This paper presents a discussion of field research by survey of the range of obstacles to the effective implementation of knowledge management strategies in the Australian corporate environment. The paper provides background to the current study, refers to results and to further research possibilities. Previous research in the UK, in Europe, in Australasia and the USA has presented consistent findings of the obstacles to knowledge management implementation strategies. This Australian study reveals external obstacles to knowledge management that have not been found or discussed previously. These obstacles.are outside the immediate control of the organisation itself, in that they are externally derived..