Guide to Doing Business in Australia: Regulation of Foreign Investment

REGULATION OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT -

One of the first matters a foreign investor must consider when planning to invest in Australia is the impact of Australia’s foreign investment policy.

REGULATION -

Foreign investment in Australia is principally governed by the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act and is administered by the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).

The FIRB is a division of the Federal Treasury. Its function is to review foreign investment proposals and to make recommendations to the Federal Treasurer. The Treasurer will then make a decision, based on these recommendations, which will either permit or prevent the proposed foreign investment in Australia. This decision is commonly referred to as FIRB approval.

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