Date: 26th March 2019 Venue: Sydney

IFN is excited to be back in Australia once again as interest Down Under swells and Shariah investment flows increase. The country may still be lacking in dedicated Islamic finance laws; however, its stability, as proven by its unbroken record of continued economic expansion over the last 26 years and lucrative real estate sector, has attracted strong interest from Shariah investors from Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Malaysia’s Lembaga Tabung Haji is one of the biggest Islamic investors in the country but more institutional investors from the likes of the UAE and Saudi Arabia are also eyeing a slice of the Australian property pie. The Shariah rush into the Australian property market may be relatively recent; however, the buildup for Islamic investments has long been in the making on the domestic front. Housing the largest funds under management in the world after the US and Luxembourg, Australia is home to a growing number of Shariah compliant investment funds; experts forecast the Islamic investment fund industry to grow up to US$22 billion by 2020. Shariah compliant mortgages continue to gain positive traction so much so that Australia’s largest banks are also designing Muslim-friendly products to cater to this burgeoning market.