South Australia Demographics

The population at the last national Census was 1 ,657,000 people an increase of 13,900 (0.8%) over the previous year. There are more females than males in the population and the average age is 37. There were roughly 25,000 people of Indigenous origin living in the region.



Of the population, 75% were Australian-born with the remaining residents hailing from the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany. English was the only language spoken at home by 84% of the population, with Italian, Greek and Vietnamese the next most common languages spoken.



In November 2011, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in SA was 5.3%, unchanged from the October 2011 rate. At the same time, the trend unemployment rate was also 5.3%, equal to the national rate and unchanged for the last 6 months. In total, there were 822,500 employed persons in South Australia, 442,700 employed males and 378,200 employed females. Of all employed males in SA in  2011, 18.2% were working part-time, compared to 52.4% of all employed females who were working on a part-time basis.

During the week prior to Census 635,325 people in South Australia (347,687 males and 287,638 females) were employed, representing 92% of the labour force. Of these 63% were working full-time. Within the total workforce 9% were employed as Managers and Administrators and 17% as Professionals.



The industries in SA which made the greatest contribution to the state’s gross product in 2010-11 in volume terms were: Manufacturing (10.4%), Financial and insurance services (8.7%), Ownership of dwellings (8.3%), Construction (6.9%), and Health care and social assistance (6.7).

From 2000-01 to 2010-11, the Construction industry recorded a 100.4% increase in value added. This represented the highest increase of all industries in SA. During the same period, the Manufacturing industry recorded the largest decrease of 15.6%.

At the end of June 2009 there were 144,500 operating businesses in SA, or 1,700 less than at the same time in the previous year.

The vast majority of these were small businesses, with 63.6% of the total being non-employing businesses and a further 32.2% of the total employing from 1-19 employees.

In 2009-10 the top five overseas exports from SA were Alcoholic beverages (SITC 112), Iron ore and concentrates (SITC 281), Copper ores and concentrates (SITC 283), Copper (SITC 682) and Wheat (SITC 041).

In 2009-10 the top five overseas imports into SA were Petroleum oils (excl. crude) (SITC 334), Motor cars (SITC 781), Motor vehicles for the transport of goods (SITC 782), Motor vehicle parts and accessories (SITC 784) and Rotating electric plant and parts (SITC 716).


South Australia Geography

South Australia Geography

The stunning wine country of South Australia, nestled in the valleys and rich earth are only the beginning to the wondrous landscape of the state. From geological wonderlands steeped in history to mighty rivers feeding into vast wetlands, there is such dimension to this

South Australia Government

South Australia Government

  The Parliament of South Australia makes the laws that govern our State. Our Parliamentary system is based on the British Westminster system, which divides the Parliament into two Houses – the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council. The procedures of the Parliament of

South Australia History

South Australia History

More than 40,000 years ago early Aboriginals inhabited South Australia. Aboriginal rock engravings, now believed to be among the oldest in the world, were created in the Olary region of South Australia. Naturaly much has change since then but the Aboriginal culture is still very

South Australia Flags & Emblems

South Australia Flags & Emblems

The State Flag of South Australia, which is flown from Government buildings and vessels, was authorised by Proclamation on 13th January, 1904, and comprises the Blue Ensign with the State Badge in the fly. In a 1829 mm x 914 mm flag the Badge


Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

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