Perhaps counter-intuitively, Australia is a great place to manufacture and export from.
Counter-intuitive because it is half a planet away from major markets. Shipping costs from Australia can be prohibitive. Its energy and labour costs are also amongst the highest in the world.
On the flipside there are several foundational attributes that outweigh those challenges. The first of these is that Australia has a deservedly strong reputation for quality and high standards. In the Reputation Institute’s 2016 rankings, Australia was rated the fourth most reputable country globally.