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  • Fee waiver – FIRB applications

    Use this form to apply for a waiver or reimbursement of a Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) application fee.

    If you are a foreign personExternal Link, you must pay a fee for each application made, or notice given, under the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Act). Fees are only waived or reimbursed in limited circumstances.

    You must pay your fee for a residential real estate application and a variation to an existing approval when you lodge the application or variation request. We can't consider your application until you pay the correct fee, or we decide to waive it.

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    Waiver or reimbursement

    There are limited circumstances where we will waive a fee. We will generally not waive a fee if you:

    • don't end up purchasing the property even if this was beyond your control
    • change your mind about purchasing the property.

    We consider all applications for fee waivers and reimbursements on a case-by-case basis. All decisions are final.

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    Completing the form

    To apply for a fee waiver or reimbursement, you will need to complete the online form, Foreign investment application fee waiver request.

    There are three options to choose from on the form. Choose the option that applies to your situation:

    Variation to existing approval

    Choose this option if:

    • you have recently lodged a request to vary an existing FIRB approval (for example, to add a purchaser, or extend the construction period), and
    • we haven't made a decision on your request yet.

    You will need to provide your FIRB reference number and full details of the reasons why you think the variation fee should be waived.

    Attach any relevant documents, such as a copy of your previous FIRB approval.

    Don't select this option if we have already notified you of our decision on your variation request – select Other instead.

    Current application fee

    Choose this option if:

    • you have recently lodged an application for FIRB approval, and
    • we haven't made a decision on the application yet.

    You will need to provide your FIRB reference number and full details of the reasons why you think the application fee should be waived.

    Attach any relevant documents, such as previous FIRB approval, contracts of sale or copies of visa grants.

    We cannot waive a fee before you lodge your application.

    Don't select this option if we have already notified you of our decision on your FIRB application – select Other instead.

    Other

    Choose this option, after we've notified you of our decision, to ask us to reimburse a fee you've paid on:

    • an application, or
    • a variation request.

    You will need to provide the FIRB reference number and full details of your reasons why the fee should be reimbursed.

    Attach any relevant documents, such as any previous FIRB approval, contracts of sale, or copies of visa grants.

    Start your application

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    What happens next

    We will consider your request to waive or reimburse the fee and advise you in writing of our decision. If we decide:

    • not to waive or reimburse the fee, you will need to pay the full fee before we can consider your application or variation request
    • to waive the fee, we will then consider your application or variation request.

    If you have already paid the fee and we decide to reimburse it, we will refund the fee to your nominated bank account.

      Last modified: 19 Dec 2017QC 52709