Asian investment in Australia is on the rise, according to greenfield investment monitor fDi Markets. Since 2005 there has been a gradual increase in the number of investments being made into Australia from Asian companies. In 2006 there were 33 investment projects into Australia, rising to 61 projects in 2009. However, in 2010, this figure dropped by 5% and looks unlikely to be beaten in 2011, with Australia receiving 25 FDI projects from Asia in the first half of the year.

The Australian High Commissioner to India Peter Varghese, however, predicts a rapid increase in investments from India-based companies in the next five years. The Australian government is planning to strengthen its political ties with India as it has with Japan and Korea.


Between 2003 and 2011, the top investor into Australia was the US, closely followed by the UK, Japan and Germany. Investments from all four countries have steadily increased since 2003, surpassing other Western countries, including France, Canada and the Netherlands.

A total of 364 investments has been made into the software and the information and communications technology industry, making it the top sector for investment in Australia. This industry has outclassed the business services and financial services sectors, which have seen a combined 370 investments since 2003. All three sectors have seen a gradual increase in investment in Australia, according to fDi Markets