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The people wanting to set up the company are currently non-resident. Will there be any problems in registering an Australian company?

All Australian companies need at least one Australian resident director, and if there is a secretary, at least one secretary needs to be an Australian resident, as well. Shareholders can be non-residents, but there may be tax implications for this (you will need to consult a specialist regarding these, if any). The registered office and principal place of business also need to be in Australia, although this can be changed relatively painlessly at any later time (we provide a service of notifying ASIC of changes such as these, and preparing certain related documents, here).