Australia's resources sector represents more than two-thirds of our country's goods exports, the majority of which come out of Western Australia (1)
With its reliance on mining, a critical worker shortage would prove dire for the state, and hence, throughout the pandemic, Western Australia (WA) remained the only state to keep its borders closed to the rest of Australia and the world.
As COVID-19 progressed in 2021, WA's strategy of 'keeping the virus out' began to pay off. Aside from their geographical isolation, WA benefited from being more economically isolated. Unlike Queensland's economy, (which relied heavily on borders being open for tourism) WA's economy continued to function independently of state migration, much like WA's economy has done for decades.