Importance of Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is critical to Australia’s economy. It supplements Australia’s national savings, supports local businesses, develops infrastructure, and builds regional economies.

Australia is the world’s 13th largest economy. It is natural for Australia to seek FDI to grow industries – this has been happening for the last 200 years.

The international investment landscape is competitive. It’s important that Australia keeps pace with leading economies, and continues to attract FDI to help Australian companies compete globally.

Find out how FDI helps benefit Australia.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is critical to Australia's economy

Infographic of the importance of foreign direct investment 

FDI supplements Australia's national savings, supports local businesses, develops infrastructure, and builds regional economies.

Investment from overseas is woven into daily life, from roads or public transport, to technology used in phones or computers, or one of many international services or manufacturing companies employing hundreds of thousands of Australians.

Without FDI many of Australia’s leading industries would not exist, meaning less money flowing into the economy and fewer jobs. Find out how FDI helps benefit Australia.

Japanese Investment in Australia

Discover how Japan, Australia's second largest source of FDI, is shaping Australia's key industries and contributing to the lives of the many Australians employed through their investment. Read about Japanese investment in Australia.

US Investment in Australia

The US is Australia's largest direct investor, and its affiliated firms in Australia account for more than 335,000 local jobs. Learn how US investment impacts Australians.

Factsheets

Learn more about FDI: what it is, the benefits, which countries invest in Australia and where Australia attracts investment.