1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Sept 2005  
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Western Australian Statistical Indicators

The following feature articles appear in detail in the Western Australian Statistical Indicators (ABS cat. no. 1367.5) and are available free on the web:

Western Australia’s Changing Trade Relations - The Emergence of China and India
The direction of Western Australia's trade has seen major changes over the ten years to 2003-04, reflecting economic changes in Asia. In particular, China and India have emerged as two of the state's leading trading partners, accounting for 11.4% and 6.6% of total merchandise trade respectively in 2003-04. This article reviews Western Australia's international trade relations over the ten years to 2003-04. It then explores in more detail the state's trade with the emerging markets of China and India.

Disability, Ageing and Carers in Western Australia
Family members and friends are the main providers of care to people with disabilities and to the frail aged. While caring is often rewarding, it can also involve substantial personal and financial cost. Information about the circumstances of people with disabilities, the frail aged and carers is important to inform government policy and to determine the need for formal support and services.

This article highlights selected findings from the 2003 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) for people living in Western Australia.

Western Australian Statistical Indicators provides information on:

  • State Accounts
  • Prices and Wages
  • Retail Turnover
  • Finance and Investment
  • Building and Engineering Construction
  • Overseas Trade
  • The Labour Market
  • Agriculture
  • Mining and Energy...and much more

Each issue also includes an analysis of recent movements in key state economic and labour market data, as well as a section on social trends, which presents information on income and housing for Western Australia.