Export volume of crude oil Australia FY 2011-2019

Australia’s crude oil export volume has steadily declined over the past decade. In financial year 2019, the volume of crude oil exported from Australia was approximately 14.7 thousand megaliters. Crude oil is refined to produce petroleum products such as automotive gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and LPG.

Who does Australia trade crude oil with?

Australia produces a significant volume of crude oil. Interestingly, most of this oil is exported, with the largest export destinations being Indonesia and Singapore. Despite this, Australia is a net importer of crude oil. The crude oil refined within the country is generally imported from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and make up most of the oil processed in its refineries.

Crude oil outlook

The global coronavirus outbreak has led to a sharp decline in fuel demand. This has affected Australia as it is dependent on imported crude oil to supplement its reserves. While the decrease in demand reduced the cost of imported crude oil, the situation for domestic crude oil refineries has been negative. Recently, one of the country’s four operating oil refineries has had to shut down in response to growing financial pressure. While Australia already imported most of its crude oil, it may have to increase this volume even further in the future once demand begins to rise again.

Export volume of crude oil from Australia from financial year 2011 to 2019 (in 1,000 megaliters)*

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

FY 2011 to FY 2019

Supplementary notes

*Volume includes crude oil and other refinery feedstocks.

Note: The source does not specify the period for the financial year. In general, the Australian financial year runs from July 1 to June 30.
Values have been rounded.

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