Australian Real Estate and Property

Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) Website

This page provides information for foreign investors.

The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) examines proposals by foreign interests to undertake direct investment in Australia and makes recommendations to the Government under its foreign investment policy. For detailed information go to the Australian Government  FIRB website

Residential Real Estate

Residential real estate means all Australian residential land and housing other than commercial properties (such as, offices, factories, warehouses, hotels, restaurants and shops) and rural properties (that is, land that is used wholly and exclusively for carrying on a substantial business of primary production). Acquisitions of ‘hobby farms’ and ‘rural residential’ blocks by foreign interests are considered to be residential real estate.

The Australian Government seeks to ensure that foreign investment in residential real estate increases the supply of dwellings and is not speculative in nature. The policy seeks to channel foreign investment in the housing sector into activity that directly increases the supply of new housing (that is, new developments such as house and land, home units and townhouses) and brings benefits to the local building industry and its suppliers.

For further information go to the Australian Government FIRB website

Acquisitions requiring notification — eligibility criteria

If you are eligible for approval under the policy, then the acquisition will be approved subject to legally binding conditions according to the category of property. Go to the FIRB eligibility criteria

How to apply for acquisition of Australian Real Estate

For information on how to apply (including application forms), please see the FIRB website and How to Apply.

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Australian Real Estate and Property