Unlimited possibilities

Investing in the region

The Indian Ocean Territories region offers tremendous potential for investors to feature and preserve the unique natural environments of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Already famed for its natural wonders, the Indian Ocean Territories are creating significant opportunities for investors. The IOTs are duty free with no goods and services tax, and will soon possess some of the fastest Internet speeds in Australia. This is an ideal combination for contemporary investors with an eye on the future.

Remarkable possibilities are available to perceptive investors in the areas of ecotourism, infrastructure, hospitality, agriculture, retail and education. The Strategic Plans endorsed by the Australian Government provide a clear direction to sustainably develop this unique area of the world.

The Strategic Land Assessment currently underway for Christmas Island will support economic activity on island by considering future land uses and development opportunities, providing greater certainty to stakeholders, and ensuring clarity about environmental and heritage approval arrangements.

Professional and semi-professional people have chosen to mix lifestyle with business by operating small enterprises such as boutiques, food and beverage outlets, accommodation, creative arts and tourism related services such as fishing, boating and diving.

The diverse multicultural and multi-faith populations who live in the Indian Ocean Territories also create potential for investors keen to start making connections with Asia, only 300 kilometres away.

For more information on the Indian Ocean Territories see the ‘IOT by the numbers in  2019-2020’ document.

Christmas Island CV

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The Christmas Island CV showcases the impressive and extensive business community here on Christmas Island and provides, in a single resource, information for visitors, residents and investors alike.

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IOT Investment Prospectus

There are a wealth of attractive investment opportunities in the Australia’s Indian Ocean Territories.

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Christmas Island 2030 Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan is a plan for the community, by the community, to support economic sustainability and liveability.

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Cocos (Keeling) Islands 2030 Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan has a strong focus on community, on economic development, and on maintaining the pristine environment.

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Cocos (Keeling) Islands CV

The Cocos CV showcases the capacity and capability of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands’ businesses, service providers and workforce.

In 2019 – 2020

Infographic: population in the Indian Ocean Territories a total of 2485.
Infographic: Australian Government budget gor the Indian Ocean Territories is $125.2 million for services and $10 million for capital works.
Infographic: mediam temperature at Cocos Island is 27.2c and at Christmas Island is 24.9c.
Infographic: total weight of aviation freight is 366.2 tonnes.
Infographic: Number of visitors in 2018-2019 is a total of 4826 people.
Infographic: total weight of maritime freight. 35,035 tonnes incoming and 491,976 tones leaving.
Infographic: increase in tourists from the year 2013 to 2018 in 40%.
Infographic: 134 ships berthed in 2018-2019.

*Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions has affected some statistics in the second half of 2019-20, in particular visitor numbers.

Photo of a path through the jungle at Christmas Island. Photo: Kirsty Faulkner.

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