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Foreign investment into Australia

Treasury Working Paper 2016-011

Release date: 18 February 2016

Adam McKissack and Jessica Xu | Working Paper | ISBN: 978-1-925220-30-8

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Despite the essential contribution of foreign investment to Australia’s economic growth and prosperity, the benefits of foreign investment are not well understood. This paper aims to provide further insights into foreign investment in Australia by examining the trends, the sources and the positive effects of foreign investment into Australia. The available data on foreign investment in Australia suggests a fairly consistent trend over time despite increases in the number of foreign investment applications received by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

1 Adam McKissack and Jessica Xu, Foreign Investment and Trade Policy Division, Markets Group, The Treasury, Langton Crescent, Parkes ACT 2600, Australia. Correspondence: Adam McKissack, We thank Renae Liang, Shibani Iyer, Stewart Nixon, Philip Hu, Derrick Calder, Paul Fischer and Owen Freestone for their significant contribution to the paper. The paper also benefits from comments and suggestions by John Lonsdale, Rob Donelly, Rupert Jolley, David Earl and Jeremy Curtis.

The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of The Australian Treasury or the Australian Government.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016

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