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Budget 2017-18: New rules for foreign investors

2015-16 FIRB Annual Report now available

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  • Budget 2017 changes

    9 May 2017

    In the 2017-18 Budget, the Australian Government announced several changes regarding the foreign investment framework. Information on each of these changes is provided below. The final details will be subject to the passage of legislation. Further information on the 2017-18 Budget is available at the Budget website. 50 per cent foreign ownership cap for New…

  • 2015-16 FIRB Annual Report now available

    9 May 2017

    The 2015-16 FIRB Annual Report is now available on the FIRB website. It shows continued growth in foreign investment in Australia and growing interest in commercial property and infrastructure-like assets.

  • FIRB Chair appointment

    8 April 2017

    Treasurer Scott Morrison has today announced the appointment of David Irvine AO as Chair of the Foreign Investment Review Board, replacing outgoing Chair Brian Wilson.

  • Administrative change to screening arrangements

    9 March 2017

    The screening of non-sensitive commercial real estate and internal reorganisation (restructure) foreign investment applications will be undertaken by the ATO from 1 April 2017. This is an internal administrative change by Government and will not require any action by Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) applicants. A number of factors will be taken into consideration when…

  • Release of Consultation Paper on the Foreign Investment Framework - 2017 Legislative Package

    8 March 2017

    The Government has released a consultation paper on proposed changes to Australia's foreign investment framework. The consultation paper seeks views from stakeholders on proposed changes in the areas of residential land, non-vacant commercial land, low sensitivity business investment and fees. The paper also provides an opportunity for stakeholders to present examples on how technical issues…

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