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Welcome to the Foreign Investment Review Board website

Please note that applications received from Monday, 24th November 2014 may not be processed within the usual 30 days due to the Christmas/New Year holiday period. If this appears likely, a case officer will contact you to discuss the alternatives.

The Treasury has transferred to a new online application system for all foreign investment applications.

As a result, all users will be required to register as a new user as previous registration details will no long be valid.

We encourage applicants to avoid resubmitting their applications and to report any issues via email at

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


What's New 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.

What's New The Foreign Investment Review Board's 2012‑13 Annual Report is now available under the Publications tab.

What's New On 17 December 2013 the Treasurer appointed Mr Patrick Secker to the Foreign Investment Review Board.

What's New The monetary screening thresholds for 2014 have not changed. The thresholds are $54 million for developed commercial real estate; $248 million for business proposals; and $1,078 million for United States and New Zealand non-government investors.

What's New Announcement on the treatment of foreign passive investments in public (real estate) unit trusts.