Western Australia's principal goods trading partners:
- Republic of Korea
- United kingdom.
Education: 44,519 overseas enrolments
Tourism: 738,000 visitors
Gateways to the global marketplace: As a trading nation surrounded by ocean, Australia relies on its seaports to facilitate our international trade in goods. Over 80 per cent of Australia's exports and imports pass through one of the country's many seaports – over one billion tonnes in 2011. That's heavier than 18,000 Sydney Harbour Bridges!
As Australia's mining and commodities boom continues, our ports are busier than ever. They provide jobs both in the ports themselves and in the surrounding communities.
Total tonnage: 218,865,212
Exports (217,509,813 tonnes): iron ores; electric power machinery; copper ores; stone & sand.
Imports (1,355,399 tonnes): petroleum; pre-fabricated buildings; ships and boats; railway vehicles.
INTERESTING FACT: Port Hedland is the largest tonnage port in Australia and the largest bulk minerals export port in the world.
Port of Dampier
Total tonnage: 169,647,046
Exports (168,308,421 tonnes): iron ores; propane & butane; natural gas; salts; petroleum.
Imports (1,338,625 tonnes): petroleum; natural gas; railway vehicles; ships & boats; specialised machinery.
INTERESTING FACT: The first contracted shipment from Dampier took place on22 August 1966, with the Huon Maru sailing to Japan with 52,000 tonnes of iron ore.
2011 TOP 5 EXPORTS goods & services:
- iron ores & concentrates A$62.8b;
- gold A$14.9b;
- crude petroleum A$11.4b;
- natural gas A$8.6b;
- wheat A$1.7b.
2011 TOP 5 IMPORTS goods & services:
- gold A$4.8b;
- crude petroleum A$4.1b;
- recreational travel services A$3.4b;
- refined petroleum A$2.9b;
- technical & other business services A$2.5b.