Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate the ABS website
ABS Home > Statistics > By Release Date
ABS @ Facebook ABS @ Twitter ABS RSS ABS Email notification service
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/01/2006   
   Page tools: Print Print Page RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product  
Contents >> Chapter 3 - International relations >> Australia's credentials and place in the international system

AUSTRALIA'S CREDENTIALS AND PLACE IN THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM

Australia’s international interests are shaped in part by its geography and history, which have underpinned its active engagement in Asia and the Pacific and its close ties with North America and Europe.

Australia has a liberal, competitive economy marked in recent times by consistent growth, low inflation and low unemployment. Between 1998 and 2004, Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by an average of 3.6% each year - well above the global annual average of 2.6%. Australia is the 13th largest economy in the world. A modern and open economy, strong skills base and modern physical infrastructure support Australia's efforts to advance its economic interests overseas.

Australia's cultural diversity, record of constructive international engagement, strong political institutions and liberal democratic values - including commitment to the rule of law, freedom of the press and accountability of government - inform its involvement in world affairs.

The Australian Government published a second foreign and trade policy White Paper - Advancing the National Interest - in 2003. It is a comprehensive assessment of Australia’s place in the world and outlines how Australia can best use its political, strategic and economic assets to advance its national interests on the international stage.

Previous PageNext Page


Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window


Commonwealth of Australia 2014

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.