Broad commentary suggests Australia's service providers are considered to be amongst the winners, with tourism and telecommunications being of particular note.
- All Australian private higher education institutions registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and all Courses for Overseas Students will be listed on an official Chinese Ministry of Education website.
- China will provide new market access to Australian telecommunications companies undertaking joint construction projects with Chinese counterparts in Shanghai. Australian companies will be exempted from business scope restrictions, allowing them to undertake a wider range of commercially-meaningful projects.
- China has agreed to guarantee new access for Australian companies investing in value-added telecommunications services in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) with improved foreign equity limits, now allowing for wholly Australian-owned companies supplying domestic multi-party communication services, application store services, store and forward services, and call-centre services.
- Australian tourism and travel-related service suppliers will be able to construct, renovate and operate wholly Australian-owned hotels and restaurants in China.
- Australian travel agencies/tour operators are also able to establish wholly Australian-owned subsidiaries in China for tours within China for both domestic and foreign travellers.
Chinese firms will also gain greater access to Australia. Australia will grant Work and Holiday visas for up to 5000 Chinese nationals annually, as well as 1800 Chinese skilled workers on 457 work visas and there are reports the deal will allow some Chinese-owned projects to bring in Chinese workers with strict conditions. While ACTU president GED Kearney expressed concern over Australians’ job security, some industry commentators have noted the benefits of having access to an expanded pool of labour.