It can be helpful to consider what type of company you are seeking information on:
Public listed / quoted
- Trade stocks or securities on an exchange (e.g. the ASX).
- Are required to disclose information about their operations and performance, this means a lot of information is available in the databases and on company websites.
Private / proprietary / unlisted
- Not always required by law to disclose information for public inspection, therefore they can be harder to research.
- Resources to research private companies include some of our databases (as indicated), news sources and company websites.
- In Australia, large proprietary companies are required to lodge financial information for public inspection, therefore information is available in the databases.
- A subsidiary company is one that is owned by another company.
- Financial information on a subsidiary is sometimes not available and it is necessary to read the reports of the parent company.
Non-profit organisations / Not-For-Profit / NGO
- Can fall into a number of categories including associations and not-for-profit unlisted public companies.
- For information on a non-profit organisation, in addition to the databases try:
- Australia Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission - government regulator, with basic financial and company information for registered charities.
- IBISWorld has company profiles for 286 Australian government bodies