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Foreign Ownership of Land Register Act 1988 – 1 November 2013

Foreign Ownership of Land Register Regulation 2013 – 1 July 2016

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Upon payment of a fee, a person may access information contained in the Foreign Ownership of Land Register.

  • Sections 11, 14

Where a foreign person acquires or disposes of an interest in land, a notification must be sent to the government not later than 90 days after the date of acquisition/disposal. Notification is also required where a there is a change in foreign person status.

  • Sections 2, 18, 18A, 19, 20, 21, 29, Schedule 1
Reason for law

To provide for the disclosure of foreign ownership of land. (Long Title of Act)

Relevant links

Foreign Ownership Search

Titles Registry forms

Government Data – Foreign Ownership of Land

Helping a foreign investor with real estate? [Australian Taxation Office]

Foreign investment in Australia [Australian Taxation Office]

Foreign Investment Review Board

Media article

Viewpoints: do foreigners have more freedom to invest in Australia than in almost any other country?


The term ‘Crown’ found in sections 4, 29, 30, 32, 33 and 44 could be replaced with a modern alternative.

It is possible for foreign ownership details to be included on title searches. This information may alert the Buyer that special arrangements will need to be made in relation to the execution of land registry forms.



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