The resource sector will remain the backbone of the Pilbara economy for decades to come, however the region boasts numerous other comparative advantages that present exciting new opportunities for new industries.
Indigenous Australians make up 14% of the Pilbara’s population, compared to 2.5% of the nation’s population. The Pilbara’s strong and expanding resources sector has provided significant opportunities for Indigenous employment and business development.
A number of significant strategic partnerships have been established across the region, targeting and promoting Indigenous economic participation employment.
The labour market in the Pilbara region has been one of the strongest in the country, with sustained low levels of unemployment over the past two decades. The average unemployment rate was just 2.9% in 2018.