Australian inbound services

If you are an Australian-based business the next step for you may be expanding to New Zealand. Whether you are wanting to establish a new retail branch, a service centre, or any other type of business in New Zealand you will be faced with issues and be in need of a local advisor to help you get set up and operating effectively. 

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has helped many Australian businesses extend their operations to New Zealand. While New Zealand and Australia are similar in many ways, there are many differences that can trick the unwary.

Fortunately, we speak the same language and we specialise in delivering clear information without beating around the bush.

Setting up

We can assist with setting up the appropriate New Zealand entity, including: 

  • Registering your company, branch or other entity.
  • Liasing with your preferred bank to open a bank account.
  • Obtaining IRD numbers and getting registered for the right tax types. 
  • Registration with Customs if you are an importer.
  • Setting up correctly with ACC.

Structuring and tax matters

Our Tax Specialists have the knowledge and experience to provide you with practical, tailored, fit-for-purpose solutions. We are familiar with structures that provide the best tax and operational outcomes for Australian business coming to New Zealand.

You will need to consider income taxes, GST, withholding taxes, customs procedures, non-resident withholding taxes, PAYE, nonresident contractors tax and we can help with all those and more.

If you are only going to be operating here for a short period, there can be issues you may not expect – we can let you know the issues will be before you are surprised.

We can assist with


Your subsidiary or branch may require a financial audit. We are licensed auditors who use a risk-based methodology to prepare effective and competitive audits. 

If you are in the finance industry we can assist with advice and support to comply with FMA regulations. 

We can also assist with internal audits and fraud identification and prevention.

Business advice
  • Assistance and preparation of annual accounts.
  • Preparation and filing of income tax returns, including being on our Tax Agency list.
  • Assistance with preparation and filing of GST returns.
  • Preparation of monthly payroll returns and advising you of amounts payable to Inland Revenue and employees.
  • Acting as the registered office and filing annual returns.
Human resources
  • Translating your Australian employment agreements for New Zealand.
  • HR compliance.
  • Recruitment and selection.
  • Disputes and disciplinary procedures. 
  • Internal HR management.
  • Providing access to seminars and training sessions, as well as bespoke training as needed.
Transaction assistance
  • Financial, tax and HR due diligence services. 
  • Structuring advice for new trans-Tasman acquisitions.
  • We have close links with a business broker and can provide links into opportunities across many industries. 


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