Foreign investment review framework

8 April 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-399-6

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Senate Economics References Committee (PDF 20KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 8KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 25KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 25KB)

Referral of inquiry
Conduct of inquiry
Purpose of report
Structure of report

Chapter 2 - Australia's foreign investment review framework (PDF 149KB)

Legislative and regulatory framework
Changes to the FIRB regulatory framework
Foreign investment review frameworks of New Zealand and United States

Chapter 3 - Critical infrastructure and the foreign investment review process (PDF 115KB)

Port of Darwin lease
Transgrid lease
Critical infrastructure
Concerns regarding the current framework in relation to critical infrastructure
Support for the current framework in relation to critical infrastructure

Chapter 4 - Agricultural land, agribusinesses and the foreign investment review process (PDF 109KB)

The blocked sale of S. Kidman and Co. Ltd
Lower investment thresholds and the agricultural land register
Concerns regarding the thresholds to agricultural land and agribusinesses
Importance of foreign direct investment to the agricultural sector

Chapter 5 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 47KB)
Additional comments by Nick Xenophon, Independent Senator for South Australia (PDF 25KB)
Attachment 1 (PDF 521KB)
Attachment 2 (PDF 471KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 15KB)
Appendix 2 - Tabled documents (PDF 10KB)
Appendix 3 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 9KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senate Standing Committees on Economics
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3540

About this inquiry

An examination of the foreign investment review framework, including powers and processes of the Foreign Investment Review Board, in relation to Australian assets of strategic or national significance being subject to lease or purchase by foreign owned interests, and whether there ought to be any legislative or regulatory changes to that framework to ensure Australia’s national interest is being adequately considered.

Past Public Hearings

10 Mar 2016: Sydney
15 Dec 2015: Canberra