Australia’s foreign investment review framework strikes a balance between facilitating investment and protecting Australia’s national interest.
Foreign investment is critical to Australia’s economy and prosperity. Without it, production, employment and income would all be lower. At the same time, successive governments have recognised that some proposed foreign investments may not be in Australia’s national interest. If the government fails to protect the national interest, it risks losing public support for foreign investment, and with it, the many benefits that foreign investment provides.
Australia operates a foreign investment regime that is open, transparent and welcoming. Foreign investment proposals are reviewed against the national interest on a case‑by‑case basis – an approach that maximises investment flows while protecting Australia’s interests.
Regulation of foreign investment in Australia is shared between the Treasury and the Australian Taxation Office.
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