The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment says “New jobs and more trade as confidence rises for Aussie exporters ”
The Australian government is helping SMEs unlock the opportunities trade agreements offer so they can sell more of their products and services to the world. Doing so will grow trade, the economy and create new Australian jobs.
The findings of a survey of Australia’s small to medium exporters reveals confidence is 10 percentage points higher compared to this time last year.
The Exporter Sentiment Index, shows strong confidence among Australian SME exporters with five of the six measures higher than the last survey in 2017.
The rise in confidence will see new jobs created as almost half businesses surveyed expect to employ new staff during the next 12 months.
The Exporter Sentiment Index also reveals 60 percent of SME exporters expect profits to be higher in the next 12 months and many are exploring opportunities to expand internationally.
Source: Media Release 12 March 2018 – Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
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