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Hi Nel,

I am quite sure (ie. 99.999%) you don’t need to have any Australian resident as director of your XXX Pty Ltd company. If you are a sole trader though, why not operate as such (ie not thru a company) if you are truely a non-resident of Australia and avoid paying Australian company tax?

Note – as a general rule, the ATO will consider that you are a non-resident of Australia if you have been overseas for 5+ years. The ATO has the benefit of hindsite on this, and if you ‘permanently’ leave Australia for 2-5 year time, there is some risk that the ATO will consider that you never permanently left Australia in the first place and expose you to Australian tax. Your tax accountant will be able to help you out here.

Regards, Neill