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.

Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement Comes Into Force

On 17 January 2020, the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (AU-HKFTA) came into force. One of the outcomes of the AU-HKFTA is that Hong Kong investors are now subject to higher monetary thresholds for foreign investment screening. For privately-owned Hong Kong investors, acquisitions of non-sensitive businesses and of developed commercial land will now be subject to a threshold of $1,192 million. Amendments have been made to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Regulation 2015 to give effect to this change.

Further information on the AU-HKFTA is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website.