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Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme

The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme commenced on 10 December 2018. Its purpose is to provide the public and government decision-makers with visibility of the nature, level and extent of foreign influence on Australia's government and political process.

The scheme introduces registration obligations for persons and entities who have arrangements with, and undertake certain activities on behalf of, foreign principals. Whether a person or entity is required to register will depend on who the foreign principal is, the nature of the activities undertaken, the purpose for which the activities are undertaken, and in some cases, whether the person has held a senior public position in Australia.

A range of guidance materials to assist potential registrants to understand their obligations under the scheme and an online registration portal is available on the Attorney-General's Department website

All enquiries can be lodged on the Attorney-General's Department website

Last Updated: 29 March 2019
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