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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
INVESTING IN AUSTRALIA
The Australian Government welcomes productive foreign direct investment. It has helped build Australia’s economy and contributed to economic growth, innovation, and prosperity.
To protect Australia’s interests whilst maximising investment flows, certain foreign acquisitions of Australian shares and assets are reviewed by the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).
Once approved, foreign investors are generally treated the same as domestic investors under Australia’s laws.
Levels of Government
Australia is a representative parliamentary democracy with three levels of government: federal, state and territory, and local.
This governance system has implications for foreign investment in sectors such as natural resources, infrastructure, real estate, tourism, and manufacturing.
Foreign investors should have a strong understanding of each level of government's responsibilities before investing in these sectors.
Foreign Investment Framework
Australia's foreign investment policy framework comprises of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975, regulations, and the Foreign Investment Policy.
It guides the assessment of investment proposals based on factors such as national security, competition, impact on the economy, community, and government policies like tax and environment.
The investor's character is also evaluated. Proposals from foreign governments or related entities are assessed based on their commercial viability.
Foreign investment information
Foreign entities investing in Australia may need to submit a proposal for approval by the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).
The FIRB evaluates proposals based on government policy and advises the Australian Government accordingly.
Whether a proposal is required to be submitted to FIRB by the investor depends on the monetary value, the nature of the investment, and the type of investor.