Australia’s top exporter

Western Australia continues to be Australia’s major exporter, accounting for 35.1 per cent of Australia’s total exports in 2016-17. Queensland comes in second, making up 22.4 per cent of the country’s exports with New South Wales in third at 22.3 per cent.

Importantly, export values are growing in all states and territories, which is helping to create new jobs and drive economic growth across the country.

The results are revealed in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia’s Trade by State and Territory 2016-17.

The report, released today, shows resources remained the major export for most of Australia’s States and Territories. Iron ore and concentrates ($62 billion) was the major export for Western Australia while coal was the major export for both Queensland ($29 billion) and New South Wales ($15 billion). The main export for Victoria was education-related travel services ($9 billion), for South Australia was alcoholic beverages ($1.5 billion) and for Tasmania was zinc ($639 million).

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