TRADE MATTERS 2012 Northern Territory - trade and the world

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Northern Territory Dock FacilityThe Northern Territory is Australia's gateway to Asia. It has abundant natural resources, both on and offshore, complemented by new and sophisticated infrastructure to support trade with the powerhouse economies of Asia. Darwin is also well positioned to become a major maintenance and operations base for the burgeoning oil and gas industry in the region.

About Northern Territory

Northern Territory's goods and services exports were valued at $6 billion in 2011, growing on average 7 per cent every year for the last five years. Key exports for the Northern Territory in 2011 were natural gas, manganese ores, government services and recreational travel. The territory accounted for 2 per cent of Australia's total exports in 2011.

2010-11 economic indicators

Estimated resident population (September 2011): 231,192

Real Gross State Product growth (%): 1.6

Proportion of Australian GDP (%): 1.2

Why the Northern Territory trades

How the Australian Government encourages the Northern Territory's trade

The Australian Government is helping Northern Territory exporters to become even more competitive by further reforming the domestic economy. The Government is investing in skills, education, the National Broadband Network and other infrastructure, as well as engaging in tax reform and cutting regulatory red tape.

The Government is also working to increase market access and improve conditions for exporters overseas by advancing multilateral trade liberalisation through the World Trade Organization, facilitating greater regional trade, and removing bilateral trade barriers.

Northern Territory and Australia's FTAs

Information and contacts

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Advancing Australia's interests overseas

DFAT state office contact details
08 8982 4199

State government contact

Information for new and existing exporters
13 28 78

Australia's Free Trade Agreements

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade