Company Registration / Company Incorporation
The process of registering a company is kept very simple, so we can provide you with a speedy and accurate service.
We offer two ways of registering or incorporating a proprietary or public company.
Full Documents in a Deluxe Company Register Delivered to Your Door - $760.00
All Legally Required Company Documents (Including Constitution) Emailed - $660.00
The information provided below is for the ease of the general public filling in forms for company registration with PCS. This is not legal advice. If you are unsure you should always seek your own independent legal, financial and accounting advice before ordering a company.
These are the questions you must answer on the application form to open a company, and a general explanation of the questions when dealing with company incorporations.
Choosing a Company Name
Firstly choose a company name. To find out if your preferred name is available, you can perform a name search on the ASIC website: www.asic.gov.au
If you already own a business name, and you want to incorporate a company with the same name, you must supply the business number if opened prior to 2012, or the ABN of the business. The shareholder/s of the new company must be the owners of the business name.
Type of Company
The most common type of company in Australia is a proprietary company. A Pty Ltd company is limited by shares. This type of company is required to have the minimum of 1 director, 1 shareholder (or member), and 1 public officer responsible for Tax Data. A secretary is optional. The same person can be all of these. A minimum of 1 director must reside in Australia. The secretary must also reside in Australia.
A public company limited by shares, has shares owned by the public and may be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Public company limited by guarantee does not have a share capital. Public companies must be audited annually. You will need a minimum of 3 directors, of whom 2 reside in Australia, 1 secretary also residing in Australia, 1 shareholder and 1 public officer.
A special purpose company must have a constitution or internal operating rules stating that it has been created for a specific purpose. Usually for either a superannuation trustee company, home unit company or a not-for-profit company.
Trustee for a Superannuation Fund
If your new company is to act soley as a trustee for a superannuation fund, mark YES on the application form. If no, leave blank or mark NO.
Ultimate Holding Company
This is the ultimate parent company that is not itself a subsidiary of any corporation. If your new company intends to be a subsidiary company to an ultimate holding company, you must disclose the ultimate holding company name and ACN number on your application form.
State of Incorporation
The State in which you require your new company to be incorporated.
Your registered office is where ASIC will address all correspondence to the company. Pty Ltd companies are not required to keep their office open to the public. The registered office can be the business premises occuped by the company. Many accounting firms offer the use of their own business address as the registered office for their clients. If an accounting firm is used, your accountant must give consent in writing to use this address, we will provide the consent form in your register. The accountants name, or business name must be written on the application form. This address must be a street address, not a P.O. Box.
Principal Place of Business
All companies are required to have a principal place of business, which may or may not be at the registered office. This address must be a street address, not a P.O. Box.
Officeholders are the directors and secretary of a company.
Shareholders are the members of a company.
A Private Pty Ltd company must have at least one shareholder.
There are different types of shares, the most common being "ordinary class shares" at $1 value with each shareholder issued at one each.
Beneficially owned or non beneficially owned
Beneficially owned means the shareholder is holding and benefiting from the shares. Non beneficially owned means the individual or entity that is the shareholder holds the shares as trustee for either another person or other entity.