South Australia is a state in the southern central part of the country, along the Southern Ocean. It covers an area of 984 377 km². South Australia is known as both the Festival State and the Wine State and its capital is Adelaide.
The state’s population is approximately 1.54 million (2005). Most of those reside in the fertile coastal areas and in the valley of the Murray River.
The South Australian coastline is more than 3,800 kilometres long and has fantastic fishing, boating and surfing.
Northern parts of the state (such as the Flinders Ranges and outback of South Australia) experience very hot conditions during summer. Many of these areas are desert, so the days can be hot, while the nights are often cold.
Areas of employment are included in the following table:
|Regional SA – Total persons (Usual residence)||2011|
|Industry sector||Number||%||Australia %|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||23,168||14.3||2.5|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||2,000||1.2||1.1|
|Accommodation and Food Services||11,009||6.8||6.5|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||6,976||4.3||4.8|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||1,112||0.7||1.8|
|Financial and Insurance Services||2,267||1.4||3.8|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||1,607||1.0||1.6|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||3,911||2.4||7.3|
|Administrative and Support Services||4,944||3.1||3.2|
|Public Administration and Safety||7,719||4.8||6.9|
|Education and Training||11,390||7.0||8.0|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||18,570||11.5||11.6|
|Arts and Recreation Services||1,250||0.8||1.5|
|Inadequately described or not stated||3,221||2.0||2.3|
|Total employed persons aged 15+||161,643||100.0||100.0|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011.