Agricultural Land Register
From 1 July 2015, foreign persons and foreign government investors holding interests in agricultural land must register those interests with the Australian Taxation Office (regardless of value of that land).
Investors who meet the criteria are asked to register their interests at the Agricultural Land Register on the ATO website.
All existing holdings must be registered by 31 December 2015 and any new interests be registered within 30 days.
The Australian Government welcomes foreign investment. It has helped build Australia’s economy and will continue to enhance the wellbeing of Australians by supporting economic growth and prosperity.
Companies operating in Australia and Australian companies operating overseas are expected to act in accordance with the principles set out in the OECD Guidelines.
The Foreign Investment Review Board (the FIRB) examines proposals by foreign persons to invest in Australia and makes recommendations to the Treasurer on those subject to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 and Australia's foreign investment policy.
Applications for Foreign Investment Approval
Real Estate Investment
- Comments on the Modernising Australia's foreign investment framework Options Paper are sought by Friday, 29 May 2015.
- On 2 May 2015, the Government announced reforms to Strengthen Australia’s Foreign Investment Framework. For further details, please see Reforms to Strengthen Australia’s Foreign Investment Framework.
- On 25 February 2015, the Government released an options paper on Strengthening Australia’s Foreign Investment Framework. The paper is available on the Treasury website.
- The Government has announced that a $15 million cumulative threshold will apply to acquisitions of interests in agricultural land from 1 March 2015. For further details please see Australia’s Foreign Investment Policy 2015.
- The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement and the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force on 12 December 2014 and 15 January 2015 respectively. As a result, Chilean, Japanese and Korean non-government investors now receive the higher monetary thresholds that apply to New Zealand and United States non-government investors.
- Cash Bidding Acreage Release Program: Foreign government investors intending to participate in the Program must receive foreign investment approval prior to acquiring an interest in an exploration permit issued under the Program. Contact us for further information.
- Announcement on the treatment of foreign passive investments in public (real estate) unit trusts.