In 2015, Chinese investors ploughed $28.69 billion into the Australian economy. Approximately AUD $6.8billion of this went into Australian commercial and residential real estate. Current Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) policies require incoming real estate investment funding to be channelled into new dwellings, creating additional jobs in construction and supporting economic growth in Australia.

Though temporary Australian residents may be required to sell older residential property when they leave Australia, many foreign nationals are able to retain, rent out, sell or live in newly constructed dwellings. This is a major draw card for Chinese investors looking at new residential buildings.

Other pull factors include Australia’s well-regulated land title system, buoyant real estate market, high capital gains in major cities, financial stability and lower deposit requirements.

Australia’s rental yields of 2-3% in major cities are twice that of China’s. Legislative changes to residential property investment in China also makes Australia very appealing.