Western Australia


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
Construction 111,848 10.2 8.2
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
Manufacturing 90,374 8.2 9
Mining 67,941 6.2 1.8
Other Services 42,889 3.9 3.8
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
Retail Trade 110,758 10.1 10.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 49,762 4.5 4.8
Wholesale trade 39,062 3.6 4
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.