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 number 53, which addresses the effects of the changes. All material on this website should be read in light of the Treasurer’s announcement.



19 August 2016

Statement by the Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP (as at 19/08/2016)

11 August 2016

Statement by the Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP (as at 11/08/2016)

27 June 2016

Fees for foreign investment applications and notices are indexed each financial year from the averages of the consumer price index (CPI). New fees apply from 1 July 2016 which have been calculated using the indexation factor of 1.015.

Section 12 of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Act 2015 provides that fees for applications and notices are indexed each financial year. The following fees apply to applications made and notices given from 1 July 2016 to 1 July 2017.

3 May 2016

Tonight’s Federal Budget makes important protections to the integrity of Australia’s tax base, designed to ensure that all individuals and businesses pay the right amount of tax.

The application of tax conditions to foreign investors, where it is decided that a particular foreign investment application presents a risk to Australia’s revenue, is an important part of the tax integrity agenda.

29 April 2016

Statement by the Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP (as at 29/04/2016)

8 April 2016

The Foreign Investment Review Board 2014-15 Annual Report is now available.

It shows that foreign investment continues to make an important contribution to the Australian economy.

For the second year in a row there has been a significant increase in both the number and value of foreign investment proposals in Australia. Nearly 38,000 proposals received approval for investment worth $194.6 billion. This is an increase in value of 16.3 per cent on investment approved in 2013‑14.

4 April 2016

Following the Treasurer's announcement, as of 31 March 2016 sales of critical state-owned infrastructure assets to private foreign investors are now formally reviewed by the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).

22 February 2016

The Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has released a joint media release with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, reminding foreign owners of Australian agricultural land that they have until 29 February 2016 to register their holdings with the Australian Taxation Office’s Agricultural Land Register.

19 February 2016

The correct Payment Reference Number must be used when paying your foreign investment application fee.

Using an incorrect Payment Reference Number will lead to delays in your payment being processed. The statutory period for each application or notice doesn’t start until the fee has been paid or waived.

The Payment Reference Number for each non-residential application is found at the top left of the Foreign Investment Application Fee Details email. The Payment Reference Number is eighteen digits long and is unique to your application.

18 February 2016

The Treasury has released a working paper on foreign investment into Australia. The paper aims to provide further insights into foreign investment in Australia by examining the trends, the sources and the positive effects of foreign investment into Australia. The available data on foreign investment in Australia suggests a fairly consistent trend over time despite increases in the number of foreign investment applications received by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

22 December 2015

The foreign investment application system will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance from 5pm AEST Thursday 30 June 2016 to 8am AEST Friday 1 July 2016.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please be aware that any applications that are not completed before the maintenance begins, will not be saved and will need to be resubmitted when the system becomes available.

30 November 2015

From 1 December, the Government introduced changes to strengthen Australia’s foreign investment framework through amendments to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 and the introduction of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Imposition Fees Act 2015. The legislation aims to strengthen the laws around foreign investment and will impose penalties for breaching the foreign investment rules.

9 November 2011
Given by Frank Di Giorgio, General Manager Foreign Investment and Trade Policy Division Australian Treasury and Executive Member Foreign Investment Review Board.