Business in Austria

Austrian business people are experienced in conducting international business. While broadly similar to Australian business practice, the Austrian approach has a higher emphasis on order, hierarchy and formality. The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) offers further advice to Australian businesses wanting to trade and conduct business with Austria.

Invest in Austria is a national investment promotion company, useful for foreign companies aiming to establish their own business in Austria.

World Business Culture gives a detailed description of Austrian business culture, in turn helping Australians interact more effectively with Austrian clients and colleagues.

Australian Government Smart Traveller offers advice for Australian business travellers.

For a comprehensive overview of Austria and its economy, visit the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.



Before considering conducting business with Austria, learning the German language will significantly improve your chances of a successful venture. Campus Austria schools are independently run schools across Austria teaching German as a foreign language to adults of all levels. These courses will help you learn every day German, as well master the language needed for business and professional purposes. In addition, students will learn about Austrian customs, traditions, history and culture.

For access to Austrian newspapers (in both German and English), visit:


Australian citizens do not need an entry permit (visa) to stay in Austria as tourists or on a business trip for a period of up to 90 days. If you enter Austria visa free, you are generally not allowed to take up any employment there.
Generally, it is the length of your stay that will determine the type of permit you need. For further information regarding entry and residence permits for Australians travelling to Austria, visit the Austrian Embassy.