Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia: April 2016

Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia

Chinese investment in Australia returned to positive growth in 2015, rising very strongly with a record number of deals taking Chinese investors into new industries – including healthcare for the first time – and new geographies.


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This report is the latest in a series of 'Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia' reports, by KPMG and The University of Sydney's China Studies Centre. It analyses Chinese outbound direct investment into Australia in 2015, and includes in-depth research into the sentiments of Chinese investor companies investing in Australia.

Key insights

  • Chinese investment in Australia rose substantially in 2015 calendar year, to US$11.1 billion (AU$15.09 billion), a 32.9 percent increase on the previous year in US$ terms (or a 59.5 percent increase in AU$).
  • This was the second highest inflow year for new Chinese investment into Australia, behind the previous peak driven by mining sector investment in 2008.
  • Commercial real estate accounted for 45 percent of the total volume of Chinese overseas direct investment in Australia. There was also significant investment into renewable energy and health, and long-awaited growth in agriculture and agribusiness investment.
  • Profit is the main driver of Chinese investment in Australia, according to a survey of 46 senior executives from Chinese investor companies conducted for the report. The survey revealed that making profits, securing resources and building an international brand were their top three motivators.
  • Australia maintained its position as the second largest recipient of aggregated Chinese direct investment between 2005 and 2015.

Demystifying Chinese investment in Australia

Demystifying Chinese investment in Australia

Research on the future of reciprocal trade between Australia and China written collaboratively with the University of Sydney China Studies Centre.


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