Figures from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's latest statistics 2018-19 show Western Australia's mineral and petroleum industries reported sales of $145 billion. This is a $30 billion increase from the previous 2017–18 period. As a direct outcome from this growth in sales, the average number of individuals employed in the WA minerals sector in 2018-19 was 124,010, up from 112,008 the previous year.
"Interest and investment in the resources sector remains strong, WA projects in the pipeline had an estimated value of $108 billion in September 2019." said Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.
For more information about these statistics, visit the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website
Main picture, (L) Kim Dick, winner of the 2017 WA Training Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, with a colleague.