Australia’s International Investment Position

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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australia’s net international liability position at the end of 2018 was AU$975.7 billion, an increase of $6.9 billion on 2017.

Foreign investment in Australia

The level of foreign investment in Australia reached $3,514.4 billion for 2018, an increase of $187.1 billion (6%) on 2017. Portfolio investment accounted for $1,836.3 billion (52%), direct investment for $967.5 billion (28%), other investment for $508.0 billion (14%) and financial derivatives $202.6 billion (6%).

The leading investor countries for 2018 were:

  • United States of America $939.5 billion (27%)
  • United Kingdom $574.8 billion (16%)
  • Belgium $316.9 billion (9%)
  • Japan $229.3 billion (7%)
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China) $118.8 billion (3%)
  • Singapore $85.4 billion (2%).

Australian investment abroad

Australian investment abroad totalled $2,538.8 billion in 2018, increasing $180.2 billion (8%) over 2017. Portfolio investment accounted for $1,124.8 billion (44%), direct investment for $695.6 billion (27%), other investment for $439.7 billion (17%), financial derivatives for $197.2b (8%) and reserve assets for $81.5b (3%). Of the portfolio investment assets, equity securities accounted for $713.0b (28% of Australian investment abroad) and debt securities $411.7b (16% of Australian investment abroad).

The leading investment destinations for 2018 were:

  • United States of America $718.9 billion (28%)
  • United Kingdom $408.0 billion (16%)
  • Japan $113.0 billion (4%)
  • New Zealand $96.7 billion (4%)
  • Cayman Islands $77.5 billion (3%)
  • Germany $77.3 billion (3%).