TRADE MATTERS 2012 Western Australia – state trade with the world

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Dock workersWestern Australia is one of the great mineral provinces of the world. It hosts an impressive 545 commercial mineral projects, which produce over 50 different minerals, and 73 operating oil and gas fi elds. Western Australia's resources industry continues to play a key role in the economic development and prosperity of the state and Australia.

About Western Australia

Western Australia's goods and services exports were valued at $126 billion in 2011, growing on average 16 per cent every year for the last five years. Key exports for Western Australia in 2011 were iron ore, gold and crude oil. The state accounted for 41 per cent of Australia's total exports in 2011.

2010-11 economic indicators

Estimated resident population (September 2011): 2,366,859

Real Gross State Product growth (%): 3.5

Proportion of Australian GDP (%): 15.5

Why Western Australia trades

How the Australian Government encourages Western Australia's trade

The Australian Government is helping Western Australian 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.

Western Australia and Australia's FTAs

Information and contacts

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

DFAT state office contact details
08 9231 4499

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