Foreign Investment in Australia

Corporate Update

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Foreign investment is key to Australia’s economic development, and Australia welcomes it.

As the fourth largest economy in the dynamic Asia Pacific region, Australia's competitive economy is set for continued expansion - creating significant scope for foreign investment in a low-risk environment.

Most small and mid-sized investments outside the residential real estate sector can be made by foreign persons or entities without any application for approval under Australia’s regulatory and policy regime. However, some proposed investments do need approval. 

Our guide to Foreign Investment in Australia is designed to help those considering investing in Australia to navigate through the regulatory and legislative regime framework, and maximise the many opportunities that Australia has to offer.

The Australian Government announced several changes to the foreign investment framework in its 2017-18 Budget. Our guide has been updated to reflect these recent changes, and is current as of July 2017.