Victoria's relationship with China
China is Victoria's largest trading partner, a major destination for Australian exports, a growing source of inward investment, and a major source of migrants and tourists. Victoria's economic prosperity is strongly linked to the State's relationship with China.
In 2020, China bought $159 billion of Australian exports, more than one-third of Australia's total exports to the world; China is our top overseas market for agriculture, resources and services. Chinese investment in Australia reached $12.8 billion in 2020-21, according to the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board.
Victorian Trade and Investment Offices
Supporting our relationship, the Victorian Government has offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Chengdu and Hong Kong, which play a vital role in the facilitation of trade, investment and the establishment of people to people links and partnerships between the regions.
Victoria's China Strategy
Victoria's China Strategy sets four ambitious 10-year targets from 2016 to 2026, across trade, investment, visitors and students. For more information visit:
China-Australia Free Trade Agreement
Entered into force in December 2015, the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) paves the way for Australia's economic relationship with China in terms of both trade and investment.
Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement
The Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (A-HKFTA) and associated Investment Agreement (IA) entered into force on 17 January 2020.
For more information please refer to The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade:
- China-Australia Free Trade Agreement
- FTA text and tarriff schedules
- ChAFTA fact sheets
- Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (A-HKFTA) and associated Investment Agreement (IA)
National / Institutions
- International Chamber House (ICH) - a business networking hub for international bilateral chambers and business associations
- Australia China Business Council
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) (launched 1989)
- G20 (established 1999)
- World Trade Organisation (WTO) (signed 2001)
- Victoria sister-state relationship with Jiangsu Province
- Hamer Scholarships Program supports Victorians to study Chinese in Jiangsu Province
- City of Melbourne sister-city relationship with Tianjin (established 1980)
- City of Bayside sister-city relationship with Cixi
- City of Latrobe sister-city relationship with Taizhou
- City of Moreland sister-city relationship with Xianyang
- City of Warrnambool sister-city relationship with Changchun
- City of Wyndham sister-city relationship with Changzhou
- Greater Bendigo sister-city relationship with Haimen (established 1996)
- Greater Geelong sister-city relationship with Lianyungang
- Greater Shepparton sister-city relationship with Lijiang
- Rural City of Mildura sister-city relationship with Dali
- Shire of Campaspe sister-city relationship with Shangri-La
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China enquiries contact Brett Stevens
Commissioner for Victoria to Greater China
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