Indonesia is Western Australia’s 10th largest merchandise export market. Western Australia exported A$2.3 billion of merchandise to Indonesia in 2018, with the top exports being petroleum, wheat, iron ore, alumina and live animals. Indonesia is Western Australia’s largest export market for wheat and live animals.
Indonesia is Western Australia’s 12th largest source of merchandise imports. Western Australia imported A$713 million of merchandise from Indonesia in 2018, with the top imports being refined petroleum oil, crude oil, and industrial machinery and equipment.
Indonesia is Australia’s 38th largest source of foreign direct investment (A$1 million in 2018), while Indonesia is the 13th largest destination for Australia’s direct investment abroad (A$2.3 billion in 2018).
Western Australia had over 31,000 visitors and over 1,000 students from Indonesia in 2018. For Western Australian tourists, Indonesia is the most popular overseas destination, with 330,000 Western Australians visiting Indonesia in 2017-18.
Indonesian people reside in Western Australia. In 2016, 11,000 Western Australian residents were born in Indonesia.
In August 1990, Western Australia and East Java signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Sister State Relationship, which has led to exchanges in food, agriculture, sport, education, disability services, government administration and parliamentary delegation visits.
The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation supports Western Australia’s investment and trade with Indonesia through its Jakarta Office, which was established in 2003 (the State’s original office in Indonesia was opened in 1992 and located in Surabaya, East Java).