Which countries invest in Australia?

The total value (stock) of foreign investment in Australia stood at $3.2 trillion at the end of 2016.

The United States and the United Kingdom are the top two sources of investment in Australia, ahead of Belgium, Japan and Hong Kong (SAR of China).

Levels of Hong Kong (SAR of China) and Chinese investment in Australia have grown since the mid-2000s, reaching respectively $101 billion and $87 billion at the end of 2016.

Which countries invest in Australia?
2016, A$ billion
Rank
in 2016
Country 2014 2015 2016 % of total % change
2015 to 2016
5-year trend
% growth
1 United States 782.6 877.5 860.9 27.0 -1.9 10.9
2 United Kingdom 477.7 482.6 515.5 16.1 6.8 3.4
3 Belgium 225.8 247.1 270.1 8.5 9.3 56.1
4 Japan 181.2 200.8 213.5 6.7 6.3 10.4
5 Hong Kong (SAR of China) 74.1 85.9 100.9 3.2 17.5 17.7
6 Singapore 87.4 98.8 98.9 3.1 0.2 14.9
7 China 66.4 75.9 87.2 2.7 15.0 37.9
8 Netherlands 58.2 66.3 74.7 2.3 12.6 14.7
9 Luxembourg 59.0 59.9 74.0 2.3 23.7 15.7
10 Switzerland 50.5 54.2 59.1 1.9 9.1 2.8
11 New Zealand 36.6 39.7 46.2 1.4 16.4 10.9
12 Canada 36.0 38.2 42.6 1.3 11.4 10.0
13 Germany 40.5 41.0 38.8 1.2 -5.4 16.1
14 France 21.4 22.3 28.3 0.9 26.9 7.2
15 Bermuda 31.0 25.1 27.2 0.9 8.4 37.8
16 Ireland 16.3 20.5 26.1 0.8 27.4 45.6
17 British Virgin Islands 19.9 22.9 24.2 0.8 5.7 ..
18 Republic of Korea 21.7 23.4 23.6 0.7 0.9 14.7
19 Malaysia 21.0 20.4 20.5 0.6 0.1 6.9
20 Norway 13.2 13.5 15.8 0.5 16.6 29.6
  All countries 2,805.5 3,039.1 3,192.4   5.0 9.2

Based on ABS catalogue 5352.0
Last Updated: July 2017


Australia's rank in global foreign direct investment: Inward stock 2016
US$ billion
Rank in
2016
Country 2014 2015 2016 % of total % change
2015 to 2016
5-year trend
% growth
1 United States 5,442.0 5,571.2 6,391.3 23.9 14.7 12.6
2 Hong Kong (SAR of China) 1,496.1 1,591.6 1,590.8 6.0 -0.1 8.3
3 China 1,085.3 1,220.9 1,354.4 5.1 10.9 13.7
4 United Kingdom 1,628.6 1,408.3 1,196.5 4.5 -15.0 0.5
5 Singapore 1,019.5 1,082.0 1,096.3 4.1 1.3 10.0
6 Canada 958.1 760.7 956.1 3.6 25.7 -0.5
7 Ireland 416.1 866.2 839.6 3.1 -3.1 24.9
8 Netherlands 717.4 719.4 801.1 3.0 11.4 4.4
9 Switzerland 779.1 839.8 793.1 3.0 -5.6 3.2
10 Germany 850.0 786.9 771.0 2.9 -2.0 -6.5
11 France 700.1 688.9 697.6 2.6 1.3 -0.2
12 British Virgin Islands 545.8 574.6 633.7 2.4 10.3 13.9
13 Brazil 614.9 468.7 625.9 2.3 33.5 -3.7
14 Australia 561.9 535.9 576.0 2.2 7.5 -0.7
15 Spain 605.7 557.4 556.6 2.1 -0.1 -3.1
16 Belgium 476.4 455.4 474.9 1.8 4.3 -10.7
17 Mexico 486.9 509.3 473.5 1.8 -7.0 4.0
18 Russian Federation 290.0 262.7 379.0 1.4 44.3 -6.6
19 Cayman Islands 245.2 308.6 353.6 1.3 14.6 17.3
20 Italy 352.5 337.1 346.4 1.3 2.8 -1.4
  All countries 25,107.9 25,190.6 26,728.3   6.1 4.5

Source: UNCTADstat database.
Last Updated: July 2017

 

Last Updated: 23 November 2016