Department of State Development
  • A critical component of our economy.

    Increased overseas trade representation will deliver support to an export-led transformation of the South Australian economy.

In November 2018, the Department opened the first of five new overseas trade and investment offices. The new office in Shanghai, China, will facilitate business connections, providing support and guidance to South Australian companies looking to enter the Chinese market and to investors from China looking for opportunities in South Australia.

In March 2019, the second of the new offices - in Tokyo, Japan - was opened to service the North East Asia region. 

Other overseas trade and investment offices will be opened in:

  • Kuala Lumpur to cover South East Asia
  • Dubai to cover the Middle East, India and Africa
  • The United States to cover the Americas

South Australian representatives embedded within Austrade offices internationally will also be increased.

The Department for Trade and Investment provides export businesses with a one-stop-shop for training, mentoring and advice on boosting existing markets and securing new ones.

Our commercial ports provide a gateway to the world and are equipped to handle a range of containerised and bulk cargoes.

Adelaide Airport has international services connecting Adelaide with all the major Asian hubs, as well as Europe and the US.

In 2017, South Australia experienced strong growth in the value of goods exports in a range of key areas, such as wine, wheat, vegetables, meat and metal ores.  In services, education-related exports continue to experience solid growth.

South Australia’s services exports (2017 calendar year) show a 2.6 per cent increase to a value of $3.26 billion.

Key export markets

The South Australian Government’s trade policy promotes economic engagement and assists businesses in identifying trade opportunities in international markets and builds long-term collaborative networks.

China, the state’s largest two-way trading partner, remains an important focus for South Australia as it looks to increase its exports. New trade offices in Japan, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States will serve to create a more extensive overseas trade network for the state.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of almost 240 countries and economies, some are listed below.

Austrade also has an extensive list of country and industry market information. The profiles cover political and economic conditions and list the principle commodities exported to and imported from Australia.