Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

D03 - 20 February 2006

New Publication Features Trade by States And Territories

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today released a new publication which highlights the trade flows and trends of individual Australian states and territories for financial year 2004-05.

Australia's Trade by State and Territory, 2004-05 provides a comprehensive statistical analysis of each state and territory's trade in goods by commodity, level of processing and by partner country. Services trade for each state and territory is also analysed.

The statistics reflect Australia's diversity as a trading nation, with each state and territory having a distinct export profile. Most states and territories contributed significantly to Australia's 13 per cent rise in exports to $164 billion in 2004-05.

New South Wales exporters returned $39.1 billion in revenue to the Australian economy in 2004-05, a 13 per cent rise, through commodities such as coal, aluminium, beef, refined petroleum, copper ores, medicaments and wool.

Victoria, with exports worth $26.8 billion in 2004-05 (up 4 per cent), earned more than a third of its export revenue through trade in manufactured goods such as motor vehicles and aluminium. Rural exports such as dairy products, wool and meat (both beef and sheep meat) also were strong contributors to the State's export trade.

Primary industries are the major export earners in Queensland and Western Australia with over half of each of these States' export revenues earned through export of primary products. Queensland's exports were worth $33.1 billion in 2004-05 (up 24 per cent) and Western Australia's totalled $38.8 billion (up 19 per cent).

Major South Australian exports, up 1 per cent in 2004-05 to $8.7 billion, included wine, motor vehicles, metals, wheat and meat. Tasmanian exports, which increased 12 per cent to $2.8 billion included zinc, aluminium, copper ores, beef and crustaceans.

Increased minerals exports resulted in a stronger trade performance for the Northern Territory in 2004-05 with exports up 16 per cent to $2.7 billion. In the Australian Capital Territory exports declined 5 per cent to $762 million, with services dominating export activity.

Australia's Trade by State and Territory, 2004-05 is one of a series of statistical publications released each year by DFAT. DFAT also offers a customised consultancy service, producing reports tailored to specific requirements. For further information contact (02) 6261 3114, fax (02) 6261 3321 or email statssection@dfat.gov.au. The analysis and summary tables from publications, and an order form, are available at: www.dfat.gov.au/publications/statistics.html.

Media enquiries: Matt Anderson, DFAT Media Liaison, (02) 6261 1555.