Overseas investment of Australian companies

22 Apr 2015


  • Christina Goodman
  • International Investment

Investing overseas can help Australian companies remain competitive in a changing global trade landscape.

One third of Australia’s top 2,000 companies hold direct investment in an overseas market, according to recent Austrade analysis.

Companies that had invested overseas held investments in an average of 4.5 markets, and the top five markets invested in, by number of investee companies, were New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Hong Kong.

By industry, Australian manufacturing companies had invested in the greatest number of foreign companies. In the United States, Malaysia and China and Singapore, Australian manufacturing companies hold more investments compared to any other sector.

Australian professional, scientific and technical services firms held the second largest number of investments.  For this industry, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States were the top three markets by number of investments.

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Direct investments of Australian companies by market and industry

(Number of investee companies)


Foreign companies with 10 per cent or greater ownership by a top 2000 Australian company; Source: IBISWorld company database February 2015.

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