The Treasurer has announced changes to Australia’s foreign investment review framework, effective from 10.30pm AEDT on Sunday 29 March 2020, relating to monetary thresholds and timeframes for reviewing applications. Details are available in our Guidance Note, updated on 18 May 2020, which addresses the effects of the changes. All material on this website should be read in light of the Treasurer’s announcement.

The 2016-17 FIRB Annual Report is now available

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 network assets. Overall, China and the United States continued to be the top two sources of proposed investment.

View the 2016-17 Annual Report.