• Lockwood & Ward

Changes to Australia’s Foreign Investment rules

Updated: Feb 7

If you are a foreign investor who has bought Australian Property, please note that in December last year, changes were made to Australia’s foreign investment framework. These changes include:

  • Fees now apply to all applications to purchase residential real estate made by foreign investors

  • Penalties apply to breaches of Australia’s foreign investment and real estate rules.

  • Third parties such as lawyers, conveyancers and real estate agents who knowingly assist foreign investors to break the rules can also be penalised.

  • New holdings or changes to holdings of agricultural land now need to be reported within 30 days. Note: if you held an interest in agricultural land on or after 1 July 2015 and before 1 February 2016, you must register with the ATO by 29 February 2016.

If you need help understanding your legal obligations as a foreign investor, please contact our office directly on 02 9299 7044.

Sourced from: https://www.ato.gov.au/Newsroom/smallbusiness/General/Helping-a-foreign-investor-with-real-estate-/?sbnews20160217


We are Taxation and Business Advisors in Sydney.

Services include: 

  • Business Taxation advice

  • Personal Income Tax Returns

  • Super and SMSF advice

  • Finance and Mortgages

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping


Professional Standing

  • Member: ICAA

  • Licenced Auditors

  • Registered Business Agents

  • Registered Tax Agents


Lockwood and Ward • Taxation and Business Advisors • Level 9, 50 Clarence St Sydney NSW 2000

Quick Contact