Foreign Investment +/or Doing Business in Australia ➲ Smart List

Foreign Investment +/or Doing Business in Australia ➲ Smart List

A guide to assist foreign investors + business owners to start to navigate the Australian legal ecosystem.

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Please be advised that Treasury has updated the FIRB Application Checklist to provide greater clarity to applicants on information requirements when submitting a (non-residential) application. It is recommended that all applicants review the Application Checklist. This will ensure applications are consistent with the updated information requirements prior to submission to avoid significant delays in processing.

Temporary measures in response to the coronavirus [GN53]

Last updated: 3 September 2020 On 29 March 2020, the Treasurer announced that due to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, all monetary screening thresholds will be temporarily reduced to $0. The Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Threshold Test) Regulations 2020 gave effect to this temporary change.

Fee estimator

A new, enhanced fee estimator has been developed to provide improved fee estimates for different types of foreign investment applications. When the fee estimator is accessed via the FIRB Application Portal, applicants can convert their fee estimate into an application using the new convert to an application feature.

FIRB Application Checklist [revised 2 October 2020]

This checklist sets out the information that must be included in all foreign investment applications (except residential real estate applications).

FIRB Application ➲ Tax Checklist

Please note additional tax information requirements may be relevant to your application, including where you are considering reorganising your structure.


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Foreign companies

If an entity satisfies the definition of 'foreign company' in section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Corporations Act) - that is, generally, a company registered outside Australia - it must be registered with ASIC to carry on business in Australia.

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