As the fourth largest economy in Asia and with a population of over 50 million people, Korea's increasing demand for high-quality goods and services has provided key export opportunities across a range of Victoria's market sectors. Since the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) took force in  2014, significant trade and export barriers have been removed improving access to the Korean marketplace.South Korea is Victoria's eighth largest merchandise trading partner

Opportunities exist for Victorian businesses to export across a range of industries including:

Food and fibre

Victoria's global reputation as suppliers of premium quality, clean and healthy food – together with advantages in supply chain management – provides substantial export opportunities for Victorian agribusiness to meet Korea's increasing demand for high-quality beef, dairy, horticulture and healthy functional foods.

International education and tourism

Melbourne is recognised globally as a welcoming, cosmopolitan city and our world-class educational institutions are competitively placed to meet the demands of Korean students seeking to study here. With an increasing number of Korean tourists visiting each year, a significant customer base is provided for Victoria's tourism and hospitality businesses.

Medical technologies, pharmaceuticals and healthcare

Korea's ageing population is generating an increased need for services and products in the health and aged care sectors. Export opportunities have emerged for Victoria's pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare businesses specialising in innovative medical technologies, research and development, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and aged care.

Innovative technologies

Demand for innovative software technologies has increased in Korea as it transitions to a knowledge-based economy. Victoria's leading digital technology sector is strongly placed to provide Korea with digital and software solutions such as smart infrastructure, cloud and mobility computing, security, smart grids and smart cities.

Fast facts

  • Korea is Victoria's eighth largest merchandise trading partner.1
  • There were over 52,000 Korean visitors to Victoria in 2016.2
  • 4700 international students from Korea studied in Victoria in 2015.3
  • The Republic of Korea is the 11th largest national economy in the world.4.

Discover how your business can export to Korea

  • Asialink Business' Republic of Korea Country Starter Pack provides a comprehensive guide to doing business in the Republic of Korea.
  • The Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) office located in Seoul provides tailored market intelligence, insights and guidance for your export business. Seoul's VGTI office can also connect you with overseas buyers and industry partners in Korea.
  • Austrade's Republic of Korea Market Profile provides further detail and facts about the Korean market.
  • The Victorian Government provides support through a range of grants, vouchers and assistance programs.
  • The International Chamber House (ICH) in Melbourne's city centre is a business networking hub for international bilateral chambers and business associations.    It provides members access to meeting rooms with video-conferencing, flexible workspaces, and a function space for international business development events
  • Visit our regional insights page to read seasonal updates from our Regional Specialists


  1. DFAT STARS Database, based on ABS Cat No 5368.0, June 2016 data
  2. Tourism Victoria Research Unit, August 2016
  3. Department of Education and Training, 2016
  4. International Monetary Fund 2016