Economy

Economic growth in the Great Southern is strong and offers plenty of opportunity for workers and investors. Primary production is the backbone of the region’s economy, through wool, broadacre cropping, livestock, timber and fishing. Tourism and viticulture are longstanding contributors and the economy is diversifying into new areas of endeavour.

Continuing growth brings demand for skilled people to fill positions in the professional, trades and services sectors. Manufacturing and fabrication sectors have long been driven by the requirements of agriculture but are responding to the needs of the diversifying economy.

Engineering, transport, commercial and financial services are key growth areas, increasing the demand for skilled tradesmen and professionals.

Quality wine grapes produced in the Great Southern’s five wine sub-regions and the high level of technology available to wine producers have generated a need for specialist skills and opportunities in a growing sector.

Albany is the region's administrative centre, home to a number of State and Commonwealth agencies.

Community Resource Centres throughout the region assist with new technologies in farming and small business enterprise, and provide State and Federal Government services.

More information about the Great Southern economy is available in Great Southern: A Region in Profile (3MB), produced by the Department of Regional Development.

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