The Australian National Contact Point (AusNCP) promotes the use of the OECD Guidelines and contributes to the resolution of issues relating to their implementation, including facilitating access to conciliation services.



The Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade – is Australia’s leading trade and investment agency.

We are experts in connecting Australian businesses to the world and the world to Australian businesses.

We have a proud history of helping Australian businesses pursue their global ambitions and have the power to open doors, unlock opportunities and help Australian businesses go further, faster.

We help attract game-changing investment to Australia, to support new industries, enhance existing ones and bolster our world-class research and development – strengthening global supply chains, creating local jobs and boosting the economy.

With a global network of offices around the world, our experts in Australia and abroad collaborate to provide the best ‘in-country’ advice.

Our diverse team, consisting of country experts, industry specialists, and trade and investment analysts, provides clients with actionable macro and micro insights.

From trade and investment processes to protocols and regulation - we help Australian businesses, big or small, navigate complex overseas markets and make it easier for them to go global.

At the same time, our advice, contacts and support at every step, reduce the commercial risk of exporting to overseas markets.

And, our work continues. At a time of increasing global uncertainty, we are transforming our services, to help ensure Australia’s growth and a global future for all.

Austrade Paris is located in the Australian Embassy. The Paris post works with Australian exporters willing to export  or expand their businesses in France, Belgium and Luxembourg. The post also works with French, Belgian and Luxembourg investors who are interested in investing in Australia (Foreign Direct Investment).

 Austrade Paris can be contacted at [email protected]

For information on studying in Australia, please refer to the "Study in Australia" website:

Exporting to France, Belgium and Luxembourg 

For information contact Austrade Direct on 13 28 78 (inside Australia). 


Doing business with Australia

A gateway to information and services about Australia for foreign business people.

Fact sheet

Australia's trade relationships with France (pdf) and  global trade relationships.

BICON: Biosecurity Import Conditions System

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources regulates products imported into Australia. BICON allows persons to determine whether a commodity intended for import into Australia:

  • Is permitted
  • Is subject to certain conditions
  • Requires supporting documentation
  • Requires treatment
  • Needs an import permit.

Information on Australian quarantine and importation issues can be found on the Biosecurity page of the Australian Embassy in Belgium.

Exporting to Australia

French or Belgian companies wishing to sell products and services to Australia or to obtain details on import regulations into Australia should contact the appropriate government trade promotion bodies.

French Trade Commission at

Belgium Trade Commission at


Notarial Services

The Consular section of the Australian Embassy in Paris can provide notarial services to Australian and foreign business people in France. For information contact the Consular Service.

For information on visas or immigration, click here.