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Budget 2017-18: New rules for foreign investors

2015-16 FIRB Annual Report now available

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1 July amendments to streamline and enhance Australia’s foreign investment framework

Changes to the foreign investment framework announced in the 2017-18 Budget and additional technical amendments take effect from 1 July 2017.

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  • 1 July amendments to streamline and enhance Australia’s foreign investment framework

    1 July 2017

    Changes to the foreign investment framework announced in the 2017-18 Budget and additional technical amendments take effect from 1 July 2017.

  • 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…

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