Malaysia is Western Australia’s 12th largest merchandise export market. Western Australia exported A$1.9 billion of merchandise to Malaysia in 2018, with the top exports being petroleum, alumina, iron ore, mineral sands and copper ore. Malaysia is Western Australia’s 3rd largest export market for mineral sands.
Malaysia is Western Australia’s 3rd largest source of merchandise imports. Western Australia imported A$3.2 billion of merchandise from Malaysia in 2018, with the top imports being crude oil, refined petroleum oil and computers.
Malaysia is Australia’s 13th largest source of foreign direct investment (A$13.9 billion in 2018), while Malaysia is the 9th largest destination for Australia’s direct investment abroad (A$6.0 billion in 2018).
Western Australia had over 100,000 visitors and over 3,000 students from Malaysia in 2018. Malaysia is Western Australia’s 2nd largest market for international visitors and 3rd largest market for international students. For Western Australian tourists, Malaysia is the 7th most popular overseas destination, with 58,000 Western Australians visiting Malaysia in 2017-18.
Malaysian people reside in Western Australia. In 2016, 29,000 Western Australian residents were born in Malaysia.
The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation supports Western Australia’s investment and trade with Malaysia through its Singapore Office, which was established in 2012.