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New Zealand and Australia have one of the most open economic and trade relationships of any two countries. With many New Zealand businesses also operating in the Australian market - and vice versa - anything that makes it easier to get business information and do business in both countries is a top priority.
The NZAUConnect mobile application was developed given the large number of companies register searches taking place via smart devices every day. It is a joint development between the Companies Office and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission. The combined search of both Registers provides access to more than 2.5 million New Zealand and Australian companies, as well as the 1.7 million organisations included on the Australian Business Names Register.
There have been over 8,000 downloads of this award winning easy-to-use mobile app from the NZ Apple and Android app stores to date. It is free to download and free to use, and has been designed in a simple, easy-to-understand format. Company or business names can be added to 'favourites' for reference later and company and shared easily by email.
This seemingly simple app is a strong reminder of the importance in keeping New Zealand and Australian businesses and government agencies easily connected. The New Zealand and Australian governments have committed to exploring the long-term vision of creating a seamless trans-Tasman business environment - a Single Economic Market - which will enable businesses, consumers, and investors to conduct operations across the Tasman in an integrated regulatory environment.
NZAUConnect also supports the Better Public Services for Business (Result 9) programme, which aims to make it easier for businesses to interact with government.
Another initiative of Result 9 is the New Zealand Business Number (NZBN), which is a 13-digit number, a consistent identifier, which when used by government and businesses provides real opportunities for businesses to register and share their information with government agencies and streamline dealings with other businesses. The NZBN will be included in the next maintenance release of the NZAU Connect mobile app.