TRADE MATTERS 2012 New South Wales – state trade with the world

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Container ship at portNew South Wales dominates Australian services exports, with a 40 per cent share. Sydney is the financial hub of Australia, with a strong professional services sector including legal, information technology, recreational travel and education-related travel. NSW also has Australia's largest manufacturing sector, which produces a healthy proportion of NSW exports - 19 per cent of the state's total exports and 27 per cent of Australia's manufactures exports in 2011.

About New South Wales

New South Wales' goods and services exports were valued at $60 billion in 2011, growing on average 4 per cent every year for the last five years. Key exports for NSW in 2011 were coal, education-related travel, recreational travel and copper ores. The state accounted for 20 per cent of Australia's total exports in 2011.

2010-11 economic indicators

Why New South Wales trades

How the Australian Government encourages New South Wales' trade

The Australian Government is helping New South Wales' 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.

New South Wales and Australia's FTAs

Information and contacts

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

DFAT state office contact details
02 9356 6222

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