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Australian Government App

The Australian Government has released an official app with up-to-date information on the coronavirus. Search “Coronavirus Australia” in the Apple app store and on Google Play to download the app.

Commercial Leasing Mandatory Code of Conduct

8 April 2020
The National Cabinet has agreed that each state and territory will introduce a mandatory code of conduct for commercial leases. Attached is the agree leasing principles. Information has been sought from the Minister as to when the Code will come into force.

Australian Government – COVID-19 – Official Australian Government information

23 March 2020
The official information from the Australian Government, following the Prime Minister’s announcements during the day yesterday and the National Cabinet Meeting of the Prime Minister, state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers held in Canberra last night (22 March 2020) has been updated will the latest advice as at 10.10am AEDT, Monday 23 March 2020.  Legal practices remain unaffected by the Australian Government’s measures as introduced at 22 March 2020. See

Economic Response to the Coronavirus

The Government is acting decisively in the national interest to support households and businesses and address the significant economic consequences of the Coronavirus. Further details.

Foreign Investments now Requiring Federal Government Approval

On 29 March 2020 the Federal Treasurer posted a media release relating to changes to the foreign investment framework.   Further administrative details to give effect to this announcement will be published on the FIRB website in due course. In the meantime, please also see the FIRB website summarising these changes and the FIRB media release for more information.

Media Release excerpt:

The Morrison Government is today announcing temporary changes to the foreign investment review framework that are designed to protect Australia’s national interest as we deal with the economic implications arising from the spread of the coronavirus.

Effective from this date of announcement, all proposed foreign investments into Australia subject to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (the Act) will require approval, regardless of value or the nature of the foreign investor.

This is not an investment freeze. Australia is open for business and recognises investment at this time can be beneficial if in the national interest. 

The temporary change will be achieved by reducing to $0 the monetary screening thresholds for all foreign investments under the Act. By temporarily reducing the foreign investment thresholds, the Australian Government will ensure appropriate oversight over all proposed foreign investment during this time.

To ensure sufficient time for screening applications, the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) will be working with existing and new applicants to extend timeframes for reviewing applications from 30 days to up to six months. … Read more here.

Changes to the Foreign Investment Framework – New Guidance Note

Last week the Treasurer announced changes to the foreign investment framework on 29 March 2020.

Since then, a new Guidance Note Temporary measures in response to the coronavirus [GN53] has been published on the Foreign Investment Review Board website  

If you have any questions contact the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) on +61 2 6263 3795 (weekdays 9am–12:30pm and 1:30pm-5pm) or email