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Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Reps


Part of a package of three bills in relation to Australia’s foreign investment framework, the bill amends the: Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 to: provide a statutory basis for the requirements that apply to foreign government investors; enable the transfer to the Australian Taxation Office of responsibility for administering certain aspects of regulating foreign investment, including residential real estate; introduce civil and criminal penalties; enable the lowering of screening thresholds for investments in the agricultural sector; provide for fees to be payable for foreign investment applications; amend the long title of the Act; and make amendments consequential on the Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015; and Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006, Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to make consequential amendments.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 20/08/15  
Second reading moved 20/08/15  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (20/08/2015): Senate Economics Legislation Committee; Report due 12/10/2015
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