Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement: Fact sheets

Investment

Summary

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.

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 economy.  

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.