Western Australia has a great range of diverse industries within the State, ranging from mining and construction to tourism and education.
The Western Australian economy is largely dominated by the mining and resources sector, with iron-ore, gold, liquefied natural gas, diamonds and agricultural commodities such as wheat being exported all over the world due to the resource-rich land the State offers.
Agriculture is also a significant industry sector within the Western Australian economy. The State produces wheat, barley, other grains, wool, lamb and beef for the national economy of Australia, as well as the international export market. With major wine-producing areas within Western Australia, many wineries produce wine for local, national and international consumption. Fishing is also notably significant for the local and international export market, with the main types of aquaculture being western rock lobsters, prawns, crabs, shark and tuna.
Manufacturing is also a main contributor to the State’s economy. Manufacturing of mined resources is a huge proportion of this industry, such as engineering of the metals mined, ship building and petrol and diesel produced from the oil refineries found off the coast. Food manufacturing and processing from the agricultural industries is also a large component of the economy.
Tourism and education have grown significantly during the past few years, with more international tourists visiting Western Australia, and students choosing to study here. Towns with smaller populations have benefitted from this increase, as the generated income increases the prosperity of the region.
Industries in Western Australia
There are 19 industry classifications in Western Australia. The Department of Training and Workforce Development website has lots of useful information about these industries. Select an industry to find out more.
Administrative and support services
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Arts and recreation services
- Accommodation and food services
Education and training
Electricity, gas, water and waste services
Financial and insurance services
Healthcare and social assistance
Information, media and telecommunications
Professional, scientific and technical services
Public administration and safety
Rental, hiring and real estate services
Transport, postal and warehousing