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Foreign Investment

Our property lawyers help foreign investors navigate the FIRB approval process in Australia to acquire property.

We guide foreign purchasers through the complex approval process of obtaining FIRB approval of property in Australia, the conveyancing process and structuring advice.

As a foreign buyer, if you are looking to purchase property in Australia, there are complex foreign investment regulations and laws that can make it challenging and costly to invest in Australia.

What is FIRB?

FIRB is an acronym that stands for Foreign Investment Review Board. It is a non-statutory body that advises the Treasurer and the Government on Australia's Foreign Investment Policy.

Our experienced property lawyers can guide you through the process of obtaining approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).

When do I need to lodge an application with the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)?

Under Australia's foreign investment framework, a 'foreign person or persons' may need to lodge an application with the FIRB for approval prior to purchasing any property in Australia. This includes new dwellings, established dwellings to live in, real estate to redevelop, off-the-plan properties and any vacant residential land.

Can I apply to the FIRB without a lawyer's assistance?

Due to the complex nature of the information required and the application process we would recommend that you seek the advice of an experienced property lawyer for your FIRB application. You can however apply to the FIRB without engaging a lawyer.

Our property lawyers provide specialist advice on the costs involved in an acquisition including FIRB approval, stamp duty and ancillary costs. Our team provides you with strategic advice on the best way to structure your acquisition and we can assist you in establishing that structure.

We can provide you with advice on the Contract of Sale so that you understand the terms and your obligations. Our team helps you achieve a successful outcome by undertaking due diligence at the outset and advising you in a clear and timely manner to give you peace of mind that your acquisition in Australia will satisfy Australian laws.

Foreign investment advisory service to assist foreign purchasers

  • Advice on Foreign Investment and Takeovers Act 1975
  • Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval applications
  • Property and planning due diligence
  • Advice on Contract of Sale and Vendor’s Statement (Section 32)
  • Conveyancing
  • Structuring advice and implementation

Our Foreign Investment Lawyers

Kristy Muhlhan

Principal

Kristy Muhlhan

Principal
LL.B (Hons) GRAD DIP. L.P., GAICD.
Since 2014, she has been an owner and Principal of the firm and has mastered a broad range of essential commercial and business skills which go hand in hand with the work she does for...

Sandra Le

Associate

Sandra Le

Associate
LL.B BCom
Sandra is professional and takes exceptional care with every matter she undertakes and is a natural problem solver.

Wendy Toura

Conveyancing Team Leader and Law Clerk

Wendy Toura

Conveyancing Team Leader and Law Clerk
Licensed Conveyancer, BCom
Wendy’s role is primarily in conveyancing.

Emma Dickens

Paralegal

Emma Dickens

Paralegal
Bachelor of Legal and Dispute studies
Emma joined us in 2018 and holds a Bachelor of Legal and Dispute studies. Emma is currently studying for her Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing.
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