Queensland

QLD

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
Mining 52,964 2.6 1.8
Manufacturing 171,676 8.4 9.0
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 24,838 1.2 1.1
Construction 183,720 9.0 8.2
Retail Trade 217,581 10.7 10.5
Wholesale trade 74,242 3.6 4.0
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
Other Services 78,728 3.9 3.8
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.