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Foreign investment statistics

Australian industries and foreign direct investment

Graphic on which Australian industries attract foreign direct investment. Figures in table below.
Which Australian industries attract foreign direct investment?
2020, A$ billion
Rank in 2020* Industry 2018 2019 2020 % of total % change 2019 to 2020 5-year trend
% growth
1 Mining & quarrying 374.6 375.8 360.4 35.1 -4.1 3.1
2 Real estate activities 103.6 111.3 120.0 11.7 7.8 15.1
3 Financial & Insurance activities 112.7 110.1 112.4 11.0 2.2 14.0
4 Wholesale & Retail trade 60.1 60.8 61.5 6.0 1.1 3.4
5 Information & Communication 27.7 30.8 32.1 3.1 4.1 4.9
6 Transportation & Storage 26.1 25.8 25.9 2.5 0.2 3.4
7 Electricity, Gas & Water  22.2 23.0 22.7 2.2 -1.4 8.9
8 Construction 21.4 21.4 19.4 1.9 -9.4 2.0
9 Professional, Scientific & Technical activities 7.1 10.1 11.8 1.1 16.1 21.2
10 Accommodation & Food service activities 8.9 9.4 8.9 0.9 -5.7 6.6
  Other/Unallocated 229.3 265.0 251.5 24.5 -5.1 6.2
  All industries 993.6 1,043.6 1,026.6 100.0 -1.6 6.3
*Note: Manufacturing has been confidentialised in 2020 and would rank 2nd.
Based on ABS catalogue 5352.0. Last updated: May 2021

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