Where does Australia invest?

Australian businesses are significant global investors, with the total value of outward investment from Australia passing $2.1 trillion at the end of 2015.

The United States and the United Kingdom are the two largest destinations for outwards investment at $594 billion and $353 billion respectively. Australian outwards investment to major Asian economies (China, India, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and all ASEAN members) has increased from $70 billion in 2005 to $346 billion in 2015.

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?
2015
Rank Country A$b % of total
1 United States 594.4 28.6
2 United Kingdom 353.2 17.0
3 New Zealand 98.7 4.7
4 Japan 93.2 4.5
5 China 70.2 3.4
6 Singapore 67.1 3.2
7 Germany 66.9 3.2
8 Hong Kong (SAR of China) 50.7 2.4
9 Cayman Islands 49.5 2.4
10 France 45.6 2.2
11 Canada 42.7 2.1
12 Netherlands 37.7 1.8
13 Switzerland 18.6 0.9
14 Papua New Guinea 18.4 0.9
15 Luxembourg 17.9 0.9
16 Republic of Korea 15.0 0.7
17 Bermuda 14.7 0.7
18 India 10.6 0.5
19 Ireland 10.1 0.5
20 Philippines 10.0 0.5

Based on ABS catalogue 5352.0
Last Updated: May 2016

Australia's rank in global foreign direct investment: Outward stock
2015
Rank Country US$b % of total
1 United States 5,982.8 23.9
2 Germany 1,812.5 7.2
3 United Kingdom 1,538.1 6.1
4 Hong Kong (SAR of China) 1,485.7 5.9
5 France 1,314.2 5.2
6 Japan 1,226.6 4.9
7 Switzerland 1,138.2 4.5
8 Canada 1,078.3 4.3
9 Netherlands 1,074.3 4.3
10 China 1,010.2 4.0
11 Ireland 793.4 3.2
12 British Virgin Islands 750.9 3.0
13 Singapore 625.3 2.5
14 Spain 472.1 1.9
15 Italy 466.6 1.9
16 Belgium 458.8 1.8
17 Australia 396.4 1.6
18 Sweden 345.9 1.4
19 Taiwan 336.1 1.3
20 Republic of Korea 278.4 1.1

Source: UNCTADstat database.
Last Updated: October 2016

Last Updated: 23 November 2016