Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia: March 2014 Update

Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia: March'14

Chinese investment in Australia declined 10 percent during 2013 against an overall global increase in Chinese outbound investment. The Chinese investment profile is changing. For the first time in 2013 Chinese investment in Australia was not concentrated in the mining sector. We experienced a shift towards a larger number of smaller to medium sized deals and a larger share of private Chinese investors.

Doug Ferguson

NSW Chairman and Head of Asia & International Markets

KPMG Australia


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Our report finds Australia is well placed to remain a priority destination, but we can’t afford to rest on our laurels.

Key insights

  • Chinese ODI for 2013 (USD 9.1 billion) fell 10 percent from 2012.
  • Australia dropped to a second priority destination behind the USA for accumulated global Chinese ODI (since 2005).
  • More private Chinese investor activity.
  • Greater diversification of Chinese investments by industry in 2013 with commercial real estate the big winner with 20 transactions.
  • Overall downward trend for new mining investments continued in 2013.
  • Victoria is the number one Australian state for Chinese investment.

KPMG Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate, live and gather as employees, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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