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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Exports have grown to $438.1 billion in 2018 and foreign investment is at record levels, demonstrating that Australian exporters are navigating challenging global economic conditions and foreign investors are confident about investing in Australia.

Trade continues to play a vital role in Australia’s continued economic success, with over one quarter of our economic growth over the past five years generated by trade and one in five jobs relating to trade.
This publication seeks to explain in simple statistical representations and in plain English the importance of trade and investment to Australia’s ongoing prosperity.