1306.5 - Western Australia at a Glance, 2014  
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Estimated Resident Population
Demography
Population Census
Labour Market
Average Weekly Earnings
Education
Internet Use

PEOPLE

Western Australia had an estimated resident population of around approximately 2.5 million people in June 2013, accounting for 11% of Australia's population.

The State's capital, Perth, was founded on 12 August 1829 and the Greater Perth area contains more than three quarters (78%) of Western Australia's total population.

Estimated Resident Population (ERP)
ERP is the official measure of the population of Australia and is based on the Census counts by place of usual residence. For more detail on the ERP definition and methodology, see Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2013 (cat. no. 3101.0).

2012(a)
2013(b)

'000
'000

Sex
Males
1 231.7
1 273.8
Females
1 206.3
1 245.5
Age (years)
0-14
467.8
482.3
15-19
157.3
159.9
20-29
381.6
397.8
30-39
349.2
366.5
40-49
349.8
356.3
50-59
306.3
314.2
60-64
125.5
128.0
65 and over
300.5
314.4
Statistical Areas Level 4 - WA
Perth - Inner
172.9
177.8
Perth - North East
241.1
249.2
Perth - North West
532.6
550.1
Perth - South East
477.6
495.6
Perth - South West
389.0
403.6
Mandurah
91.8
96.1
Total Greater Perth
1 904.9
1 972.4
Bunbury
168.5
173.5
Western Australia - Wheat Belt
135.2
137.5
Western Australia - Outback
229.4
235.9
Total persons
2 438.0
2 519.3

(a) Revised estimate, value for 30 June 2012.
(b) Preliminary estimate, value for 30 June 2013.
Source: Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2013 (cat. no. 3101.0) and Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2012-13 (cat. no. 3218.0)

Demography
2012

WA
Proportion of Aust.

no.
%

Births
33 627
10.8
Deaths
13 339
9.1
Marriages
12 968
10.5
Divorces
5 073
10.2

Crude rate (per 1 000 persons)(a)
WA
Aust.

Births
13.8
13.6
Deaths
5.5
6.5
Marriages
5.3
5.4
Divorces
2.1
2.2

(a) The crude rate is the number of events in a calendar year per 1 000 estimated resident population at 30 June of the same year.
Source: Births, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 3301.0), Deaths, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 3302.0) and Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 3310.0)

Population Census
2011

WA(a)
Aust.

%
%

Country of birth
Australia
62.9
69.8
England
8.6
4.2
New Zealand
3.2
2.2
South Africa
1.6
0.7
India
1.3
1.4
Scotland
1.2
0.6
Religious affiliation
No Religion
25.5
22.3
Catholic
23.6
25.3
Anglican
18.8
17.1
Uniting Church
3.3
5.0
Christian, nfd
2.8
2.2

(a) Western Australia reported as place of usual residence.
Source: 2011 Census of Population and Housing

Labour Market
2013

WA
% of Aust.

Workforce participation(a)
'000
%

Employed persons
1 342.6
11.7
Unemployed persons
67.0
9.3
Total labour force persons
1 409.6
11.5

(a) December, Trend estimates.
Source: Labour Force, Australia, Mar 2014 (cat. no. 6202.0)

2013

WA
% of Aust.

Employing industries(a)
'000
%

Agriculture, forestry and fishing
28.8
8.9
Mining
106.7
39.1
Manufacturing
96.2
10.3
Electricity, gas, water and waste services
22.2
14.3
Construction
146.7
14.5
Wholesale trade
35.3
8.8
Retail trade
130.9
10.5
Accommodation and food services
84.5
11.2
Transport, postal and warehousing
77.3
12.9
Information media and telecommunications
13.4
7.3
Financial and insurance services
36.0
8.9
Rental, hiring and real estate services
27.0
14.1
Professional, scientific and technical services
96.8
11.0
Administrative and support services
41.7
10.8
Public administration and safety
80.4
10.7
Education and training
95.5
10.6
Health care and social assistance
141.4
10.1
Arts and recreation services
19.4
9.7
Other services
54.2
11.6
Total
1 334.6
11.6

(a) November quarter, Original estimates.
Source: Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, Feb 2014 (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003)

Average Weekly Earnings(a)
WA average weekly earnings were the second highest of all states and territories in November 2013.

2013

WA
Aust.

Full time adult weekly ordinary time earnings
$
$

Males
1 754.10
1 532.10
Females
1 338.20
1 270.50
Persons
1 620.00
1 437.00

(a) November quarter, original estimates.
Source: Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Nov 2013 (cat. no. 6302.0)

Education
In 2013, 15% of WA's population were attending primary or secondary school. These figures represent full-time students formally enrolled at school and actively engaged in an education program.

2013

WA
% of Aust.

no.
%

Full time students
Government
253 383
10.8
Non-government
131 712
10.4
Total
385 095
10.6
Schools
Government
768
11.5
Non-government
299
10.9
Total
1 067
11.4

Source: Schools, Australia, 2013 (cat. no. 4221.0)


Internet Use

2010-11
2012-13

Proportion of total WA households
%
%

Households with internet access
81
85
Households with broadband internet access
75
79

Source: Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2012-13 (cat. no. 8146.0)