Opportunity

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People choosing to live, work and invest in the Great Southern can explore a wealth of opportunity. Apart from the enticing opportunity to enjoy an enviable lifestyle, the Great Southern offers the chance to work in a wide range of careers.

The major industries of employment are:

  • Primary production
  • Retail trade
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Education and training
  • Construction and manufacturing.

The Great Southern has one of the more dynamic small business sectors in Western Australia. In 2012, there were 145 small businesses (less than 20 employees) per 1,000 residents in the region. This is the highest rate of small business activity for any region in Western Australia, and higher than the Perth average of 83. The region has a strong commercial and entrepreneurial culture, and a critical mass of industry sectors that are dominated by small business. The sector is served by several active industry associations.

Cover of Great Southern Regional Investment Blueprint

Potential investors are invited to explore the seven major project areas of the Great Southern Regional Investment Blueprint. This significant strategic planning document sets directions for growth in premium food production, tourism and engagement with digital technologies, along with support for strong communities and essential infrastructure for water, energy and transport.

GSDC staff are always ready to provide information and advice to promote business development in the region. Contact us to discuss projects that interest you. More information about the region is available in Great Southern: A Region in Profile.

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