The State of South Australia covers approximately 984,000 square kilometres and has a population of just over 1.66 million people. Regions in the State are quite distinct and range from the cooler and more temperate grazing country found in the south-east to the hot, arid landscapes of the far north.
The State’s coastline, which forms the southern border of South Australia, is extensive and, in some regions, extremely rugged. Uniquely, the central location of the State on the Australian continent means South Australia has borders with every other Australian State.
South Australia enjoys a Mediterranean climate with temperatures ranging from an average of 29 degrees Celsius in January to an average of 15 degrees Celsius in July. Its community is culturally diverse as reflected in the rich lifestyle enjoyed by the majority of its population. Community Well-being and Sustainability are two goals common to all South Australian communities.
South Australian Economy
The South Australian economy is highly developed and diverse. Major industry sectors include;
- Minerals and Energy,
- Food and Wine, and
There has been a strong emphasis on ensuring the South Australian workforce is highly skilled and that the contribution of its people is valued. In recent years, there has a move towards positioning the State’s economy in order to take advantage of the opportunities presented by its close proximity to the rapidly developing economies of China and India. The State’s skill base will be fundamental to ensuring that this objective is realised.
South Australia is well positioned to take full advantage of its clean environment and extensive natural resource base. The growth of large-scale food production and the continued development of the State’s world-class wine industry are indicative of the future possibilities that exist in the State.
South Australia has the lowest living costs and the most affordable housing of any mainland Australian state. Average Weekly Earnings for adults in May 2013 stood at approximately $1285 while the median price of housing in Adelaide is around $380,000, well below the median price of housing in other mainland states and the average of $395,000 for all capital cities. Rental accommodation is also significantly less expensive.
South Australia also offers a culturally diverse and comfortable lifestyle in a safe and healthy environment. Access to excellent health care facilities and to renowned education and research institutions complete what is best described as an excellent place to live and work.
Adelaide, with a population of approximately 1.26 million people, is South Australia’s major city. It frequently features prominently in the rankings for the world’s most liveable city.
Adelaide is home to three world-class universities, offers its population an extensive choice of public and private schooling options and also has an established network of pre-school and child care facilities.
Health care includes major teaching hospitals as part of the public health system, located in both the city centre and in suburban locations across the city, as well as many private hospitals and health care centres for patients with special needs.
Regional cities include Mt Gambier in the State’s south east, Murray Bridge in the Murraylands, Renmark, Loxton and Berri in the Riverland, Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla in the north and Ceduna in the far west. Additionally, there are a number of regional centres including Roxby Downs, Coober Pedy, and Quorn. Many regional centres have available a wide range of education and health care facilities to meet the needs of the State’s regional population.
For more information on South Australia's regions:
Barossa and Mallala Region
Far North Region
Limestone Coast Region
Murraylands and Riverland Region
Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Region
Yorke and Mid North Region
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