Find the right databases and websites to research Australian and international companies.
Company information databases are useful for finding:
- Annual, quarterly and sustainability reports
- Key financial data (Financial analysis databases are also available, however these are aimed at advanced studies and research in economics, finance and accounting)
- Company history (including mergers and acquisitions)
- Subsidiary companies
- Key personnel (e.g. CEOs, directors, board membership) and contact details
- Strategic analyses (risks, SWOT)
- Competitive environment
- News articles about companies
- Australian companies
- Companies globally
- Public companies
- Private companies
- Not-for-profit organisations
Strategic analyses (risks, SWOT)
A strategic analysis (such as a risk or SWOT analysis) is usually undertaken by using company information in conjunction with an analysis of the industry and/or market that a company operates in.
For example, a SWOT analysis of McDonald's in Australia would need to take into account information about:
- The company McDonald's Australia Holdings Limited and
- the fast food industry
- in the Australian market.
For advice on points 2 and 3 see Industry reports and market research.
To identify a company's major competitors use:
Competitive positioning analyses are available on Passport GMID.
News articles about companies
Recommended databases for researching newspaper, trade journal and magazine articles about companies are:
- Factiva - searches thousands of local and international newspapers, trade journals and magazines. Detailed searching by company, industry, or region is possible. For example, to find articles from Queensland sources in the last six months about Microsoft Windows:
- Enter Windows into the Search Form
- Change the Date drop-down to In the last 6 months
- In Company search for and select Microsoft Corporation
- In Region browse to Australia/Oceania - Australia and select Queensland
- Hit Search.
- NewsWires are available in Marketline advantage by searching for a company and selecting the Company News filter in the results.
- ABI/INFORM trade & industry - includes in-depth coverage of companies, products, executives, trends and other topics.
- See News and current affairs for more news databases and advice about searching news sources.
These databases provide information about Australian companies exclusively. Use to find key financial information, annual reports, key personnel and company history:
These databases cover information about companies from many countries but Australian companies are included:
Public company information
Public companies are open to public ownership and many are listed on a stock exchange (e.g. the Australian Stock Exchange).
Researching public companies is relatively easy as they are required to publicly disclose financial information, names of directors and senior management etc. This is available on company websites or via the following databases:
Private company information
Private companies may be more difficult to research as they are typically not required to publicly disclose much information, however all Australian companies and businesses (i.e. any legal entity with an Australian Business Number) are discoverable via ASIC Connect.
The following databases are the best way to research private companies, although some private companies also provide annual reports and other corporate information on their websites.
Most charities and other not-for-profit organisations are easily discoverable on the web, however a full list of Australian charities is available from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
The following databases are useful for finding information about not-for-profit organisations and identifying funding opportunities.