Investment Policy Measures

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Australia

Australia

14 Apr 2022

Adopts additional sanctions on Russian State-owned enterprises

On 14 April 2022, the Australian Government imposed targeted financial sanctions on 14 Russian State-owned enterprises of strategic and economic importance. The list includes defence-related entities such as transportation company [...]

Australia

Australia

13 Apr 2022

Updates the Guidance Notes for foreign investment

On 13 April 2022, the Australian Treasury updated the Guidance Notes covering inter alia agriculture, commercial land, mining, residential land, and securities, available to investors to reflect the amendments made to the foreign investment [...]

Australia

Australia

02 Apr 2022

Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Act 2022

On 2 April 2022, the second part of the amendments to the SOCI Act introduced by the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Act 2022 (SLACIP Act) entered into force. Among others, this new reform revisits [...]

Australia

Australia

01 Apr 2022

Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment Regulations 2022

On 1 April 2022, the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment Regulations 2022 came into effect (the Regulations). The Regulations, which amend the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Regulation 2015, clarify certain aspects of [...]

Australia

Australia

13 Mar 2022

Imposes targeted financial sanctions and travel bans on CEOs of investment conglomerates and others

On 13 March, more targeted financial sanctions and travel bans were imposed by the Australian Government on 33 persons including Russian oligarchs, political and economic elites (such as CEOs of large corporations including Gazprom), [...]

Australia

Australia

26 Feb 2022

Adopts financial sanctions and travel bans on additional entities from the Russian Federation

On 26 February, further targeted financial sanctions and travel bans were passed with an effective date of 27 February in respect of six entities (plus five of their directors) either linked to the Belarusian Armed Forces or Russian [...]

Australia

Australia

24 Feb 2022

Imposes financial sanctions and travel bans on selected Russian entities

On 24 February 2022, the Australian Government designated several individuals and entities to be subject to targeted financial sanctions and travel bans, with an effective date of 25 February. The financial institutions included: IS [...]

Australia

Australia

02 Dec 2021

Expands the list of critical assets subject to FDI approval

On 2 December 2021, the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Act 2021 (SLACI Act) entered into force. In light of increasing security threats identified during the legislative process, the Act fast-tracks certain [...]

Australia

Australia

01 Jul 2021

Investor visa requirements tightened

On 1 July 2021, Australia revised its migration policy regime, through amendments of relevant laws which took effect on the same day. Visa holders in both the investor and significant investor categories are now required to invest [...]

Australia

Australia

14 May 2021

New incentives to encourage investment

On 14 May 2021, the Australian Government introduced new tax, research and development, and innovation incentives to attract talented individuals and exceptional businesses to Australia. In its Budget 2021–22 Statement, the Government [...]

Australia

Australia

01 Jan 2021

Tightening of the foreign investment review framework

On 9 December 2020, the Parliament passed legislation to reform the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act of 1975. The reforms, in force as of 1 January 2021, makes the $0 monetary threshold for mandatory screening of investments [...]

Australia

Australia

04 Sep 2020

Reinstating certain monetary thresholds for leasehold interests

On 4 September 2020, the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Commercial Land Lease Threshold Test) Regulations 2020 entered into force. The Regulations, which apply in all states of Australia, reinstate monetary thresholds [...]

Australia

Australia

29 Mar 2020

Temporarily tightened its rules on foreign takeovers

On 29 March 2020, the Australian government announced temporary changes to the foreign investment review framework that are designed to protect national interests while dealing with the economic implications of the spread of COVID-19. [...]

Australia

Australia

10 Mar 2020

New Foreign Financial Services Regulation

On 10 March 2020, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission published new regulations for Foreign Financial Services Providers (FFSPs) providing financial services to Australian wholesale clients. The new framework has two [...]

Australia

Australia

26 Sep 2018

Revised guidance on foreign purchases of agricultural land

On 25 September 2018, the Australian government issued revised guidelines on the application of the requirement for an open and transparent sale process for foreign purchases of agricultural land, a requirement that had been made explicit [...]

Australia

Australia

02 Jul 2018

New Online Application Portal

The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) Application Portal has opened on 2 July 2018. All non-residential applications for foreign investment must now be lodged through this Portal (https:// portal.firb.gov.au/). [...]

Australia

Australia

01 Jul 2018

Some Australian states increase foreign investors' property surcharges

Some Australian states introduced or increased surcharges on foreign owners and acquirers of residential real estate. In the reporting period, changes came into force for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Queensland and Tasmania: [...]

Australia

Australia

11 Apr 2018

Legislates the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018

On 11 April 2018, the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 received assent. The Act creates a framework for managing critical infrastructure by establishing a non-public register of critical infrastructure assets, and by collecting [...]

Australia

Australia

01 Feb 2018

Tightens the rules on the foreign purchase of agricultural land

On 1 February 2018, the Government announced its policy on purchase of agricultural land by foreign investors. Subject to exceptional circumstances, foreign investors will need to demonstrate that agricultural land they intend to acquire [...]

Australia

Australia

01 Feb 2018

Australia tightens foreign investment rules on the sale of electricity assets

On 1 February 2018, the Government announced that all future applications for the sale of electricity transmission and distribution assets, and some generation assets will attract ownership restrictions or conditions for foreign buyers. [...]

Australia

Australia

01 Jan 2018

Some Australian states introduced or increased surcharges on foreign owners and acquirers of residential real estate

South Australia and New South Wales introduced or increased surcharges on foreign owners and acquirers of residential real estate: • South Australia introduced a 7% stamp duty surcharge on foreign acquirers of residential real estate [...]

Australia

Australia

01 Jul 2017

Introduces some changes to the foreign investment framework announced in the 2017-18 Budget

On 1 July 2017, a series of changes to Australia’s foreign investment framework entered into effect. The changes enhance and streamline the operation of the foreign investment framework by simplifying aspects of the regulations and [...]

Australia

Australia

09 May 2017

Australia's Budget 2017-18 unveils several changes to foreign investors

Effective 9 May 2017, Australia introduced an "annual charge on foreign owners of under-utilised residential property”. Foreign owners of residential property will be required to pay an annual charge - the amount of which is equivalent [...]

Australia

Australia

19 Sep 2016

Australia sold the Port of Melbourne lease to a consortium including foreign investors

On 19 September 2016, the Government of the State of Victoria announced the Lonsdale Consortium as the leaseholder for the Port of Melbourne. This port is the biggest container and cargo port in the country and the lease is valid 50 [...]

Australia

Australia

19 Sep 2016

Government forces the sale of 16 foreign-owned properties

On 19 September 2016, Australia’s Treasurer has ordered the divestment of a further 16 Australian residential properties that have been held by foreign nationals in breach of the foreign investment framework, taking the total purchase [...]

Number of policy measures per economy (since 01 Jan 2010) 1 87