Media Release

28 January 2009

State exports rose strongly in 2007-08

Western Australia was again the nation’s leading exporter in 2007-08, accounting for almost one third of all Australia exports, according to DFAT’s annual analysis of trade by each of the states and territories.

All States and Territories except Tasmania recorded increases in exports compared with the previous year. South Australia, Victoria and the ACT recorded annual growth rates in 2007-08 which were above their five-year average growth.

The figures are contained in Australia’s Trade by State and Territory 2007-08,which provides a complete statistical guide to exports and imports of goods and services for every State and Territory on a financial year basis. It is available free on the DFAT website at http://www.dfat.gov.au/trade

Total exports for Australia were $232.1 billion (up 8.3 per cent from 2006-07) consisting of:

NSW was by far the nation’s largest exporter of services with a share of 40.2 per cent ($20.6 billion), followed by Victoria 25.3 per cent ($13 billion), Queensland 17.1 per cent ($8.8 billion) and Western Australia 9.5 per cent ($4.9 billion). Travel services were the major component of services exports.

Australia’s Trade by State and Territory, 2007-08 is part of a series published each year by DFAT that provides comprehensive information on Australia’s international trade in goods and services. The analysis and summary tables, and an order form for this publication are available at: http://www.dfat.gov.au/publications/. Hard copy orders can also be placed at this site.

For further information please contact (02) 6261 2256, or email statssection@dfat.gov.au.

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