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Socio-economic analysis

Tourism is an important part of the socio-economic profile of the Eyre and West Coast region

Change has been evident in communities across the Eyre and West Coast region over the last three decades, including a decline in conventional agriculture, the rise of aquaculture and value-adding and the emergence of mining.

The Eyre Peninsula remains a major economic resource for South Australia and the nation, accounting for 30 percent of the State’s grains crop and a major share of fisheries production. It is also home to more than 30,000 people and a major tourism destination in its own right.

Theme 6 uses social science approaches to develop a socio-economic profile of communities potentially affected by any future development. Through consultation, community concerns and perceptions of key issues regarding likely future activities will be examined, along with the economic dependence of individual regional communities on activities related to the Great Australian Bight.

This will provide a baseline measurement against which any future changes may be assessed.

Socio-economic projects

Socio-economic profile of the Eyre and Western region: literature review and community analysis. Project Leader: Professor Andrew Beer, University of Adelaide.

The project will establish a baseline understanding of the nature of these communities, their dynamics, and potential and processes of change. It will provide a valuable resource for understanding how human activities in the Great Australian Bight may reshape some of these communities.

Fact sheet: A social profile of the Eyre and Western Region: literature review
and community analysis (PDF 329KB)

Economic profile of Eyre and Western region. Project Leader: Professor Mike Young, University of Adelaide.

This project will build the baseline necessary to assess any potential economic impacts to the Eyre Peninsula and West Coast regions from human activities in the Great Australian Bight.

This project will also develop an understanding of the region’s capabilities and capacity, which can support future work to ensure that potential benefits to the region are maximised.

Fact sheet: Economic profile of Eyre and Western Region (PDF 351KB)

Great Australian Bight fisheries benchmark study and potential impacts of the development. Project Leader: Dr Sean Pascoe, CSIRO.

This fisheries benchmark project will develop a baseline of social and economic conditions relating to commercial fishing in the Great Australian Bight, and, where possible, recreational fishing and aquaculture.

An understanding of how these conditions vary across the region is important to the assessment of changes following any potential development.

Fact sheet: Fisheries economic value baseline (PDF 307KB)

Socio-economic analysis team

Final reports

Beer A and Thredgold C (2017). Social profile of the Eyre Peninsula and West Coast region. Final Report GABRP Project 6.1. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 16, 98pp.

Pascoe S, Beer A, Thredgold C, Young M and Whetton S (2017). Theme 6: Socio-economic analysis. Theme Report. Great Australian Bight Research Program, GABRP Research Report Series Number 39, 24pp.


TERM - Australia model (external website)
The Enormous Regional Model (TERM)-Australia, run through Victoria University, is a multiregional economic model of Australia. TERM-Australia is a powerful tool for short-run and long-run analysis of economic shocks affecting Australia and its regions. The Eyre Peninsula and West Coast region of South Australia in TERM-Australia has been updated through the Great Australian Bight Research Program.



The Great Australian Bight Research Program is a collaboration between BP, CSIRO, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the University of Adelaide, and Flinders University.