Australia’s trade balance

Australia's trade balance is the difference between what we export and what we import.

It is calculated by subtracting the value of the goods and services Australia buys from overseas from the value of the goods and services we sell to other countries.

As of February 2018, Australia's trade balance was $825 million.

Australia’s trade balance over time

The graph below shows the variation in Australia's monthly trade balance over the past few years.

We calculate two different values for trade balance:

  • seasonally adjusted (sa), which means monthly data is adjusted to account for events such as Christmas, Easter and Chinese New Year.
  • trend, which means the data is smoothed to more clearly highlight changes over time.
Chart showing data from the table below.
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The table below shows the value of Australia's trade balance at the start of each month.

Trade balance, seasonally-adjusted and as a trend, A$ million
Date

Balance on goods and services
(seasonally-adjusted)

Balance on goods and services
(as a trend)
1/02/2018 825               262              
1/01/2018 952               200              
1/12/2017 -1,445               177              
1/11/2017 369               230              
1/10/2017 327               352              
1/09/2017 1,344               529              
1/08/2017 517               739              
1/07/2017 593               1,010              
1/06/2017 1,168               1,264              
1/05/2017 2,059               1,573              
1/04/2017 -113               2,048              
1/03/2017 2,553               2,534              
1/02/2017 3,217               2,842              
1/01/2017 1,521               2,780              
1/12/2016 4,478               2,311              
1/11/2016 2,153               1,467              
1/10/2016 -1,130               384              
1/09/2016 -622               -692              
1/08/2016 -1,808               -1,533              
1/07/2016 -1,903               -2,040              
1/06/2016 -3,142               -2,234              
1/05/2016 -2,126               -2,260              
1/04/2016 -1,797               -2,377              
1/03/2016 -2,559               -2,645              
1/02/2016 -3,059               -3,017              
1/01/2016 -3,172               -3,416              
1/12/2015 -4,200               -3,691              
1/11/2015 -3,788               -3,763              
1/10/2015 -3,816               -3,623              
1/09/2015 -2,935               -3,443              
1/08/2015 -2,946               -3,346              
1/07/2015 -3,138               -3,340              
1/06/2015 -3,579               -3,348              
1/05/2015 -3,348               -3,225              
1/04/2015 -4,183               -2,886              
1/03/2015 -1,886               -2,358              
1/02/2015 -1,460               -1,821              
1/01/2015 -1,097               -1,452              
1/12/2014 -808               -1,332              
1/11/2014 -1,983               -1,411              
1/10/2014 -1,464               -1,579              
1/09/2014 -2,414               -1,732              
1/08/2014 -1,291               -1,770              
1/07/2014 -1,475               -1,655              
1/06/2014 -1,239               -1,352              
1/05/2014 -1,668               -860              
1/04/2014 -767               -267              
1/03/2014 617               279              
1/02/2014 1,332               628              
Last Updated: 5 April 2018

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