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Foreign investment statistics

Economic activity of Australian businesses abroad 2018-19

Australia’s foreign affiliates make a valuable contribution to the Australian economy.

Funded by DFAT and Austrade, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a new study on the economic impact of Australia’s foreign affiliates abroad. The new study provides key economic facts on Australia’s 5,176 majority-owned foreign affiliates such as the value of assets, profits remitted back to Australia, sales of goods and services and Industry valued added, as well as the level of employment. Information is cross-classified by country of ownership and industry. The new study confirms the importance of foreign affiliates in the delivery of Australian services, especially: Financial and insurance, Construction, Engineering and other technical and Health services.

Key summary fact sheets

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Majority-owned affiliates (greater than 50% foreign equity)

Australia [PDF]


Industries (a)

(a) No data was published by the ABS for the following industries:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Public administration and safety
  • Education and training
  • Other services

Comparison fact sheet (2002-03 vs 2018-19)

Comparison fact sheet 2002-03 vs 2018-19 [PDF 189KB]

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