Market profile

China is Australia’s number one export market, our largest source of international students, our most valuable tourism market, a major source of foreign direct investment and our largest agricultural goods market. For several decades, exports and investment have underpinned the development of the Chinese economy. To maintain high levels of growth, the Chinese Government is encouraging a transition to services and consumption while pursuing more sustainable development.

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The China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

The entry into force of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in December 2015 injected fresh impetus into an already strong trade and investment relationship, opening the door for Australian companies to penetrate more deeply into our largest export market.

Visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for information on how to access the agreement, including details of preferential tariff rates for Australian exporters through an online portal.

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E-commerce in China: A guide for Australian business

E-commerce in China: A Guide for Australian Business offers practical advice, facts and insights on how China’s e-commerce marketplaces work and how to access them.

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Health and aged care in China: A guide for Australian business

Health and Aged Care in China: A Guide for Australian Business offers practical advice, facts and insights on entering China’s health and aged care markets.

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Complementary medicines in China: A guide for Australian business

Complementary medicines in China: A guide for Australian business offers practical advice, facts and insights on entering China’s complementary medicines market.

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China's market insights and opportunities

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  • Imports from China A$62,120 million
  • Exports to China A$93,040 million
  • Capital Beijing
  • Official Language Mandarin
  • Area 9,388,211 sq km
  • Population 1,382 million


Austrade China International School Outreach 2018
16 Mar 2018
Build on the success of Austrade’s 2016-17 School Outreach initiative with international schools who ...
North Asia FTA Training Session for SMEs: Cultural Awareness–Negotiating Business in China - Dandenong
21 Mar 2018
The aim of this workshop is to help you understand the cultural differences in business to enable yo ...
China International Education Exhibition Tour 2018
24 Mar 2018
Chinese International Education Exhibition Tour (CIEET) is held annually in major cities of China.
Australian VET providers in-market event at CIEET 2018
1 Apr 2018
This event is specifically designed for Australian vocational institutions looking to explore market ...

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Country Profile

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Trade and economic fact sheet

Containing general information, recent economic indicators, Australia’s trade and investment relationship with China and their global merchandise trade relationship that is updated twice a year.

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Free Trade Agreement

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APEC Business Travel Card Scheme

Managed by the Department of Immigration, the APEC Business Travel Card Scheme was developed to make travelling within the 21 APEC member countries much simpler and more efficient.

IP Passport fact sheets

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