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.

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Applicants should carefully determine the application type for which they are seeking approval.

Applications submitted with incorrect information will have to be resubmitted, which may result in processing delays and additional charges.

Residential real estate

If you would like to apply for foreign investment approval for:

  • A new dwelling
  • Vacant residential land
  • A second hand or established dwelling
  • An exemption certificate for residential investment
  • A New or Near New Dwelling Exemption Certificate (developers only)

Apply using the Australian Taxation Office's foreign investment application form.

Other investment

If you would like to apply for foreign investment approval for:

  • Commercial land – previously commercial real estate
  • Agricultural land
  • An Agreement or Constituent documents
  • Assets
  • An exemption certificate for land – previously annual programme
  • An exemption certificate for underwriting of securities in an entity
  • A new business
  • Reorganisations
  • Securities in an entity

When lodging business related applications information and checklists to assist with your submission can be found on the Business investment page.

Quick reference guides are available to assist you to perform functions in the FIRB Application Portal.

Please DO NOT use this form to apply for foreign investment approval for residential real estate. Using the incorrect form may result in processing delays.

Apply using the FIRB Application Portal