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  • New FIRB Application Portal

    2 July 2018

    The new Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) Application Portal (Portal) is now live. All non-residential applications for foreign investment must now be lodged through the Portal. If an interim application was submitted between 28-30 June inclusive, applicants will now need to lodge their full application using the Portal. Please note that accounts must be registered […]

  • Updated application checklist

    18 June 2018

    Reflecting recent changes in the foreign investment framework, the application checklist has been updated to provide up to date assistance for investors in completing their application. The checklist outlines information that must be included in all applications (except residential real estate applications) as well as additional information that may be required for certain types of […]

  • The 2016-17 FIRB Annual Report is now available

    29 May 2018

    In 2016–17 the total number of applications approved was 14,357 representing $193 billion of proposed investment. Despite the decline in residential real estate approvals, the value of business related approvals was relatively stable. The services sector attracted the highest value of approved investment, totalling $54 billion, along with significant proposals focused on ports and electricity […]

  • Address by David Irvine AO, Chair of the Foreign Investment Review Board to International CEO Forum

    24 May 2018

    FIRB Chairman David Irvine AO provided a ‘broad brush guide to investing in Australia’, including the importance of foreign investment to Australia’s economy, and the FIRB’s role in facilitating this.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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.