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WA economic stats

Perth is consistently ranked one of the most liveable cities in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit for its high living standards, safe environment and prosperous economy.

In 2015, it was ranked eighth, scoring strongly in all five categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

The Western Australian economy has been setting the benchmark for other Australian states for many years, thanks to its mining and energy sector, particularly the export of iron ore, gold and liquefied natural gas.

The continued international demand for these commodities has ensured economic growth above the national average.

The state’s economy is also underpinned by:

  • Agriculture – the second major export industry. Exported products include wheat, wool, meat and fish but also wine, ice cream and fine leather.

  • Services – mainly finance, insurance and property.

  • Tourism – WA’s beautiful natural environment, sunny weather and world-class facilities attract a wide variety of international and interstate visitors.

  • Shipbuilding and ocean-based industries, which use and protect the marine environment with new designs, materials and innovative technologies.