Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

D1 / 1 February 2005

New Publication Features Trade by States and Territories

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) today released a new publication which highlights the trade flows and trends of individual Australian states and territories for financial year 2003-04.

Australia's Trade by State and Territory, 2003-04 provides a comprehensive 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 information contained in the publication illustrates Australia's diversity as a trading nation, with each state and territory producing a differing array of goods and services for export which together were worth $142.9 billion in 2003-04.

New South Wales exporters returned $34 billion in revenue to the Australian economy in 2003-04 through commodities such as coal, aluminium, copper ores, beef, medicaments, wool and refined petroleum.

Victoria, with exports worth $25.7 billion in 2003-04, 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) were also strong contributors to the state's export trade.

Primary industries were the major export earners in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia with around half of each of these states' export revenues earned through export of primary products.

In the Northern Territory, increased exports of pearls and gems resulted in manufactured products occupying a greater share of NT goods and services exports, while services exports dominate in the Australian Capital Territory.

Major Tasmanian exports in 2003-04 included zinc, aluminium, crustaceans, beef, and copper ores.

Australia's Trade by State and Territory, 2003-04 is one of a series published each year by DFAT, providing comprehensive information on Australia's international trade in goods and services. 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: Nicole Guihot, DFAT Media Liaison on 02 6261 1555