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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
Funding Australia’s current account deficit
21 Sep 2017Mark Thirlwell
The current account deficit for 2016-17 dropped to just $29.5 billion, down from more than $74 billion in FY 2016.
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Australian Economy | International Trade | E-Commerce
E-commerce and Australian business
20 Sep 2017
Mark Thirlwell
While Australian businesses are taking advantage of the digital economy, the rate of adoption is perhaps not yet as widespread as might be assumed based purely on some of the breathless talk about the ...
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Australian Economy | International Trade
An update on Australian businesses’ export propensity
19 Sep 2017
Mark Thirlwell
Each year we take a look at the ABS report on the Selected Characteristics of Australian Businesses, which provides us with some numbers on the share of Australian firms that sell overseas.
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Australian Economy | International Trade
Australian exporters by the numbers: 2015-16
29 Jun 2017
Mark Thirlwell
The latest release of the ABS Characteristics of Exporters shows that Australia continues to grow the total number of our exporters, with an increase of 2,454 (five per cent) in exporter numbers in 20 ...
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Australian Economy | International Trade | International Investment
Australia’s shrinking current account deficit
23 Jun 2017
Mark Thirlwell
Following on from a 0.8 per cent of GDP deficit in the December 2016 quarter, the Q1 2017 result therefore marks a second consecutive quarter of deficits below one per cent of GDP.
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Australian Economy | International Trade
Australia’s export performance in 2016
16 Jun 2017
Mark Thirlwell
A look at what the latest set of annual trade data tell us about Australia’s export performance last year.
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Australian Economy | International Trade
Continued economic integration with Asia leads Australia’s total trade to exceed A$670 billion
14 Jun 2017
Edmund Tang
The value of Australia’s exports of goods and services grew by almost five per cent year-on year to A$330 billion in 2016, while imports dropped around three per cent to A$342 billion over the same pe ...
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International Trade | ASEAN
ASEAN: here comes the neighbourhood
12 May 2017
Divya Skene
Trade data for 2015-16 shows the ASEAN region continues to be an important trading partner for Australia - greater in significance than some might expect.
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Australian Economy | International Trade | International Investment
Updating the Australian economic story
9 Mar 2017
Mark 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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