Foreign Investment

If you are not a permanent resident of Australia, and want to buy a property here, you must get prior approval from the Australian Government. This must be done through the Foreign Investment Review Board.

The Foreign Investment Review Board is a non statutory body established in 1976 to advise the Treasurer and the Government on Australia’s Foreign Investment Policy and its administration.

The Board's functions are advisory only. Responsibility for making decisions on the Policy and proposals rests with the Treasurer. The Treasury's Foreign Investment and Trade Policy Division (the Division) provides secretariat services to the Board and is responsible for the day to day administration of the arrangements.

For all information and applications relating to foreign investment in Australia, please visit  and click on the Real Estate tab.

All information on this website is a guide only. You must obtain legal advice before purchasing any property in Australia.

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