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  • Agricultural land — open and transparent sale process

    1 February 2018

    The Australian Government has released new guidance clarifying that foreign investors can only acquire agricultural land where there has been an open and transparent sale process.

  • Monetary screening thresholds updated for 2018

    4 January 2018

    Monetary thresholds for foreign investors were indexed on 1 January 2018.

  • FIRB appointment

    14 December 2017

    Treasurer Scott Morrison has announced the appointment of Ms Teresa Dyson as a part-time member to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) for a five-year period.

  • Report on Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land

    29 September 2017

    The Treasurer has released the second report of the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land.

  • Agribusiness Outlook: Investment, Innovation and Growth – CEDA Keynote Address

    21 July 2017

    FIRB Chairman David Irvine AO provided an insight into the role of agriculture and foreign investment in Australia’s economy, and the FIRB’s role in facilitating this investment.

  • 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 […]