• Industry: Energy & Natural Resources, Asia Business, China
  • Type: Business and industry issue
  • Date: 26/09/2012

Demystifying Chinese investment in Australia

China insights
Research on the future of reciprocal trade between Australia and China written collaboratively with the University of Sydney China Studies Centre.

The Energy Imperative: Australia-China opportunities – Preliminary brief 

China's largest energy companies have rapidly increased their stakes in Australia's energy sectors in recent years, motivated by the same factors that have underpinned their acquisitions in the resources sector.

This preliminary paper looks at what the future will hold for Chinese energy and energy infrastructure investors in Australia.


Key insights

  • In the past 6 years, Chinese companies completed 24 deals in Australia's energy sector with a total value of USD12.8 billion.
  • Chinese energy interests in Australia are dominated by investments in the coal and gas industries.
  • Chinese companies remain very interested in making long-term energy and infrastructure investments in Australia.


Our Australia China Business Practice assists Chinese companies investing in Australia and supports Australian companies investing in China.

Australia-China corridor

Australia-China corridor
The long-term demographic and social forces shaping China and its 12th Five-Year plan will greatly impact Australia's prosperity for decades to come.