1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
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Int accounts and trade


This chapter presents statistics on Australia’s international accounts, covering exports and imports of goods and services, international investment transactions, and levels of Australia’s foreign financial assets and liabilities.

These statistics are used by economic analysts and policy advisers to monitor, evaluate and forecast developments in Australia’s external trade and external sector accounts. They are used by governments, businesses, industry associations and researchers, among others, to analyse patterns of trade and assess particular types of transactions and financial claims and liabilities between Australian residents and non-residents.

The information presented in this chapter is on the same conceptual basis as the information presented in chapter 30 NATIONAL ACCOUNTS. However, estimates in the two chapters differ as they are based on information compiled at different points in time.

This chapter contains a special article, Finance and insurance foreign affiliates.

More detailed information on trade in particular commodities can be found in chapters 16 AGRICULTURE, 17 FORESTRY AND FISHING, 18 MINING, 19 ENERGY and 20 MANUFACTURING.


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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.