Submission to Review of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 and Statutory Review of the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018
The proposed changes to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (SOCI Act) risk
impeding the market efficiency of business investment activity within our
domestic economy both now and in the future.
As a net importer of capital, Australia’s economy relies on a dependable
and steady flow of foreign capital to drive economic growth and job
creation. To fund our national recovery, Australian businesses need prompt
and reliable access to capital from domestic as well as offshore investors.
The proposed changes to the SOCI Act, through its links to the Foreign Acquisition and Takeovers Act, have the potential to
impede the ability of Australian business to access this vitally important
Analysis by the Australian Investment Council shows that of the Australian
private equity and venture capital deals between 2010 and August 2020, the
number of deals potentially brought within scope of an expanded SOCI Act
Increase from 1.8% and 55.1% for private equity; and
Increase from 3.3% and 56.8% for venture capital.
Private Equity and Venture Capital deals currently and potentially captured by (expanded) SOCI Act
deals from 2010 to August 2020
Sources: Preqin and Australian Investment Council, 2020
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