The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) publicly releases a short summary of most applications that are granted or declined, except residential land applications for one Home To Live In (HTLI).
Decision summaries are normally released at the end of the month following the decision.
The OIO will not publish identifying information such as the names of individuals who are HTLI applicant(s) and the address or record of title of the residential land to protect people’s privacy. The bright line test for HTLI applications means that there are no considerations or underlying rationale unique to each application.
If the decision to grant or decline consent under HTLI involves residential land that is also otherwise sensitive, the investor test applies and the OIO assesses financial commitment, good character and/or business acumen. For these applications there is an over-riding public interest to make the information available and decision summaries will be released.
Information may be withheld under the Official Information Act 1982.
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The Overseas Investment Office has released the following decision for this January 2019:
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