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    Foreign Investment in Australia

    Foreign investment is essential to Australia’s prosperity. It has helped build Australia’s economy and will continue to enhance the wellbeing of Australians by supporting financial growth.

    If you are a foreign person and you are planning to invest in residential property or agricultural land, you may need to apply to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and register your investment with us.

    Before you start, you need to check if you are a foreign person. This depends on a range of factors, such as your visa status, where you live and investment ownership.

    Check the Foreign Investment Review Board's guidance note 31: Who is a ‘foreign person’?External Link to see if you are affected.

    If you have an ownership interest in water entitlements, you may need to register with us from 1 July 2017.

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    Last modified: 19 Jun 2017QC 46091