Investment

August 2017

Government announces Social Impact Investment principles and investments – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Investment,

The federal Government has announced a set of principles to guide its investment in programs that help the most vulnerable Australians.

July 2017

Draft bill to limit deductibility of expenses on housing investment – July 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Housing, Investment,

The federal Government has released exposure draft legislation and explanatory material for the housing affordability and tax integrity measures announced in the 2017-18 Budget.

June 2017

Legislation for Regional Investment Corporation introduced – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Investment,

The federal Government has introduced legislation to implement its election commitment to establish a $4 billion Regional Investment Corporation (RIC).

Government reduces Future Fund investment target – July 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Economy, Politics, Trade and industry, Investment,

The federal Government has reduced the Future Fund’s long-term target return by 50 basis points, reflecting “changed global investment market conditions”.

May 2017

BHP overseas takeover vetoed by Treasurer – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Investment,

Treasurer Scott Morrison has vetoed a proposal that BHP Billiton be delisted from the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) as part of an extensive restructuring.

April 2017

Government orders review of capital raising by mutuals – April 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Investment,

The federal Government has begun a consultation process on reforms to support cooperatives, mutuals and member-owned firms so they can invest, grow and employ more Australians.

February 2017

Forced sales of properties in breach of foreign investment rules – February 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Investment,

Treasurer Scott Morrison has ordered the forced sale of a further 15 Australian residential properties held by foreign nationals in breach of the foreign investment framework.

December 2016

Legislation introduced for crowd-funding regulatory regime – December 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Investment,

Treasurer Scott Morrison has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to facilitate crowd-sourced equity funding in Australia.

November 2016

New regime for Employee Share Ownership proposed – November 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Economy, Trade and industry, Investment,

The Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer has released a discussion paper titled ‘National Innovation and Science Agenda – Employee Share Schemes’ for consultation.

October 2016

Gina Rinehart-led consortia bids for Kidman Estate after Chinese bid blocked – October 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Agriculture, Investment, Mining,

Mining magnate Gina Rinehart has joined with Chinese real estate firm Shanghai CRED to bid $365 million for Australia’s largest private landholding, S Kidman & Co.

July 2016

Whyalla steel package offered – July 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Employment, Industrial Relations, Politics, Trade and industry,

The Federal Coalition has promised steelmaker Arrium a $49.2 million lifeline which it says will protect around 2,700 jobs in South Australia.

New coordinator for regional investment proposed – July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Trade and industry, Agriculture, Infrastructure,

The Coalition says that if re-elected it will establish a Regional Investment Corporation to fast-track the delivery of $4.5 billion in Commonwealth drought and water infrastructure loans.

June 2016

Labor promises $100 million for steel production in Whyalla – June 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Trade and industry, Infrastructure, Investment,

A federal Labor government would provide embattled Whyalla steelmaker Arrium with a $100 million lifeline, with the money to go towards projects aimed at securing the long-term sustainability of the plant and local workforce.

May 2016

Treasurer makes “preliminary” decision on Kidman land sale – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Investment,

Treasurer Scott Morrison has made a “preliminary” decision that a proposed $370 million takeover of S. Kidman and Co by a Chinese-led group would be contrary to the national interest.

Asset backed financing – May 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Budget, Trade and industry,

The Government said it will remove barriers to the use of asset backed financing arrangements, which are supported by assets such as deferred payment arrangements and hire purchase arrangements.

Possible extension of arrangements for venture capital investment – May 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Budget, Trade and industry,

The Government announced in the Budget that it will seek feedback on how to ensure investors in FinTech start-up activities are eligible for the venture capital tax concessions.

January 2016

Government blocks Kidman land sale – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Investment,

The federal Government has blocked the sale of properties owned by S. Kidman and Co – Australia’s largest private land owner – to foreign investors.

December 2015

Innovation Statement – Access to crowd-sourced equity funding – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Business, Investment, IT,

The Government proposes that new crowd-sourced equity funding (CSEF) rules will allow entrepreneurs to raise up to $5 million per year from a large number of individuals.

Innovation Statement - Changes to Venture Capital Limited Partnerships – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Business, Investment,

The Government proposes that partners in a new Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership (ESVCLP) will receive a 10 per cent non-refundable tax offset on capital invested during the year.

Innovation Statement – Tax incentives for investors – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Business, Investment,

The Government proposes that concessional tax treatment will be made available for investors who support innovative startups.

Government forces further property divestments – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Investment,

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has ordered foreign nationals to sell a further seven Australian residential properties acquired in breach of the foreign investment framework.

New foreign investment land registration requirements – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Agriculture, Investment,

The deadline for foreign investors or their representatives to register their existing Australian agricultural land holdings has been extended by two months to 29 February 2016.

Innovation Statement – Access to crowd-sourced equity funding – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Business, Investment, IT,

The Government proposes that new crowd-sourced equity funding (CSEF) rules will allow entrepreneurs to raise up to $5 million per year from a large number of individuals in return for equity in their company.

Innovation Statement – Tax incentives for investors – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Business, Investment,

The Government proposes that concessional tax treatment will be made available for investors who support innovative startups, including a 20 per cent non-refundable tax offset on investment capped at $200,000 per investor, per year.

October 2015

New draft regulations for foreign investment in property published – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Investment,

The Treasury has published draft legislation that would implement the foreign investment regime announced in May.

September 2015

Divestment ordered for foreign house purchases – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Investment,

Former Treasurer Joe Hockey ordered the sale of another five residential properties unlawfully held by foreign nationals.

July 2015

Draft legislation released for new foreign investment rules – July 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Investment,

The Treasury has published draft legislation designed to implement the changes to foreign investment rules for agriculture and real estate, announced in May.

June 2015

Foreign property investment restrictions produce results - June 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Investment,

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey says that just one month after the Government announced plans to strengthen foreign investment rules for residential real estate, the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has 195 cases under investigation.

Employee share tax changes pass House of Representatives - June

Filed under: Australian Politics, Investment,

Small Business Minister Bruce Billson says that legislation to improve employee share scheme will give a big boost to the start-up sector if the Senate also agrees to it.

March 2015

Tougher rules for foreign investment proposed – March 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Housing, Investment,

The Commonwealth Government says it will take action to strengthen Australia’s foreign investment framework for residential real estate and agriculture.

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