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INVESTMENT
World class investment
Australia is much more than a great place
for a holiday, it is also a top destination
for investors with interests in finance,
insurance, banking and business.
opinion
With an enviable climate, pristine beaches, beautiful
landscapes and multicultural society, Australia
has always been a highly sought after tourist
destination. Australia is also cementing its reputation AvAiLAbLe funDs
as a world class investment destination. Although
Australia has a relatively high savings rate, thanks
it’s still viewed in some quarters as a resource-
to a sophisticated system of mandatory retirement
based economy, Australia’s finance and insurance
savings and this ensures that Australia has one of the
industries are almost as big as the mining sector
largest pools of available funds under management
globally, valued in excess of A$979.7 billion.
and their continued expansion has aided growth in
related sectors such as communications, property
and business services. banks are big, even by global standards, with a strong
retail base and highly developed wealth management and
competitive advantage
insurance capabilities.
More than 400,000 Australians are involved in
financial services and this workforce is highly skilled,
sophisticated economy
internationally experienced, multi-lingual and relatively Australia is a sophisticated, mature and modern
cost competitive. When you add excellent education economy. There are little if any restrictions on overseas
and training facilities, a strong regulatory environment, investors redeeming their funds at short notice and these
sophisticated business infrastructure and a large investors can invest via a variety of pathways into a vast
continued intake of skilled immigrants to this mix, array of business and industry sectors ranging from the
Australia’s people capital is indeed one of its most traditional industries such as resourses and agriculture
competitive advantages, making it an ideal destination where Australian expertise is renowned; to cutting edge
for inward investment and well positioned to service the and fast-evolving financial, manufacturing, health care
burgeoning markets in South and South East Asia. and technology sectors
Ahead of the crisis top indian companies
The effect of the global financial crisis on the Australian If you are thinking of following some world class
economy has been comparatively minimal to date. This Indian companies such as TCS, Infosys, Reliance and
has mainly been as a result of strong commodity exports State Bank in setting up operations in Australia, the
to Asia, a flexible exchange rate, a robust banking sector, Australian Federal and State Governments can offer you
and an effective, timely and sizeable stimulus package considerable assistance and support. Austrade, and the
from the Australian Government. Australian banks have Department of Industry and Investment in each of the
therefore emerged relatively unscathed from the carnage Australian states have dedicated India desks, staffed by
that has affected their US and European counterparts professionals who are experienced in assisting Indian
and are ideally placed to expand their activities. Australian companies and SME’s with their investment objectives in
relation to investing in Australia.
If on the other hand, you wish to take advantage
About the Author
of the Indian Government’s recent liberalisation vis-a-
Sorab M. Daver is the Vice President
vis allowing Indians to invest their monies overseas, you
of the Australia India Business Council
may wish to take a closer look at Australia. You will be
NSW and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL
PLANNER™, and the Principal Director
able to access a wide range of solid investments with
of Ascension Lifestyle Solutions established and consistent performance track records
(http://www.ascensionlifestyle.com.
backed by a strong currency and a regulatory regime that
au), a company involved in providing holistic wealth
is favourable to inward investment.
creation and wealth protection strategies. He can be
contacted at life.solutions@optusnet.com.au
www.aibc.org.au/NSW/
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