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Welcome to the Foreign Investment Review Board website

The Treasury has transferred to a new online application system for all foreign investment applications.

We encourage applicants to avoid resubmitting their applications and to report any issues via email at

The Australian Government welcomes foreign investment. It has helped build Australia’s economy and will continue to enhance the wellbeing of Australians by supporting economic growth and prosperity.

Companies operating in Australia and Australian companies operating overseas are expected to act in accordance with the principles set out in the OECD Guidelines.

The Foreign Investment Review Board (the FIRB) examines proposals by foreign persons to invest in Australia and makes recommendations to the Treasurer on those subject to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 and Australia's foreign investment policy.

Applications for Foreign Investment Approval


What's New Comments on the Modernising Australia's foreign investment framework Options Paper are sought by Friday, 29 May 2015.

What's New On 2 May 2015, the Government announced reforms to Strengthen Australia’s Foreign Investment Framework. For further details, please see Reforms to Strengthen Australia’s Foreign Investment Framework.

What's New On 25 February 2015, the Government released an options paper on Strengthening Australia’s Foreign Investment Framework. The paper is available on the Treasury website.

What's New The Government has announced that a $15 million cumulative threshold will apply to acquisitions of interests in agricultural land from 1 March 2015. For further details please see Australia’s Foreign Investment Policy 2015.

What's New The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement and the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force on 12 December 2014 and 15 January 2015 respectively.  As a result, Chilean, Japanese and Korean non-government investors now receive the higher monetary thresholds that apply to New Zealand and United States non-government investors.

What's New Cash Bidding Acreage Release Program:  Foreign government investors intending to participate in the Program must receive foreign investment approval prior to acquiring an interest in an exploration permit issued under the Program.  Contact us for further information.

What's New Announcement on the treatment of foreign passive investments in public (real estate) unit trusts.