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Company, Industry & Country Information

Doing company research

1. Search the company in the databases on this page.

 2. Look at the company's website.

 3. Search for newspaper, journal and trade publication articles about the company.

You may find it useful to know what type of company it is: public or private, a subsidiary or a non-profit.

As a rule the larger the company the easier it is to get information on it. There is a lot more information and analysis available for public companies than for private companies or subsidiaries

Key databases for researching companies

Company Types

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:

Government entities

  • IBISWorld has company profiles for 286 Australian government bodies