Australia and foreign investment

Where does Australia invest?

Australian businesses are significant global investors, with the total value of outward investment from Australia passing $1.6 trillion at the end of 2013.

The United States and the United Kingdom are the two largest destinations for outwards investment at $472 billion and $256 billion respectively. Australian outwards investment to major Asian economies (China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and all ASEAN members) has more than tripled from $61.3 billion in 2003 to $203.1 billion in 2013.

The Australian government is working to support Australian investors and their investments in other economies. This includes international efforts to promote a more predictable and transparent environment for investment and regulatory arrangements that are more conducive to the cross-border flow of investment.

Where does Australia invest?
Rank Country $b % of total
1 United States 471.7 28.9
2 United Kingdom 255.7 15.7
3 New Zealand 81.1 5.0
4 Germany 56.6 3.5
5 Canada 53.7 3.3
6 Japan 50.2 3.1
7 Switzerland 38.3 2.3
8 Singapore 35.4 2.2
9 France 33.9 2.1
10 Netherlands 33.5 2.1
11 Hong Kong (SAR of China) 29.7 1.8
12 China 29.6 1.8
13 Cayman Islands 25.1 1.5
14 Papua New Guinea 20.0 1.2
15 Luxembourg 16.9 1.0
16 Brazil 13.0 0.8
17 Bermuda 12.9 0.8
18 Republic of Korea 12.5 0.8
19 Indonesia           10.9 0.7
20 Malaysia 9.5 0.6
Australia’s rank in global foreign direct investment: Outward stock
Rank Country US$ billion
1 United States 6,349.5
2 United Kingdom 1,884.9
3 Germany 1,710.3
4 France 1,637.1
5 Hong Kong (SAR of China) 1,352.4
6 Switzerland 1,259.4
7 Netherlands 1,071.8
8 Belgium 1,009.0
9 Japan 992.9
10 Canada 732.4
11 Spain 643.2
12 China 613.6
13 Italy 598.4
14 British Virgin Islands 523.3
15 Ireland 502.9
16 Russian Federation 501.2
17 Singapore 497.9
18 Australia 471.8
19 Sweden 436.0
20 Brazil 293.3