Western Australia has a long-standing economic relationship and diplomatic links with Europe. The Office of the Agent-General Western Australia in London was established in 1891 and has played a pivotal role in shaping Western Australia's economy.
The European Union is Australia’s largest investment partner. The European Union's level of total investment in Australia was $1,088 billion in 2017, accounting for 33 per cent of foreign investment in Australia. Of this, $189 billion was direct investment or investment that involves the acquisition of business facilities and employment of workers. Australia's level of total investment in the European Union was $612 billion in 2017, accounting for 27 per cent of Australia's investment abroad. Western Australia continues to benefit significantly from this investment, particularly in the resource and service industries.
In 2017, merchandise exports to the European Union were worth $5.8 billion, accounting for 5 per cent of the state's merchandise exports. Over 80 per cent of these exports went to the United Kingdom ($3.5 billion) and Germany ($1.2 billion.) Western Australia also sourced 10 per cent ($3.8 billion) of its merchandise imports from the European Union in 2017.
Inbound visitors from the United Kingdom and greater Europe are the largest source of visitors into the state, with more than 280,000 arrivals annually bolstering the hospitality and services sector.
Contact the Government of Western Australia Europe Office
Mike Deeks, Agent General, Europe
5th Floor, The Australia Centre Corner of Strand and Melbourne Place London, United Kingdom WC2B 4LG
Phone: +44 20 7240 2881