Western Australia (WA) is the largest state in Australia and as the name suggests it is located in the western region of Australia occupying 2,529,875 square kilometres, (almost one million square miles).
Western Australia offers a diverse assortment of attractions from the city life of Perth, feeding wild dolphins in Monkey Mia, the Outback and the rapidly growing wine region in the Margaret River area. There are also beautiful beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline, huge wheat fields inland and forests south of Perth
Much of the area inland is Outback desert and unless you are looking for this type of environment, you may want to visit the coastal areas.
Because Western Australia is a huge state the weather varies greatly. The weather can be very hot in the summer and the winters are milder.
Western Australia’s economy is largely driven by extraction and processing of a diverse range of mineral and petroleum commodities. The structure of the economy is closely linked to the abundance of natural resources found in the State, providing a comparative advantage in resource extraction and processing.
Other areas of employment are included in the following table:
|Western Australia – Total persons||2011|
|Industry sector||Number||%||Australia %|
|Accommodation and Food Services||64,795||5.9||6.5|
|Administrative and Support Services||34,328||3.1||3.2|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||26,418||2.4||2.5|
|Arts and Recreation Services||14,790||1.3||1.5|
|Education and Training||88,090||8||8|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||12,563||1.1||1.1|
|Financial and Insurance Services||27,989||2.5||3.8|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||113,757||10.4||11.6|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||11,672||1.1||1.8|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||79,009||7.2||7.3|
|Public Administration and Safety||68,557||6.2||6.9|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||19,069||1.7||1.6|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||49,762||4.5||4.8|
|Inadequately described or not stated||24,215||2.2||2.3|
|Total employed persons aged 15+||1,097,886||100.0||100.0|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011.