Economic briefing note on Victoria's exports of goods in August 2016

August  2016

Release date: 6 October 2016
Next release: 3 November 2016

Note: Monthly data used is calculated as the sum of the reported figure for the month and the preceding two months. This reduces volatility in the time series.

Exports of goods

This chart shows annual percentage growth in Australian and Victorian goods exports for each month between August 2006 and August 2016. A three monthly average is used to reduce volatility.  The chart shows that both Australia and Victoria have experienced highly volatile annual per cent growth in exports of goods, with Victorian growth trends broadly similar to that of Australia, though experiencing more contained volatility.  Annual growth for August 2006 was 9.8 per cent for Victoria and 21.0 per cent for Australia. The growth rate subsequently declined in Victoria and Australia before reaching a low in November 2007 of -6.1 per cent for Victoria and -2.4 per cent for Australia. The Australian growth rate grew rapidly until November 2008 reaching a peak of 63 per cent before declining rapidly to -31.5 per cent in November 2009. Victoria experienced a lower peak of 19.1 per cent in November 2008 but a similar decline to -25.1 in November 2009.  The Australian growth rate then peaked again at 38.9 per cent in August 2010 while the Victorian growth rate fluctuated between 3 and 16 per cent until September 2012 when the growth rate became negative. The Australian growth rate then fell to -15.2 per cent in October 2012 and has since had less volatility, reaching a peak of 19.2 per cent in February 2014. Since mid-2014, the Australian growth rate has fluctuated between 0 and -12 per cent. Victoria has had similar fluctuations but has recorded positive peaks in December 2014 (3.9 per cent) and September 2015 (6.5 per cent). In August 2016 the Victorian growth rate was -5.5 per cent and the Australian growth rate was -2.8 per cent.

Victoria

Victoria exported $1968 million worth of goods, which represents a -5.5 per cent annual change to August 2016 and a -2.6 per cent change in the month to August 2016.

Australia

Australia exported $20,802 million worth of goods, which represents a -2.8 per cent annual change to August 2016 and a 1.1 per cent change in the month to August 2016.

Export of goods NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT AUST
August 2016 ($ million) 312219684032883878219935020,802
Annual change to August 2016, $ million (%) -142 (-4.4) -114 (-5.5) -176 (-4.2) -79 (-8.2) -1 (0.0) -25 (-11.3) -76 (-17.8) -605 (-2.8)
Change in the month to August 2016, $ million (%) 24 (0.8) -52 (-2.6) 25 (0.6) -11 (-1.2) 267 (3.1) 0 (0.0) -9 (-2.6) 228 (1.1)

Australia's exports of goods and services

This chart shows the value of goods and services exports in Australia between August 2006 and August 2016 in billions of dollars. Services exports have grown steadily from 3.7 billion in August 2006 to 6.2 billion in August 2016. Services exports grew steadily from August 2006 to December 2008 before remaining mostly flat until mid-2012. Since then, services exports have grown at a faster pace. The value of goods exports are significantly higher than that of services. Goods exports have also experienced greater fluctuations. In August 2006, the value of goods exports was 14.2 billion. The value of goods exports remained flat at about 14 billion until about February 2008 when it increased rapidly, reaching a peak in October 2008 of 23.1 billion. This was followed by a decline to 15.3 billion in May 2009 and remained flat for the rest of 2009. From January 2010 there was another period of strong growth reaching a peak of 21.6 billion in June 2010. This was followed by a small decline and then a positive but volatile trend, reaching a peak of 24.4 billion in January 2014. Since then there has since been small negative but volatile trend howver there has been a positive trend since January 2016. Goods exports were 20.7 billion in August 2016. 

Rural

Rural exports included $3481 million worth of goods, which represents a 1.0 per cent change in growth in the month to August 2016.

Rural exports which had the largest change in growth

Export Percentage change (%) Nominal change ($ million)
Other rural1.931.0
Cereal0.347.0
Wool 7.319.0

Non rural

Non rural exports included $15,289 million worth of goods, which represents a 2.7 per cent change in growth in the month to August 2016.

Non rural exports which had the largest change in growth

Export Percentage change (%) Nominal change ($ million)
Other mineral fuels8.1145.0
Metal ores and minerals6.4363.0
Minerals4.632.0

Services

Service exports included $6174 million worth of goods, which represents a 1.5 per cent change in growth in the month to August 2016.

Service exports which had the largest change in growth

Export Percentage change (%) Nominal change ($ million)
Passenger transport5.914.0
Transport2.816.0
Travel1.764.0

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), cat. no. 5368.0 – International trade and goods and services

Contact

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