Queensland is Australia’s second largest state, covering 1,722 000 km2 and the third most populous with more than 4.5 million inhabitants. It occupies 22.5 per cent of the continent in the north-east and has boundaries with New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
The total coastline is 7400 km with the corals of the Great Barrier Reef fringing the eastern coastline for more than 2000 kilometres. Brisbane, the capital, is located in the south-eastern corner of the State.
Queensland has a pleasant climate (average summer temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius, average winter temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius) means that Queenslanders enjoy more winter sunshine and warmth than most other Australian states.
Areas of employment are included in the following table:
|Queensland – Total persons (Usual residence)||2011|
|Industry sector||Number||%||Australia %|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||55,442||2.7||2.5|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||24,838||1.2||1.1|
|Accommodation and Food Services||141,876||7.0||6.5|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||107,113||5.3||4.8|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||25,365||1.2||1.8|
|Financial and Insurance Services||54,160||2.7||3.8|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||36,984||1.8||1.6|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||132,737||6.5||7.3|
|Administrative and Support Services||65,031||3.2||3.2|
|Public Administration and Safety||136,848||6.7||6.9|
|Education and Training||160,945||7.9||8.0|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||242,600||11.9||11.6|
|Arts and Recreation Services||28,439||1.4||1.5|
|Inadequately described or not stated||48,009||2.4||2.3|
|Total employed persons aged 15+||2,039,298||100.0||100.0|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011.