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  • New Treasury Working Paper released on foreign investment

    2 December 2016

    Treasury has released a new Working Paper on foreign investment and residential property price growth. A key finding of the paper is that the majority of residential real estate price growth experienced in recent times does not appear to be attributable to increased foreign demand.

  • Government to allow on-sale of off-the-plan dwellings failing to reach settlement

    26 November 2016

    The Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has distributed a media release regarding changes under the foreign investment framework to allow foreign buyers to purchase an off-the-plan dwelling when another foreign buyer has failed to reach settlement.

  • Guidance note on tax conditions

    24 November 2016

    The guidance note on tax conditions has now been released. It includes a template for reporting back to the Foreign Investment Review Board on compliance with tax conditions. The guidance note is available for download in both PDF and DOCX format.

  • Statement by Mr Brian Wilson, Chairman of the Foreign Investment Review Board

    5 October 2016

    To ensure there can be no question as to the integrity of Australia’s foreign investment review system I have decided to suspend the commencement of my proposed role with The Carlyle Group until April 2017, when my term as part-time non-executive chairman of the FIRB expires. On 5 September it was announced that I would […]

  • Turnbull government orders further 16 forced sales of properties illegally held by foreign nationals

    19 September 2016

    The Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has distributed a media release regarding the Turnbull Government’s 16 forced sales of properties held as investments by foreign nationals in breach of the foreign investment framework.

  • Report on Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land

    7 September 2016

    The Treasurer has released the first report on data collected through the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land.

  • Fees Indexation

    27 June 2016

    Fees for foreign investment applications and notices are indexed each financial year from the averages of the consumer price index (CPI). New fees apply from 1 July 2016 which have been calculated using the indexation factor of 1.015.

  • Taxation conditions – clarifying requirements for foreign investment

    3 May 2016

    Tonight’s Federal Budget makes important protections to the integrity of Australia’s tax base, designed to ensure that all individuals and businesses pay the right amount of tax. The application of tax conditions to foreign investors, where it is decided that a particular foreign investment application presents a risk to Australia’s revenue, is an important part […]

  • Foreign Investment in Australia remains strong

    8 April 2016

    The Foreign Investment Review Board 2014-15 Annual Report is now available. It shows that foreign investment continues to make an important contribution to the Australian economy. For the second year in a row there has been a significant increase in both the number and value of foreign investment proposals in Australia. Nearly 38,000 proposals received […]

  • Critical asset sales now reviewed

    4 April 2016

    Following the Treasurer’s announcement, as of 31 March 2016 sales of critical state-owned infrastructure assets to private foreign investors are now formally reviewed by the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). This required amending Section 31 of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Regulation 2015 removing the exemption for private foreign investors acquiring an interest in critical […]