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Led by Chief Economist Mark Thirlwell, the Economics at Austrade team are responsible for analysing the major trends and events in the Australian and international economies that help shape Austrade’s operating environment.

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Australian Economy | International Trade | International Investment
Updating the Australian economic story
9 Mar 2017Mark Thirlwell
The past month has seen several substantial data releases, including details on the Q4:2016 national accounts and balance of payments. This set of numbers provides a nice opportunity to assess the sta ...
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International Trade | Visitor Economy | ASEAN
Modern business services exports to ASEAN may be greater than you think
16 Feb 2017
Divya Skene
Modern business services is a term that encompasses a range of professional services such as Financial Services, Insurance and Pension Services, Telecommunications, Computer and Information Services a ...
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Australian Economy | International Trade
Australian exporter behaviour and business performance
16 Feb 2017
Mark Thirlwell
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science recently released the latest edition of the annual Australian Industry Report. While the whole report is well worth a look, Chapter Five, which focus ...
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Chinese Economy | International Trade | E-Commerce | Diaspora
Diverse pathways to China’s consumers
24 Jan 2017
Divya Skene
For Australian companies, operating in China is a recognised challenge.
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International Trade | World Economy
Steady as she goes (maybe): IMF updates its global outlook for trade and growth
18 Jan 2017
Mark Thirlwell
The IMF has released the January update to its world economic outlook (WEO). The projection for global growth is unchanged from the previous round of forecasts the Fund released last October, with wo ...
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Australian Economy | International Trade
Australia’s export performance updated: Resources, energy and the outlook
16 Jan 2017
Mark Thirlwell
I want to update the story on how Australian exports performed over 2015-16 and examine how the past few months’ data have changed the picture.
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Australian Economy | Chinese Economy | International Trade | Japanese Economy | Visitor Economy | US Economy | ASEAN
Australia’s export performance in 2015-16
13 Jan 2017
Mark Thirlwell
This post takes a (slightly belated) look at how Australia’s exports fared over the last financial year (2015-16 or FY2016).
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Australian Economy | International Trade | Visitor Economy
Visitor Economy exports worth $45 billion in 2015-16
22 Dec 2016
Tim Quinn
Growth in education and tourism exports has been strong in recent years, driven by rising incomes, improved competitiveness, expanding capacity, and a well-recognised product. Considered together thes ...
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International Trade
Income levels are important in determining education export opportunities
2 Dec 2016
Tim Quinn
In 2015-16 the value of exports of education travel-related services grew 9.4 per cent in 2015-16 to A$19.9 billion.
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International Trade | Visitor Economy | Diaspora
Local drivers of short-term visitors to Australia
23 Nov 2016
Divya Skene
While Australia offers more than sightseeing and textbooks, tourism and education exports remain strong drivers of Australia’s services exports by value, accounting for seventy-one per cent of these i ...
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