Investment Opportunities in Australia

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Protection of Foreign Investment

Bilateral Investment Conventions Signed By Australia
International Controversies Registered By UNCTAD
Organizations Offering Their Assistance in Case of Disagreement
ICC , The International Chamber of Commerce
ICSID , International Center for settlement of Investment Disputes
Member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Country Comparison For the Protection of Investors

  Australia OECD United States Germany
Index of Transaction Transparency* 8.0 6.0 7.0 5.0
Index of Manager’s Responsibility** 2.0 5.2 9.0 5.0
Index of Shareholders’ Power*** 7.0 6.8 9.0 5.0
Index of Investor Protection**** 5.7 6.0 8.3 5.0

Source: Doing Business

Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action. **** The Greater the Index, the Higher the Level of Investor Protection.

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Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
Acquisition of Holdings
There is a mixed regime which has been made more flexible since it was set up in 1975. However, the purchase of a local firm by a foreign company can always be refused by the controlling authority, on the grounds that it would be contrary to national interests.
Consult the FIRB (Foreign Investment Review Board) website.
Obligation to Declare
The agency for the promotion of foreign investment in the country gives information about the authorizations necessary for setting up. Some investments must be declared to the FIRB.
Acquisitions, substantiel acquisitions of holdings, and taking control of Australian companies whose assets are valued at more than 50 million AUD; the creation or setting up of a new business when it goes over 10 million AUD (over 100 million AUD of investment the FIRB will make a detailed study); direct investments carried out by foreign governments must be declared.
Competent Organization For the Declaration
Requests For Specific Authorizations
The media, the banking sector, air transport and mining concessions are subject to restrictions; the FIRB can provide details.
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Office Real Estate and Land Ownership

Possible Temporary Solutions
There are several temporary solutions: domiciliation of the company at the private address of the director, domiciliation in a business center, lodging in relay-workshops , company incubators and renting professional premises.
The Possibility of Buying Land and Industrial and Commercial Buildings
Production sites can be built with the help of INVEST Australia and administrations of the different Australian States such as the DSRD.
Risk of Expropriation
According to Australian law, foreign investors are entitled to compensation if they are victims of expropriation.

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Investment Aid

Forms of Aid
Subsidies, discounts and reductions of costs, tax exemptions, loan guarantees, payment of expenses for personnel training
Privileged Domains
The Australian government encourages investment essentially in Research and Development and in the creation of new industries. The Department of Industry, Science and Tourism ( DIST) plays a vital role in these incentive policies. Allowances are granted to investors who take part in certain Research and Development activities in high technology sectors.
Privileged Geographical Zones
Free Zones
There are some free zones in Australia, such as the Northern Territory Trade Development Zone, which have been established to attract multinationals.
Organizations Which Finance
Invest Australia is the agency for the promotion of investment in Australia. It finances aid to investment and publishes an investor's guide.

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Investment Opportunities

The Key Sectors of the National Economy
Agri-food, the mining and agricultural sectors, logistics.
High Potential Sectors
Biotechnologies, environment, infrastructures.
Privatization Programs
Electricity production
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
AusTender, Annual Procurement Plan List
SA Tenders and Contracts, Public Procurement opportunities within Australia
Tenders Info, Tenders in Australia
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide

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Sectors Where Investment Opportunities Are Fewer

Monopolistic Sectors
The Australian government still maintains legal monopolies in public service companies: the postal service (Australia Post) and the rail network.
Sectors in Decline
Textiles, Shoes

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