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  • Australia has secured an agreement that provides a strong
    framework to promote high levels of two-way investment
    between Australia and the US.
  • There is no investor-state dispute settlement provision
    in the Agreement.
  • The Agreement preserves Australia's foreign investment policy and maintains our ability to screen all investment of major significance.


The Agreement successfully preserves the main features of
Australia's foreign investment policy.

The Government has retained the right to examine significant
foreign investment proposals in all sectors to ensure they do
not raise issues contrary to the national interest.

  • Foreign investments in urban land (including residential
    properties) and the media, and investments by foreign
    governments, will continue to be screened regardless of
  • Foreign investments in the telecommunications, transport and defence related industries are subject to screening above a threshold (indexed annually).
  • The threshold for screening in all other, non-sensitive sectors is set at a higher threshold (indexed annually).
  • The indexed thresholds are available from the Foreign Investment Review Board website
  • Existing foreign investment limits relating to the media,
    Telstra, CSL, Qantas and other Australian international
    airlines, federal leased airports and shipping have all been

The Agreement includes strong investor protection
provisions, which will benefit Australian investors in the US,
as well as affirming Australia's attractiveness to US
investors. The liberal provisions of the Agreement on
trade in goods and services should also strengthen Australia's
ability to attract foreign investment in many areas of the

Reflecting the fact that both countries have robust,
developed legal systems for resolving disputes between foreign
investors and government, the Agreement does not include any
provisions for investor-state dispute settlement.

Last Updated: 14 November 2012
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