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.

Fee estimator

A new, enhanced fee estimator has been developed to provide improved fee estimates for different types of foreign investment applications.

When the fee estimator is accessed via the FIRB Application Portal, applicants can convert their fee estimate into an application using the new convert to an application feature.

Things to note about application fees

  1. Persons are required to pay a fee for each application made or notice given under the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 2015 (limited exceptions apply)
  2. The statutory timeframe for making a decision will not start until the fee has been paid in full.
  3. Where one agreement covers more than one action, the single highest fee for those actions will apply.
  4. For more information on the fees applying to foreign investment applications, see Guidance Note 30 (business fees).

How to access the estimator

Click here to access the fee estimator.

Alternatively, if you would like to obtain a fee estimate and convert the estimate into an application, access the fee estimator via the Portal.

How to use the estimator

A quick reference guide has been developed to help you obtain a fee estimate for your foreign investment application.


The final fee that applies to a foreign investment application is calculated based on the details of the submitted application.

This fee estimator provides an estimate of a fee for non-residential real estate applications only. For information regarding residential real estate application fees, contact FIRB Residential at the Australian Taxation Office.