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03 Oct 2019 Foreign investment in Australia

Vacancy fee for foreign owners 

In December 2017, the Australian Government introduced a vacancy fee for foreign owners of residential dwellings. 

Under the legislation, foreign owners of residential dwellings in Australia are required to pay an annual vacancy fee if their dwelling is not residentially occupied or rented out for more than 183 days (six months) in a year. 

If you're a foreign owner of a residential dwelling you may be liable to pay the vacancy fee. 

More information can be found here. 

How to complete your vacancy fee form and payment instructions 

Foreign investors are required to lodge an annual vacancy fee return with the ATO within 30 days of the end of each vacancy year. You can find the annual vacancy fee return form and payment instructions here.


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