US Investment in Australia Will Help Lift Both Economies in a Post-Pandemic World

July 20, 2020 Updated: July 21, 2020

Two-way trade between the United States and Australia will aid the economies of both countries as they grapple with a post-coronavirus world, a new report suggests.

The report—commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia—found seven percent of Australia’s GDP was the direct result of US trade and investment in 2019, adding $131 billion into the economy.

US investment in Australia accounted for more than a quarter of all foreign investment – making the US the biggest source of foreign investment.

The US also invested 40 percent more in Australia than it invested in China, with half of that flowing into mining and manufacturing and the remainder supporting professional services, finance, wholesale and retail.

AmCham chair Brendan Nelson says Australia-US trade will be essential for economic prosperity in the post-COVID-19 environment.

“Both Australia and the United States, their businesses, industries and investors need one another more than ever,”  Nelson said in the report.

“Two-way trade and investment are essential to recovery.”

The AmCham-commissioned report follows a United States Studies Centre report last week which found the value of two-way foreign investment between the US and Australia has reached $1.82 trillion.

That is equivalent to about 90 percent of the value of the entire Australian share market and 10 times larger than Australia’s bilateral investment relationship with China.

The USSC study found more than 2000 American companies employed 272,000 workers in Australia, with an economic value of $71.6 billion.

A YouGov poll for the USSC of 1054 Australians found just 17 percent correctly identified the US as the largest source of foreign investment.

More than 70 percent believe China is number one, despite it having never overtaken the US.