Christmas/New Year holiday shutdown period and the provision of additional guidance material

Treasury’s Foreign Investment Division office will be closed from noon (AEDT), Thursday 24 December 2020 until opening of business on Monday 4 January 2021. During this shutdown period, Treasury will not be processing applications, answering calls on the FIRB phone line or monitoring publicly available inboxes (including firbenquiries@treasury.gov.au and firbapplications@treasury.gov.au).

New guidance notes to support the foreign investment reforms will be available on the FIRB website in the week of 21 December 2020.

During the office shutdown period, the FIRB website will remain online to allow access to the new guidance notes. A broader refresh of content on the FIRB website will take place on Tuesday 5 January 2021.

As previously announced, the FIRB Portal will remain open until 11:55pm (AEDT) on Thursday 31 December. The FIRB Portal will then be subject to an outage and will be unavailable until the opening of business on 5 January 2021. During this outage, applicants who access the FIRB Portal will receive a notice saying that the FIRB Portal is unavailable, and notifying how urgent applications can be submitted.

Any applications submitted in this period will be considered from Monday 4 January 2021.